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Do you hear bats scratching in the walls or attic space?

Are bats making noise in your home during the night?

Hearing noise from wildlife animals in the attic space or wall cavity of your house at night is very unsettling however very common for homeowners in Michigan. When scratching in the walls starts to occur the most typical animals at fault are bats, mice, squirrels, and raccoon. All of these nuisance wildlife animals are nocturnal in nature and so their main time for activity occurs through out the evening and into the early morning hours which can be very disturbing to your sleep. Besides the obvious annoyance of the noise created from these animals the damage they can cause to the structure of your home is much more concerning and reason to have a wildlife control professional come to perform trapping services.

Bats in your walls and attic

One of the most common signs of a bat infestation in your attic space or walls cavities are the scratching noises that can be heard at night as bats move through to make their way outside.  When bats get into the attic space during the night they begin to burrow into the insulation and drop down into the wall cavities to sleep during the day. In the summer months when the heat of the attic becomes unbearable during the day bats drop into lower sections of the walls to cool down, it is not uncommon for bats to make their way all the way down to the basement. The same can also be said for mid winter when the cold of the attic space forces bats to seek warmth in the lower walls of the house.

Squirrels in the attic

Squirrels frequently get into the attic space but very rarely do they drop into the walls, their main area is the attic space and soffits. although they are not nocturnal you can occasionally hear squirrels moving around at night through the insulation and more commonly the soffits which are hollow and follow the entire perimeter of the roof line. Flying squirrels ARE nocturnal although very rare to get into a homes attic space however Michigan does have small grey flying squirrels.

Raccoon in the attic

Again raccoon’s do not drop down into the wall cavities they stay in the attic or soffit similar to squirrels. A raccoon can cause a lot of damage to the attic, insulation, duct work, electrical wiring, and exterior siding of a home. If a female raccoon makes her way into the attic with pups you will hear the crying of the newborn raccoons around the clock and the mother can be more aggressive as she will be more protective of their young. Hearing the raccoons crawling around the attic space can be quite loud and their waste can cause mold growth and considerable damage to the insulation.

Mice in the walls or attic

Mice are typically not loud enough to be heard in the attic space but when chewing in the wall cavity or getting into food in a pantry the evidence can be seen. It is more likely to hear mice in lower areas of the wall closer to the floor but sometimes they are heard higher up. Hearing mice around the perimeter of rooms is common and much more noticeable in rooms with hardwood floors. A lot of people assume noise they hear at night as mouse activity but 9 out of 10 times it is bats that are heard not mice.