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Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage 1994

WARNING: Noises, sounds (in wildlife damage settings) are not a very accurate way to determine the species causing a problem. Like pain, noises only tell you that something is wrong; rarely what is wrong.  The reasons for this lack of accuracy is that people have different hearing abilities, and activity schedules. You also have to take into account insulation thickness and the kinds of materials used in the building's construction. Finally, remember you can't hear a noise if you aren't in the right part of the building at the right time.  Please read this information with the appropriate skepticism.
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Key Questions to Help Identify Noise!

  1. Is the noise pattern, regular (on a schedule) or random?
  2. Does the noise occur on a daily or near daily basis? 
    • If yes, then you probably have an animal problem.
    • If no, then you might have a mechanical problem or your schedule has changed so much that you are not around to hear the noise pattern on a regular basis.

Where does the noise emanate from?

Noises in Attic or Walls               Noises in Chimney

Stop: Learn how to inspect before investing a chimney or attic Before inspecting any of these locations, learn proper inspection and saftey techniques

Noises in Attic

Scratching noise in wall Rats, mice, birds
Running in attic Squirrels
Heavy walking Raccoon or Opossum

Noises in Chimney

Scratching Could be anything from squirrels, to birds, to raccoons
Chirping Raccoons
Grinding Chimney swifts


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