It is quite common for homeowners to misdiagnose the noises that they hear inside their home. Over the years we have been called out by customers that were quite sure they had a specific wildlife problem, only to have us discover that it was not an animal at all that was causing the concern.
One customer was sure they had an extremely large bird living in their attic, they were surprised to learn that the chirping bird was in fact the intermittent beeps from a smoke alarm with a low battery. This has left more than just a few homeowners quite embarrassed. Callers have also envisioned animals chasing one another back and forth in the attic but upon our close inspection the relief to their “wildlife problem” was provided by simply trimming a tree branch that was scrapping against the house on windy nights.
Usually when an actual wildlife problem exists, the nature of sounds emanating from the attic are usually easily distinguishable from animal to animal. The different patterns of noises that are exhibited by wild animals can offer clues as to what species is calling your home “their” home.
For example, when you watch a raccoon move about on the street or in your backyard it is fairly slow moving as it waddles from point A to point B. On the other hand, when you see a squirrel traverse the tree tops or travel on the ground, its movement are quick and erratic. Almost as if it had consumed an entire can of coffee beans.
Therefore, if the sounds from the animal moving above your ceiling are slow and methodical you probably have a raccoon that has made a hole in your roof. If the noise is in one corner of the room one second and then on the other side of the room the next, you more than likely have a squirrel that is not paying rent.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.
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