I’m hearing something in my attic at night. its not always noisy but some nights we hear it several times and all night long. then nothing for days like its gone but then it comes back :(
what can i do? We went up to look around and can see some of the insulation is pulled up and like tunnels in it. then we put this big light up there but still hear them.
when we look we can’t find any animals but I think they’re nesting somewhere. we had this last fall and winter and then they left in the spring. I think they came back :0
TECH SUPPORT: So attic noises can be “scary” but in most all cases, its usually nothing but a small animal even if the noises are loud. Most are seeking safe refuge from the cold or inclement weather and why they visit periodically.So its entirely possible they come for a day or two and then go visit a neighbor down the road for a few nights. Its rare for them to have just one place to rest for the cold season so don’t expect them to be there every time you look.
That said, they will return unless you make the location uncomfortable. And once they find a way inside? They’ll mark these trails so they can find they’re way in over and over until you force them out.
Any animal in the attic is not good. The problems they create include chewing wires, leaving excrement (feces and urine) leading to odors and making noise sure to scare family members and keep them awake.
But don’t panic. These unwanted visitors can be handled.
Now yes, you can hire a service company but be prepared. They’ll typically charge to set traps and try to remove the active animal. This can take weeks and the service fees will add up. With any luck they’ll remove active animals and then recommend another costly fee to do closure (which is needed but not till you “expel” the active animals).
To minimize costs and reach closure sooner rather than later, consider this process. Its fast and will cost a lot less compared to hiring a service company.
So to start DO NOT CLOSE ENTRY HOLES. Active animals KNOW there is a good space in your attic and when they find their pathway inside has been closed? They’ll merely create a new one. This new one may not be so easy to find so for now, leave any you know about open.
This short video (less than 60 seconds long) summarizes what to do if you’re hearing something in your walls or attic space.
Next, get 1 or 2 of our SOUND REPELLERS and install them back to back. Place them within 5-10 feet of where you’re hearing the sounds setting them to run using our included power supplies. They send their sound like a flashlight so the sound is very directional. The one pointed at the active area will keep animals from entering. The second unit will be protecting the rest of the attic space in case they have another point of entry.
Now once the units are installed, wait a week. You might hear them come back a few times but once these units are in place and active, invading animals will not tolerate the sound and move on. After 2-3-4 encounters with the repellers, they’ll realize the sound will always be there so they won’t come back.
After the animal activity is no longer heard, usually within a week, hire a handyman or some roof repair company to seal entry holes.
If you can see the holes, great. If you can’t, find them. How? Its easy.
Get someone in the attic with a powerful flashlight and have them shine the light around the perimeter of the attic, where the roof is the lowest and meets the insulation. Have someone outside the home watching for any light that shines out of the attic. Most all homes will have at least 1-2 entry ways when close attention is applied trying to find one. And once you do the “flashlight inspection”, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
After the holes are sealed, keep the units running 24/7 so if any “new” animal finds your attic, they’ll encounter the sound and leave. These units cost very little to operate monthly as they pull less power than any mobile device.
In the end, this process will work for BATS, RATS, VOLES and FLYING SQUIRRELS without having to trap them out. To be clear, trapping is always a good option and the best solution when combined with using these units AND sealing all entry points.
But in many cases – certainly 50-75% of the cases we encounter – the SOUND REPELLER alone will expel the invading animal and then a good repair job will keep them out for good with no trapping needed!
So for a quick fix, get at least two of our Sound Repellers and set them to work ASAP. Within a week when the sound is no longer active or present, get someone to seal the holes. After that, keep the units working to insure new animals don’t enter.
If needed, we have power cord extenders which can lengthen the power supply up to several hundred feet. These can be buried in the ground too for discreet, more permanent installations.