Identifying Animals Based on their Noises
Hearing an unidentifiable noise in your Kaw Valley/Lawrence area home can be very unsettling, especially when it's animals like bats, mice, raccoons, and squirrels, who may already be comfortable in your home. In addition, sometimes these noises are your only indication they are present. Take a listen to our audio clips of common wildlife in the Kaw Valley/Lawrence area to learn more about how you can identify the creatures by the noises they produce.
Bats make a vocal squeaking noise and a slight scratching noise when they are in attics. You may hear their wings flapping or the sound of them flying into your walls. Because bats are nocturnal, any noises you hear from bats will happen at night.
Mouse and rat noises
Rodents also squeak vocally and will scratch and create a quiet thumping noise as they move throughout your home. You may hear mouse and rat noises in the attic, ceiling, or walls. Mice and rats are nocturnal, so if you hear any of these noises including scurrying at night, you likely have a mouse or rat problem.
Raccoons make a chittering noise, almost like a monkey call. They create a louder thumping noise in attics due to their larger size. Raccoons can be up to 40 pounds and they are nocturnal. If you hear loud thumping at night, the noise is likely coming from a raccoon.
Squirrels emit a chirping noise that sounds similar to a bird. They also can be heard scratching, scraping, and thumping, like other wildlife. It can be hard to distinguish squirrel sounds from other rodents, but squirrels are diurnal. This means they are most active during the day, so the time of day you hear the noises will give you the best clue as to which animal is the culprit.
Skunks usually click their teeth, squeal, or hiss, in a high-pitched manner. Skunks in your home also make tapping and scratching noises with their long claws. Skunks are usually nocturnal, and will likely be under your deck or in your crawlspace.
Birds have a variety of calls, from raucous like seagulls to pleasant like a songbird. If you hear any of these chirping songs in your home, you likely have a bird problem. Another noise that you may hear from birds is flapping and thumping as they fly into the walls.
Similar to rodents, opossums cause a loud scratching noise when they are nesting. Vocally, opossums produce a hiss or growl. Opossums are slow-moving creatures, but you may hear them thumping around if they are in your home. Opossums are mostly nocturnal, but you may occasionally hear them thumping about during the day.
Gophers usually emit a high-pitched squeak but are also known to make scratching and gnawing noises. Gophers are most active during the day and live most of their life underground, so if you hear these noises coming from your crawlspace, it could be a gopher.