Noises in the Attic? Diagnose the Sound With These Tips (Infographic)

Noises in the Attic? Diagnose the Sound With These Tips (Infographic)

Noises in the Attic? Diagnose the Sound Wiht These Tips

As we approach winter, it becomes more and more common to hear pesky critters around your home or business. But do you know what each sound means or what animal it is associated with? Look no further! Find out which noises and actions are coming from which pest with our handy little guide.

Winter Pests to be Wary of


One of the most common critters to find in your home throughout the winter months are bats. As the temperature continues to drop, these animals tend to make their way into our homes or businesses for warmth and shelter. Bats enjoy making their roost in places higher up such as attics. However, if they are searching for a place to sleep they may choose an opening in a wall or pipe. Since bats are nocturnal, they will leave their roost at night to feed. If you hear them it most likely will occur around sunset.

Signs bats are in your home:
  • Fecal droppings
  • Brownish stains around the opening of where they enter and leave
Learn more about bats in our pest library!

Winter Pests to be Wary of


Have you heard scratching noises around your home recently? If so, it could be mice! Throughout the cooler months, mice tend to enter our homes or businesses searching for food and shelter. The bad news is, once in your home or business mice tend to reproduce quickly, causing an infestation before you even knew it was happening. 

Signs mice are in your home:

  • Food debris
  • Traffic patterns
  • Nesting and entrance debris
  • Fecal matter and urine
Interested in learning more about mice? Get the full breakdown in our pest library!

Winter Pests to be Wary of

High-Pitched Noises

In addition to hearing consistent scratching, another important sign you have bats within your home is high-pitched sounds. Though bats are typically quiet, nocturnal animals, they do make screeching high-pitched sounds when walking or around dusk or dawn.

Winter Pests to be Wary of

Squealing/ Sounds of Heavy Walking

For many people in the Des Moines metro, it is not uncommon to stumble upon raccoons in our homes or businesses. Though most encounters tend to happen outdoors with these pesky critters, they can make their way into our personal space. For most raccoons, attics and chimneys will be their nesting space of choice. However, for resourceful raccoons they can make a den pretty much anywhere in your house. They enjoy crawl spaces, ceilings or walls, and ducts. The most common time of year to hear them within your home is in the spring.

Signs raccoon's are in your home:

  • Heavy pounding in the ceiling/attic
  • Squealing - typically a sign of baby raccoons
  • Damage to electrical wiring

Find out how to prevent raccoons from wreaking havoc in your home here!

Winter Pests to be Wary of


One of the most obvious and distinct sounds people may hear within their homes is chirping. This is an immediate sign that birds are nesting within your home or business. With bird habitats becoming more and more scarce around the U.S., these animals are beginning to find alternative options, such as our homes. Birds enjoy nesting within attics, bathroom vents, or any other safe space away from predators.

Signs birds are in your home:

  • Foul smell in vents
  • Fecal droppings

Winter Pests to be Wary of

Hearing Noises Around Your Home or Business?

During the winter months, it is common to find little (or big) critters rummaging throughout many Iowa homes or businesses. If you begin to notice this happening around your home, take care of the problem immediately with the help of Preferred Pest Control. As the leading Des Moines Pest Control, our technicians will take care of the problem safely and efficiently. For immediate help schedule an appointment online or call (515) 276-7277 today!