Noises in the Attic

Noises in the Attic

Determining whether there’s something in the attic is fairly straightforward, but identifying which animal it is is made easy with our handy resource below. Did you know rats, mice and squirrels are responsible for up to ¾ of the animal entries into homes in Ft. Worth—and across the nation? So how can you know which animal is which? Read more below:

Rodents in the Attic

One of the most common home intruders, mice, and rats are notorious for making nests in the attic. Common signs of rodents in the attic are scratching, squeaking, and chewing sounds—all in proportion to their size. Did you know that rats' vocalizations are not usually at frequencies humans are able to hear? That means if you are hearing vocal noises, it is likely mice. Another vocal noise you will likely hear from mice is high-pitched chirping. These noises—along with the scratching—will be most common at night, as most rodents are nocturnal. 

Squirrels in the Attic

  • The most frequently reported noise associated with squirrels overhead in homes is scurrying and scratching. Another noise unique to squirrels is "barking" which sounds similar to a dog bark. 
  • You may also hear rolling noises—this is the squirrel moving their hard-earned nuts, acorns & more. 
  • Squirrels can also be responsible for scraping or rubbing noises as they interact with objects. 

Another tip for identifying which critter you are dealing with: squirrels are one of the only wildlife animals that are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day—unlike their relatives, mice and rats.

Bats in the Attic

Bats are quite small compared to other attic visitors like raccoons or skunks. Typically on the quieter side, bats are known to make noises like scratching as they cling to walls and beams. The vocal noises bats make in attics are similar to mice—squeaking at night and in the early hours of the morning. They are often high-pitched and bright, regardless of the bat's age. You might also hear a slight fluttering from bat wings.

Some other common attic intruders in Fort Worth include:

Raccoons in the Attic

The largest attic visitor that you are likely to experience is the raccoon. Their most common noise is thumping, and you might even mistake it for a human, which can be frightening. Raccoons are also quite verbal, with a range of noises especially when they have babies. It has often been reported to sound like crying, both high pitched (babies) and low (adult raccoons).

Skunks in the Attic

Skunks are fairly independent animals and therefore seek an isolated and cozy area to nest, like your attic. Compared to many other wildlife critters, skunks are fairly quiet, but they are able to vocalize. Skunk noises often sound like squealing, screeching, or hissing. Their long claws also create a tapping noise on hard surfaces.


No matter what strange noise is in your home, it's important to get it removed to prevent further damage. If you need help figuring out which animal is in your attic, or would like assistance on removing that animal, give us a call! 817.857.4803

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