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What Do Rats in the Attic Sound Like?

Do you want to know if the sound coming from your attic is that of a rat?

Before we talk about the ‘sounds,’ it is important to first discuss the basic question –

What Do Rats Do in Your Attic?

Rodents such as rats and mice have sharp teeth that never stop growing.

So, how do rats deal with this problem?

Well, they put their teeth to work.

Driven by an instinct to file down their teeth, rats keep chewing or gnawing on wood, walls, plastic, fabrics, etc.

Once inside a warm shelter such as an attic, rats keep visiting it, even if they are yet to build a nest.

Rats can breed fast once they have nests to live in and food to nibble on.  

They build nests with nesting material readily available in most attics. Rats are okay with anything from paper and cardboard boxes to upholstery fabrics, clothes, mattresses, pillows, and even thin plastics.

The longer they stay on your property, the larger is the risk of costly damages and diseases.

Early detection of a possible rat infestation is quite helpful.

You can call in rat control specialists early on and they can fix the problem for good.

What Do Rats In The Attic Sound Like?

Some rodents such as rats and mice are nocturnal. They come out at night.

You may sometimes hear scratching noises if you are up late studying, reading, or browsing the Internet.

In fact, rats make a lot of noise in the attic.

On occasions, if the rat infestation is severe, and the loft is directly above your bedroom, you may find rats in the loft keeping you awake.

If you are familiar with the sound of your refrigerator, kettle, HVAC system, and other common appliances, it’s easy to detect ‘unfamiliar’ sounds coming from your loft.

Rats run around the attic many times, especially during the night.

So, you may hear the sound of rats scurrying along a wall or nibbling on something.

What if your attic remains closed for several days at a stretch? Can you notice the sound of a rat in the attic during the day?

Well, you won’t probably notice a feeble scratching or gnawing sound during the day.

At night, when it’s really quiet, noticing such unfamiliar sounds is much easier.

Do Rats Make Vocal Sounds in the Attic?

Some people wonder whether rats make any vocal sounds.

Rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels do make a number of vocalizations.

However, most of their vocalizations, including chirping, squeaking, and chattering happen on frequencies that humans can’t pick up.

How Do Other Animals Sound in the Attic In Comparison to Rats?

Are you wondering whether you have a rat, bird, squirrel, or wasp in your attic?

It’s possible to discern whether the sound coming from your attic is that of a rat or not.

With birds, you will hear vocals and flapping. Squirrels produce scratching and vocal sounds. In the case of wasps, you will hear a buzzing sound.

Remember, if it’s a rat or mouse, you will notice the sound of scratching or gnawing.  

On occasions when you visit the attic, you may notice the sound of a rat hurriedly escaping into a hiding place.

What Other Signs Can Confirm the Presence of Rats in the Attic?

Sounds are among the first signs of a possible rodent infestation.

You can further investigate the attic to confirm whether you have an unwelcome guest on your property.

No, you won’t find a rat sleeping in a corner.

You need to look for the physical signs of a rodent infestation. Look for their droppings, urine marks, or nesting material (e.g. shredded fabrics).

If there are any stored items in your attic, check if there are any gnaw marks on the frames. You can also search for gnaw marks on the insulation and plumbing. Use a flashlight for a closer examination.

Food containers or packets, if any, will have chew marks for sure.

You can also check if there are any gaps or crevices 0.25” or larger that could let in a rat. You need to seal up any potential entryways to keep rats out of your attic.

Final Words

If rats get into your home, consider it a serious matter, even if they are not in a living area. The infestation can grow severe in no time.

Rats keep exploring, looking for opportunities to gain access to other areas of the house. They can widen a small hole, gap, or crevice if they can smell ‘food’ through it.

While you can try closing any large gaps and cleaning up the attic (you should), there are no guarantees that you won’t hear a rat in the attic again.

The smartest and safest way to remove rats from your attic is to call in rodent control experts.  

100's of Client Reviews!!

  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    October 7, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    October 7, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    October 7, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    October 7, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    October 7, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    October 7, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    October 7, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    October 7, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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