Hearing noises in your attic is one of the first indications of wildlife nesting in your home. Cleveland residents should call Critter Control of Cleveland right away if they suspect bats, squirrels, mice or raccoons are scurrying in their attic. We will inspect your home and remove the problem animal quickly. Call Critter Control of Cleveland today at 216.342.2316.

What is That Noise in My Attic?

Dark Attic in Cleveland HomeAny number of noises in the attic can be unsettling for homeowners. So how do you know which noise belongs to which animal?

Racoon Sounds

That large bump in the night coming from your attic was probably a racoon. Racoons average around 20 pounds, so they cause quite the ruckus. 

When racoons have kits, they are quite vocal. Adult racoons have a deep voice while their kits have a high-pitched cry. 

Here are some additional sounds you may hear from racoons in your home:

  • Dragging
  • Thumping
  • Scratching
  • Whining

Racoons are nocturnal, which means they are active at night. Hearing these sounds at night is another indication that they are racoons. 

Rat and Mice Sounds

Scurrying or scratching in your ceiling is an indicator that you have mice or rats that have made their home in your attic. Scampering is another indicator.

You may want to distinguish between a mouse and a squirrel. To do so, tap on the area of the wall or ceiling when you hear the sound. Mice will freeze in fear, while squirrels will start running around. Rats and mice are nocturnal, so you will most likely hear them in the night time hours.

Squirrel Sounds

Besides scratching and scurrying, you may know you have a squirrel in your ceiling by these other sounds:

  • Squeaking
  • Grunting
  • Barking
  • Rubbing
  • Chirping

You may also be able to hear them running in the attic or through the walls. Squirrels are most active during the day. 

Get Animals Out of Your Cleveland Attic

Your attic is a perfect location for wildlife because they're looking for a cozy, safe area to stay out of the elements and away from predators. Homeowners in the Cleveland area often find squirrels, mice, raccoons, bats, and opossums in their attic. Damages that wild animals can cause include: 

  • Critters have a tendency to chew on electrical wires, ruin insulation, and dig holes in your walls.
  • If unattended, these problems can lead to serious problems such as electrical fires, water damages, and other hazardous issues. 

The best way to remove wildlife will depend upon which animal it is. Larger wildlife will typically involve professional trapping, while the smaller animals like birds, mice, or bats will require a more delicate approach to eradicate them from your home. These are difficult tasks to perform as an inexperienced homeowner, so you should seek professional advice regarding wildlife in your attic. 

Full-Service Wildlife Removal Company 

If you hear odd noises in your attic, chances are there are unwanted critters in your home. Our skilled professionals will give you a free estimate, and we can answer any questions you have about wildlife in your attic. Don't hesitate to call our experts at Critter Control of Cleveland today!