Are you hearing chewing sound in your walls at night? There is nothing as unsettling as hearing noises in your home. I can relate to this because I have already experienced it and trust me it was annoying as hell.
Generally speaking, when we have rodents in our house, we tend to notice these noises at night. Rodents are more active at night and it stands to reason that we most likely hear activity from dusk to dawn.
But what if you notice that the sound is coming from the wall? The most popular and populous pest you will come across is the rat. With rats, you will usually them around bedtime or late at night.
They are most active from dusk to dawn and that’s why most of us are not able to notice them during the day. Even I was like what the hell is chewing my walls when I wasn’t aware that they were rats.
What you will hear along with chewing sound is a faint scratching sound that’s isolated in one area. It could be coming from your walls, ceiling, or attic. Though mice or rats are quiet animals they become active during nights in search of food and water.
Those chewing and scratching sounds are usually the first indication your house may be infested by rodents.
Why Rodents Chew?
Rats and mice chew on everything. Even I was like what they are chewing at night. Firstly, I thought they are chewing on food, but later I came to know something else. Rodents’ teeth are constantly growing and it forces them to gnaw on anything they can get their paws on to file their teeth. Yes, by chewing they are filing their teeth down.
If they don’t gnaw, their teeth can grow so long that they can no longer eat anything. This could lead to death by starvation. In simple words, their incisors never stop growing and that’s why the rodents chew on almost anything.
Rats and mice can and will chew anything that comes to their way. It could be anything like furniture, clothes, cables, boxes, toys, etc.
How to Deal With Chewing Sound?
If you are hearing noises inside the walls at night, it may be a sign of having rodents in your house. As per my experience, you should start looking for the following signs as soon as you hear the sound:
- Chew marks
- Rub marks
- Rodent Droppings
How to Deal?
Once you are clear that your house is infested by rodents, it’s time to deal with them effectively. We can also say that to deal with the sound, you will have to deal with the rodents. If you can get rid of mice or rats, ultimately the sound will go away. So, here are a few tips to get rid of the sound coming from walls:
- Identify the Invader: If you are hearing chewing sound or knocks coming from within your walls. You first try to identify what kind of rodent it is. Rats and mice are drawn to many of the things that repel humans. They often get attracted to garbage cans, abandoned buildings, foliage piles, and dark corners.
- Check for Holes: Rats and mice can invade through coin-sized holes. They are prone to infest basements, attics, and walls with tiny holes. So, check for any holes in the walls because chances are you have a rodent on your hands.
- Use High-Frequency Repellents – I personally suggest using high frequencies to repel pests without the use of chemicals. You can use DNR Tech ultrasonic repellent to drive the animal away. These are made for deep inner wall repelling.
- Try Traps – Rats and mice often infest our homes in search of food and shelter. So try placing food lured in a trap at the entry points to draw them out of the walls. A humane mousetrap is a great option for luring a range of pests.
- Peppermint Oil – Mice and rats don’t like mint, so you can use peppermint oil to keep them away from your walls. I have already used it and it is an effective natural repellent of mice. You can add a few drops of mint essential oil to your all-purpose cleaner.
- Remove on Your Own – In some cases, mice and rats can be removed on your own by using heavy gloves. You can also use a long grasping device to pull them out from the wall. However, rodents at the top of the wall may require an animal control specialist.
Why rodents hide in the walls?
Unlike us, rodents can’t wear a winter coat to keep themselves warm. So when it gets cold outside, they look for a warm corner. Oftentimes the warm place that rodents find is the walls. Once they are inside the walls they are very hard to get rid of. The most effective way is prevention.
Try checking for the above-mentioned signs and prevent an infestation by following these tips:
- Eliminate all entry points in door and window screens or gaps around window frames.
- Make sure there are no open food sources and everything is in airtight containers.
- Rodents like clutter so organize every corner of the house to eliminate possible nesting.
- Trim all branches that come within three feet of your walls or roof.
As I told you guys before that prevention is better than cure. We all have to be very careful when hearing some chewing sound in the wall at night. Once they infest our home, it can be challenging to get rid of them. In severe cases, we need to ask for professional help that could cost a lot. So, I suggest taking precaution and use some effective products.
First, try to solve the problem by using natural repellents and traps. These products will help you catch the rodents without killing. And I personally think that we should not kill mice or rats. We should try to catch them up and take them far away from our homes. We can also hand over them to pest homes.
If you think you have a severe rodent infestation, call your local pest controller as soon as possible…