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Old 11-20-2012, 02:33 PM   #16
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Don't know what's in my walls, stumped 2 pest controllers.


Been trying some high frequency sounds out of my phone and PC speakers, seems to shut them up for a bit. It's been warmer yesterday and today, and they've been more active (as is usually the case when the weather is nice).

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #17
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Don't know what's in my walls, stumped 2 pest controllers.


I realize my plight may be old by now. Stethescope: they get quiet when I approach the wall, when I bang on it they get quiet, no noisey scurrying. Boroscope, I just don't think this is going to happen unless I can narrow this down. If it's wood borers, termites, or ants, it seems unlikely I'd find anything with this.

Does anyone know a GOOD pest control service in southwest kansas that knows how to deal with odd mysteries like this. The other two said they didn't know how to deal with squirrels, probably not carpenter ants either, one said he knew about bats. Mostly they seem to do mice and termites only.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:57 PM   #18
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Hate to bump an old thread but I vote squirrels. Started having the same issue and I found a hole with gnaw marks.

What's the best way to get rid of squirrels?
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:53 PM   #19
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Squirrels are fairly easy
1. get a small trap, ~$30 or rent one, get a trashcan that the trap will fit into.
2. find a place to sit the trap (the roof is great if the squirrel is in the attic)(the attic has multiple challenges)
3. fasten the trap with a screw or weight or wire
4. get a twig, put a little peanut butter on a slice of apple and mount it so it can be seen
5. smear a tiny dab of peanut butter at the entrance to the trap
6. set the trap door
7. check often
8. when you catch the squirrel, fill the trashcan with water, immerse the trap
9. google squirrel recipes
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:34 PM   #20
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Borrow a dog.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:37 PM   #21
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Don't know what's in my walls, stumped 2 pest controllers.


Sounds frustrating to say the least.

Speaking from the perspective of a person with no patience, i probably would have opened a wall or three by now.


I would also vote Squirrel at this point.

Do you have soffit venting, have you checked to see if you have a damaged or missing bug screen on one...there has to be something you missed.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:36 AM   #22
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I've placed traps in the attic. I could try mounting one on the roof.

I have checked soffit vents.

I'm sure I'm missing something, just no idea what/where.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:31 AM   #23
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Okay, need new eyes on this, figuratively or literally. I was standing outside, where I know I can hear them sometimes. I stand there, looking for any sort of gap or hole or evidence of ANY kind for what's going on, when I hear the noises. Coming from the typical livingroom spot, but also at least 2 other places. I guess I never notice those because I'm not in those rooms constantly. But here's the really odd thing. All three start up in sync.

Also, a new development, there's a 'soft spot' on my wall now, it's about five or six inches in diameter, but it's soft, like the other side's drywall has been chewed or eaten away or destroyed. Now I've banged the hell out of this wall, so it's possible I did this somehow. No idea.

They stop in sync as well. And the noise isn't sporadic, but this prodding kind of thing that just goes on for a certain period of time then stops. Having put traps in the attic, basement above lowered ceiling, and outside where the noises happen, having no success trapping or killing any squirrel, I just am.... I'm just losing my freaking mind.

Do they run in packs, or are they all just sleeping in the walls waking up at the exact same time etc? Is it possible this is some sort of insect, I've given so much information here, surely an expert can discern what this is.

Also found a wasp nest abandoned on the ground outside the house, but there's never any buzzing sounds.

I have a squirrel person coming out today to do an inspection to the tune of 150 bucks. I think they do other things as well, but hoping I finally get some answers.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:58 AM   #24
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I'm with Andy. Having done drywall now and worried about it before I attempted, I would not hesitate to pull a piece or two down. The drywall forum here is great place to learn.

let me know what squirrel person says.


Ooh and I would have a few escape plans handy when opening the wall.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:34 PM   #25
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Honeybees and yellow jackets will build their nests in wall voids and ďscoop out or dish outĒ the drywall; usually a ceiling though. Donít know what state you are in. Honeybees will overwinter as a whole colony; if you winter isnít cold then they may not be so dormant. The wonít leave to feed but they may make noise, and not the stereotypical buzzing either.

Banging on the drywall would show cracks and crumbling not softness. Just cut the soft part out and have a good light ready and go from there. Itís time to make something happen.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:30 PM   #26
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I am surprised you waited this long, i would have torn into that wall by now ...it would be driving me crazy.

Hopefully the person coming gets you some answers, if not it is time to make a small test hole.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:09 PM   #27
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Honeybees and yellow jackets will build their nests in wall voids and ďscoop out or dish outĒ the drywall; usually a ceiling though. Donít know what state you are in. Honeybees will overwinter as a whole colony; if you winter isnít cold then they may not be so dormant. The wonít leave to feed but they may make noise, and not the stereotypical buzzing either.

Banging on the drywall would show cracks and crumbling not softness. Just cut the soft part out and have a good light ready and go from there. Itís time to make something happen.
I'm in kansas. I never hear any buzzing or anything remotely like it. Our winters are pretty cold, but I usually hear them going at it any day above freezing.

The drywall has a few coats of paint over it, and possibly wallpaper under that. I think it's possible no cracking would show on my side of it.

I'm afraid once I start cutting I'll never get it whole again. The wall has a texture, it would just look like **** if I patched it and it was flat, and I'd have to hope that the paint dried the exact same shade which in other places I've repainted I've noticed it never looks quite right.

The squirrel person was a young woman still in college that knew steps to trap squirrels, but not much else about general pest control I don't think. She didn't see any real evidence of squirrels. Seemed to think there was a slight gap on the corner of the roof, but I went up there with a ladder and couldn't squeeze a pinky in this gap, nor were there any markings or anything to indicate it was being used by micro-squirrels to get in. Besides this she found no entry holes, but I've been over this house a hundred times looking.

She put a couple traps in the attic yesterday, no activity so far today. So here we are. Going to check them tomorrow and possibly over the weekend.

She recommended some sort of pesticide fogger/bomb thing that looked like a stick of dynamite. I'm willing to give it a shot even if it's not squirrels. Opinions?
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Adam,
open up the wall. If you don't feel comfortable fixing it, find a local drywall guy that can match the texture, then paint the whole wall so the color matches. Probably end up far cheaper than what you've spent on the exterminators so far. I would have probably tore down the whole wall by now. Let us know what you find. This is an interesting thread.
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totally agree with Mike. until you open the wall, you probably wont ever get rid of the issue 100%
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