Sounds coming from underneath your house could be from a number of causes. Whether it’s your pipes, the house settling, or the wind, many of these can be explained by structural issues. Of course, there are some sounds that are not at all normal, and if you’re hearing scratching noises from below, don’t count on it being structural or because of weather.
What’s That Sound?
Sound is usually the first clue that you have a critter problem, but not always the most obvious one. Visual confirmation is a surefire way to know when to call a professional. Wildlife can they cause visible damage, such as a chewed and now faulty duct or wire, or you might even see the animal crawling up your house, onto your roof, or through a crawl space below. Usually, it’s the noises that people notice first. Scratching, crawling, and other sounds are a likely clue that you have an unwelcome guest beneath your house.
What’s Really Happening?
The most common cause for those scratching noises is the presence of an animal. Critters just love to get out from the elements, and under your home serves as a perfect refuge from the cold. It’s usually not too hard to tell if the sound is coming from a living thing, as opposed to mere house noises. An animal moves around, it scratches at random, it thumps, scurries, and pitter-patters around.
What Is Causing All Of Those Scratching Sounds?
Scratching may come from a bird, mouse, rat, or possum. Scratching sounds can be indicative of a bigger problem. The sound of a scurrying mouse is almost continuous, while a rat running has a more distinct sound from the impact of their paws. Biting or gnawing sounds can be heard when rodents sharpen their teeth on plumbing, wiring or cables, or gnaw around entry holes to make them bigger.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Home
It’s important to plug up all available holes or block any open areas that lead underneath your home. If you want to call the experts in home pest control, trust Anderson Wildlife for pest control and safe wildlife removal from your home and work as well as preventing their return. Contact us today!