Hearing Chewing in Your Walls? Could Be Mice or Could Be Squirrels
If you are hearing chewing in your walls and or attic it is likely that you have squirrels. It could be mice, it could be both as they will reside together. Difference being, mice sound like a light tapping just enough to make you crazy. Squirrels will sound like a hammer drill on low. Another difference is, usually squirrels work their way down. The longer the squirrels have been there, the more holes they’ve had a chance to make. Mice will work their way up. Mouse droppings in the basement, only a few. Mouse droppings found in the attic, a problem.
There are a few meaningful questions that an animal removal company would ask when you call them:
1. What noises are you hearing, running chewing, crying?
Answers will define what kind of animal it is.
If you are hearing running it’s probably a raccoon. If you are hearing chewing and scampering it’s probably squirrels. If you are hearing chewing that you really have to listen for it’s probably mice. Squirrels have to chew/gnaw other wise their teeth grow too long and they won’t be able to eat. They don’t really care what they chew on. They will have one exit hole that you can see. To make you think that this is the only one. They will have a bunch more hidden holes.
2. Where are you hearing these noises?
Answers will tell where the animal is nesting and the path it is taking to get there. Which can help to find the hidden holes.
3. How long have you being hearing and or having this problem?
Answers will inform us as to how long the animal problem has been there. From that you can figure out how many squirrels, raccoons, mice, bats etc. are there.
4. Where you are you calling from?
Answers will let us know how to bait the traps. Letting us know what there diets has probably been.
The most shared areas that squirrels will get into your house are:
The corner of your roof is one of their most shared spots. Lots of times if you go to the corner of your roof where the shingles meet you will be able to pull it up an there will be a hole underneath. Or if you check your roof vents you might think that it’s just loose. When truly, the top has been chewed away acting like a trap door. Where the roof meets a peak. If you have vents at the side of your house they can push the screen out and walk right in. The side small vents are never screened and if they are they’re plastic. Squirrels will chew right by them. Once in they will chew by the pipe in they are in the attic. Because they are so light you usually won’t hear them running around unless they are in the soffits. They will play there. Have kind of their own grand prix. Usually after the babies are born and are big enough they will use it as a race course. Then, yes you will hear them running.
You should cap your vents and chimnies as a preventative maintenance, please get a specialized to do it! You may have animals in your chimney or attic and not know. By trapping them in you could cause serious damage to everything!