Animal Noises in your Kansas City Metro Home

If you start hearing noises in your home that you have never heard before-like scratching in your walls-it could be an indication that you have an animal problem. Before the problem gets out of hand, we can help you identify what it is. 

Timing of Animal Noises

Many wildlife that resides in your home is nocturnal, which means they are only active during nighttime hours. Nocturnal animals include

Some wildlife is diurnal, which means they are mostly active during the day. Squirrels are diurnal animals. Other animals may display crepuscular activity, which means they are active during the twilight hours at sunrise and sunset. 

Mouse NoisesAnimal noises in your Kansas City Metro home

We receive a common question: "what do mice in the attic sound like?" Mice are nocturnal animals, so you'll most likely hear them in the evening hours. You will likely hear them scurrying through your walls and in your ceiling. You could also hear small squeaking sounds or scratching.

Mice are quiet animals, so the sound you're most likely to hear is them running about along your baseboards, walls, and floors.

It's important to catch mice as soon as possible, because they will chew up the furniture and occasionally gnaw on wires, creating a fire hazard in your home.

Squirrel Noises

Squirrel sounds are similar to mouse sounds, but squirrels are active during the daytime. If you hear running, scratching, or scurrying during the day, the issue is probably a squirrel.

Places you may hear squirrels:

  • ceiling
  • walls
  • attic
  • basement

Squirrels will tear your insulation for their beddings and bring debris from the outdoors inside, which can attract other wildlife and bugs. 

Bat Noises

Bat sounds are similar to rodent sounds. Bats are nocturnal, so any noises you hear from bats will likely be at night. It can be hard to distinguish bat sounds from rodent sounds, so the best way to find out if you have a rodent problem or bat problem is to look outside in the evening and look for bats flying in and out of your home. 

If you're close enough to the bats, you may hear squeaking, flapping, or thumping. 

Raccoon Noises

Raccoons are one of the loudest animals you'll hear in your Kansas City Metro home. Weighing on average 40 pounds, they thump around and make quite the ruckus. You'll likely hear them in your attic. Common raccoon noises include:

  • thumps
  • mewing
  • crying

Raccoons in your chimney are another common problem. Raccoons make messes in your home with their latrines which can be harmful to you and your family. Latrines are piles of feces that the raccoons leave in one place, which can affect the drywall, insulation, and structural integrity of your home. 

Bird Noises

You'll know you have a bird problem in your Kansas City Metro home if you hear their daytime activity. Starlings are the most common culprit in Kansas City Metro homes. They are quite loud when they fly into your attic walls or bump into your louver. Birds will make nests in your attic if left unattended, resulting in many droppings. 

Opossum Noises 

Opossums are a very common pest around the Kansas City area. They can typically be found near houses with overflowing trash cans or by residents that leave pet food outside. Often times people discover opossums in their house through smell, as they defecate more than other mammals. However, they still make noises and can be heard growling, clicking, thumping around, or most commonly hissing.

If you aren't sure what the cause of the animal noise is, not to worry--the experts at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro can determine the wildlife problem that your home is facing. Critter Control of Kansas City Metro will find all points of entry, remove the animals, repair points of entry, and put measures in place to help prevent future animal control problems. Contact us today for help with your wildlife sounds! Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922