What Does a Rat Sound Like?

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Home-invading rats are typically brown to black in color. They have long tails and poor eyesight, but excellent hearing, smell, taste, and touch. They are skilled jumpers, climbers, and swimmers, which helps them sneak inside buildings. Infestations tend to gather in attics, basements, and the spaces between walls.

Rat Noises

Rats make a combination of squeaking, hissing, and chattering sounds. They can communicate different emotions depending on the frequency of the noise. Often, squeaks or hisses signify that a rat is afraid or in pain. The pests also chomp and grind their teeth. Finally, rats can be heard scratching, gnawing, and rustling inside homes.

Risks & Dangers

Not only do rats infest homes and cause costly damage, but they also threaten the health of residents. Rodent diseases are spread through bites, when individuals breathe in dust from rat droppings, or the ingestion of contaminated food or water. The diseases they're capable of spreading include leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis. They can also cause destruction to wiring, walls, and insulation where they nest and feed.


The removal of rats from homes can be challenging once populations are well established. Their sounds are a constant reminder of the damages and health risks they present. If rats are heard or seen inside houses, it is essential to contact experts to remove them. The professionals at Critter Control will eliminate infestations and give tips on preventing their return.

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