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What Animal is Living in My Attic? A Quick Guide

Animals in the AtticWild animals in the attic can be a real nuisance. That is especially true of animals that make a lot of noise at night as they feed and go about their business.

If you suspect that an animal is living in your attic, you should seek to remove it as soon as you can. But to pick the appropriate removal method, you need to identify which animal it is, which begs the question, “How can I tell what animal is living in my attic?”. Here’s a quick guide to help you.

How Can I Tell What Animal is Living in My Attic?

Each animal possesses unique biological and behavioral characteristics that make it possible to identify which animal is living in your attic without ever seeing it.

Below are some common animals that love the attic and how you can tell them apart:


Raccoons are relatively large animals, meaning that they’re likely to leave a large hole in the wall or roof as they access your attic. Also, because of their large size, raccoons make a lot of noise. They’re most notorious for loud thumping and tearing noises. If a family of raccoons invades your attic, you might also hear calls, cries, and snarls as they communicate with each other.


Squirrels are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, which is when you’re most likely to hear them. They’re generally frantic and make loud running and chewing noises.

Squirrels, like rats and mice, are chewers, albeit more destructive. If they invade your attic, you’re likely to see gnawed wood or cables near the entryway.

Rats and mice

Rats and mice are similar in many ways. They both make nibbling and scratching noises as they chew on materials. However, rats are bigger than mice and thus make louder noises.

Since both are nocturnal, you are most likely to hear their exploits at night. You can also tell the presence of these rodents from their fecal matter. Their droppings resemble small rice grains clustered in heaps.


Tweeting and flapping noises are telltale signs that you’ve birds in the attic. Since they live in nests, you’re also likely to see nests or nesting material in the attic.


Unlike the rest of the animals, bats are very quiet creatures. That makes it hard to detect their presence. However, you can hear them flapping their wings at night, or see them leaving and entering the attic at night and dawn respectively.

What to Do After Identifying an Animal in Your Attic

Below are the steps to take after identifying an animal in your attic:


  • Keep a safe distance. Animals can attack when threatened. Some also carry zoonotic diseases that you might contract.
  • If you choose to remove the animal yourself, find a humane removal method that works for the animal in question. Examples of humane animal removal methods include non-lethal traps, one-way exclusion doors, ultrasonic sound machines, and natural non-lethal repellants.
  • If you’re unable to remove the animal or are unsure about the best removal procedure, it might be time to call a humane animal removal professional.

Let Shumaker’s Animal Control Help You Remove the Animal Living in Your Attic

Shumaker’s Animal Control has been in the business of animal removal for 25 years. With the experience gained over the years, our team can help you identify what animal is living in your attic and help you remove it using humane methods.

Call us today at 443-854-8072 or get in touch via our website to get help.

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