Why You’re Hearing Scratching Noises In your Roof

Do you hear scratching noises coming from your roof?

The chances are pests are using your roof as a home. Rodents and squirrels are common pests that inhabit roofs as it offers a warm, soft, and dry place to shelter. They’re also close to food and water sources, such as your kitchen, garage, or outside bins.

Scratching noises are often pests scurrying across the wooden structure. However, if you listen carefully, you may hear squeaks and squeals as they mark their territory in defence against other pests.

How do pests enter your roof?

Rats and mice require warm, sheltered, spacious areas, particularly in winter. They’re capable of climbing drain pipes and squeezing into tiny holes much smaller than their body size. Squirrels also take advantage of gaps and cracks in walls or roofs. Sometimes it’s the chimney responsible for allowing pests to enter your home.

Why are pests a problem?

Besides the fact that noises are irritating, pests breed quickly, and they all need food and water to survive.

They also cause structural damage when searching for materials to build their nests. Insulation material, wooden structures, brick, concrete, metal and cables are destroyed by rats, mice, and squirrels. Rats gnaw to file their teeth, and these pests will remove pieces of material to build their nest.

Ultimately, this leads to heft repair costs in addition to the cost of hiring a pest controller to remove them. When cables are chewed on, this disrupts your power supply and poses a fire hazard to your property.

How to combat scratching noises?

If noises don’t go away, it’s a sure sign pests have taken up residence on your roof. If your roof area weren’t suitable, they would search elsewhere for shelter. So consistent noises mean you need to take action.

First, inspect your roof for other signs such as nests, droppings, or dead or alive pests. If you post these signs, contact an expert to conduct a more thorough inspection.

A professional will use robust treatments to eradicate them and advise you on reducing the chances of future infestations.