Dave Stipe

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Hearing any sort of unusual or unexpected noise in your home can be a terrifying experience. As you attempt to discern what wildlife is living in your home, numerous questions are likely to race through your mind. Bats are an especially scary thought to many people; they are carriers of rabies and are fairly unpleasant creatures to have living in the far corners of your house. If you’re hearing scurrying noises, you may ask yourself, “do bat noises sound like scurrying?" We’re here to answer your questions and help you get to the bottom of any wildlife noises in your home.

How Can I Tell If I Have Bats?

bat on wall of houseBats use echolocation in order to both find food sources and communicate with each other. The sounds made through echolocation often sound like a series of clicks or chips that are fairly high range. In fact, the sounds made by bats are actually a few octaves above the sounds that humans can normally hear. In the outdoors, you wouldn’t be able to pick up the sounds at all, but when bats head in doors, their noises become amplified by the insulation in your home and by the close enclosures bats usually find themselves in. 

That being said, bats are still relatively quiet. Even if you do have bats living in your home, you won’t hear them too frequently. While the main sound associated with bats is this series of clicks or chirps in a high octave, bats sometimes make other sounds as well. If they become trapped within the walls of a home or within the attic, you might hear flapping and scratching sounds. These sounds mean that the bat is trying to escape and is likely in distress. When in distress, a bat is more likely to lash out should you attempt to come into physical contact with it. While physical contact should always be avoided with bats, since this is how rabies is transmitted, it’s especially important to avoid physical contact in situations in which the bat might be in distress. If you believe you have a bat trapped in your ceiling, attic, or walls, call a wildlife removal service right away.

Do Bat Noises Sound Like Scurrying?

To address the central question—do bat noises sound like scurrying?—the answer is no. Since bats use flight to move around, it’s unlikely you have a bat infestation if you’ve been hearing scurrying noises. However, there are different animals that could be making these noises.

The most typical noise you will encounter when dealing with bats is scratching and wings fluttering in a wall cavity. Bats are by far the quietest of all the wildlife commonly found in residences. Occasionally a bat will get trapped in the wall and in a panicked attempt to climb and fly out, they will make a of of noise. Other than these isolated cases, you will have to rely on visual evidence to help identify the presence pf bats. 

What’s Making the Scurrying Noises?

Lady Holding Mouse If you’re hearing scurrying noises, chances are it’s a smaller animal that has invaded your home. Rodents, such as mice or rats, tend to make scurrying noises, and are especially active at night. If you’ve noticed a higher concentration of scurrying late at night, then mice or rats are at play. They also tend to scratch and chew quite a bit, so you might notice that sound of scurrying is accompanied by the sound of scratching or nibbling. 

Another possible noisemaker living in your home is squirrels. Squirrels tend to make more noise than mice and rats, especially as they are coming and going in search of food. If the scurrying noises sound especially concentrated near potential entry points, then the sound may be coming from squirrels.

Another great indicator is time of day. Squirrels keep similar hours to ourselves; therefore you will most often hear them around dusk and dawn. Where as roddetns are more often active during the midlle of the night, or times when there is no activity in the home.  

What to Do?

If you’re hearing scurrying noises, the very best thing you can do is contact a wildlife removal service immediately. Wildlife removal service technicians are trained to discern what kind of animal is living in your home. After a relatively simple assessment of your living space, they’ll be able to tell you exactly what kind of critter you have hidden inside the house and they’ll also be able to remove the animal, or animals, quickly and efficiently. Bat removal should only be done by trained professionals. 

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Dave Stipe

Dave is an All Wildlife Removal Inc. technician who has an Honours degree in Sociology from Bishops University, and a teaching degree from Charles Sturt University. Dave played football for 21 years, including a stint in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He is also a big Blue Jays fan and an Olympic Ping Pong hopeful.

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