What Does a Mouse Sound Like?

Mouse Audio

Thought you heard a mouse? Listen to an audio recording (mp3 file) of mouse noises and sounds.

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House mice are able to enter homes through openings in buildings as small as a quarter of an inch in diameter. They infest wall voids, basements, attics, barns, sheds, porches, and other places that provide them with shelter from the elements and adequate food. The pests also live in fields and on farms.

Mouse Noises

Mice use vocals to express emotions and relay the location of food and shelter. The noise they make most frequently is a high-pitched squeak, almost like a singing chatter, but it can change in pitch and frequency depending on what they're trying to communicate. For example, their squeaks are faster during mating and louder when they find food.

House mice are also notorious for making scratching and scuffling noises as they move behind baseboards, drywall, and floorboards in homes. These sounds are caused by the pests' nails digging into surfaces for grip.

Mice Sounds at Night

Mice are typically the most vocal when searching houses for food and water. As this usually takes place 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise, homeowners are most likely to hear mouse sounds at night. Aside from noisy squeaking, the pests also make scratching sounds while they forage. People may hear noises caused by mice in walls, kitchens, and basements. Homes with accessible grains, seeds, sweets, proteins, and water are at most risk of infestation.

Control & Removal

In addition to being noisy, these pests cause a number of issues around homes. They spread diseases, such as leptospirosis and salmonella, and contaminate food. Mice also leave collections of their urine and droppings all over buildings. As such, individuals should contact pest control specialists at the first sign of infestation.