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What Do Rodents Sound Like?

Members of the rodent family have a lot in common, including the ability to make sounds. Homeowners most often notice rat, mouse, and squirrel sounds, as these pests like to invade homes.

In fact, rodent noises coming from the attic, walls, or subfloor may be a sign of infestation.

Vocal Noises

Rodents usually live in large groups or nests indoors. To communicate with each other, rats, mice, and squirrels make a number of sounds.

  • Squeaking and chirping - Used during grooming or to get the attention of other rodents, these sounds signal socialization.

  • Shrieking, hissing, and chattering - Residents usually hear these aggressive, hostile rodent noises when the pests fight in the attic or walls.
  • Teeth grinding - Also called bruxing, these repetitive grinding noises usually indicate a happy rat or mouse.

Movement Sounds

The pests also make plenty of noise as they travel from one area of the house to another. Residents who hear these rodent sounds coming from the walls or ceiling may have a pest problem.

  • Scratching and scampering - Rats, mice, and squirrels have tiny claws that scrape against wood as they move.

  • Bumping and thumping - When rodents fight, residents might hear loud, sudden thuds.
  • Chewing and gnawing - Because rodent teeth never stop growing, the pests need to wear them down by chewing. Any hard surface with a little bit of give, like wood or plastic, is a target.

Can Noises Help Identify Rodents?

Whether communicating or on the move, rats, mice, and squirrels make many similar noises. However, homeowners who note the timing of rodent sounds may be able to identify an infestation.

Squirrels are alert and awake during the day, while rats and mice become active around dusk.

Damage & Removal

Rodent noises in the walls or attic may suggest larger problems. Chewing sounds might mean that the pests are gnawing on support beams or wires, which can be dangerous for residents.

Violent scratching noises or repeated calls may indicate that an animal is stuck in a wall void. Trapped rodents often starve, creating a foul smelling, difficult clean-up. Contact Critter Control at the first sign of rodent sounds for quick rat, mouse, or squirrel removal.

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Customer Reviews

Kirk D.
It has been very effective at reducing the number of mice, lizard, and snake sightings. During one visit Edgar removed a rattlesnake he came across. We may see a snake maybe two to three times during the spring and summer months, but it has been far less than before.

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Full service. Excellent job of extracting raccoon, cleaning all animal waste, sanitizing, and spraying anti-parasitic substance. They closed all potential ports of entry, though the work did not match the vinyl, and it looks kind of tacky. They added blown insulation, which added a lot to the cost. They provide a one year warranty against animal intrusion, with an option to extend the warranty at the end of each one- year period. They were willing to work with me one the price. I will probably extend my warranty, and will definitely use them it the future.
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I was really impressed by these guys. Got a call within a few hours of making an inquiry. Had a rep out to inspect the situation by the end of the week, and when they laid out the timeline they kept if not exceeded listed times.

Rob, Travis, and Jim were all professional, polite, and courteous and after months of hearing squirrels in my ceiling they are gone and the repair to my flashing looks excellent. Can't recommend these guys enough.
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Critter Control did a great job of evaluating our house for sites of entry after we found bats and a squirrel in our attic. They completed their work promptly and professionally.
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We heard some noise from the corner of our house. Concerned that it could be inside we called for an inspection. Jessy arrived as scheduled and conducted a complete inspection of our home. Based on a recording we made he determined we had a tree frog on our roof. I was pleased that we didn’t have any rodent in our house. And his inspection could a few spots I can tighten up around my house. I am very happy with the outcome.
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Lee F.
We have a vacation home in Western Mass and haven’t been there much during the pandemic as we live and work in Atlanta, GA. On our most recent visit we noticed that we had some rodent intrusion as well as some un-welcomed wildlife who decided to make our vacation home their home.

We contacted Critter Control and Mr. Cahoon was quick to set up an appointment as we wouldn’t be in town very long. He came out and assessed our issues. He informed us of our options to both eradicate and control future intrusions. Keeping in mind that wildlife is wildlife! He quickly got to work eradicating the rodents and wildlife from our home and addressing the intrusion issues. We feel much better leaving our vacation home for periods at a time knowing that Mr. Cahoon and Critter Control did their job and did it right! Thanks again!
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We immediately called Critter Control and they came and gave us a reasonable estimate to remove all remnants and insulation. They sanitized and replaced with new insulation and sealing up points of entry .

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