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. These noises will be most common at night, as mice are nocturnal.

Squirrels in the Attic

The most frequently reported noise associated with squirrels overhead in homes is scurrying and scratching. You may also hear rolling noises—this is the squirrel moving their hard-earned nuts, acorns & more. Another tip: squirrels are one of the only wildlife animals that are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.

Bats in the Attic

Bats are quite small compared to other attic visitors like raccoons or skunks. The noises bats make in attics are similar to mice—squeaking/scratching at night and in the early hours of the morning. 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 think it’s 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 are fairly independent animals and therefore seek an isolated and cozy area to nest, like your attic. 

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