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The Jeep Driver 02-27-2014 12:20 PM

Noise inside the wall!
 
For the past couple of months we've been hearing something, but we never could tell what or where it was. The noise always happened late, late night, and one of us would wake up, "Did you hear something?" Well, no doubt about it today! There is something inside the wall of our upstairs bedroom. Moving and/or chewing constantly. I have no ideas on how to get to it. I am probably just going to have to call someone over for this. :censored:

ddawg16 02-27-2014 01:36 PM

Mice...........start looking for holes in your outside walls....the hole does not have to be big. Rats can fit through something not much bigger than a quarter.

The Jeep Driver 02-27-2014 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1314125)
Mice...........start looking for holes in your outside walls....the hole does not have to be big. Rats can fit through something not much bigger than a quarter.

How do you think I should start baiting them? I can't get to them. I went to the attic, no signs or sound there.

I have been all over the outside; I can't find any openings!

EDIT: I am going to start placing Decon bait stations in the attics and see if they get eaten.

ddawg16 02-27-2014 01:55 PM

I wouldn't do the bait stations....do spring traps and/or glue traps.

You don't want them eating the poison and then dying in the walls...better to catch them on the outside....

Look for mouse drippings (black rice).

The Jeep Driver 02-27-2014 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1314132)
I wouldn't do the bait stations....do spring traps and/or glue traps.

You don't want them eating the poison and then dying in the walls...better to catch them on the outside....

Look for mouse drippings (black rice).

I looked for droppings in the attic, nothing. I have had mice in the detached garage, and have had luck with the glue traps and the Decon there. I am sure there were mice in the attic above the attached garage too, I suppose it's not a stretch to think they could end up in the wall, but I can't see how they'd get there... I mean it is the opposite side of the house. I can't explain it, you'd have to see the house layout.

EDIT: Great looking Jeep by the way.

ddawg16 02-27-2014 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by The Jeep Driver
I looked for droppings in the attic, nothing. I have had mice in the detached garage, and have had luck with the glue traps and the Decon there. I am sure there were mice in the attic above the attached garage too, I suppose it's not a stretch to think they could end up in the wall, but I can't see how they'd get there... I mean it is the opposite side of the house. I can't explain it, you'd have to see the house layout. EDIT: Great looking Jeep by the way.

Thanks.....takes a fellow jeeper to understand

Btw....those mice can sometimes fit in the holes in the top plate for your wiring

The Jeep Driver 02-27-2014 02:51 PM

I was thinking something larger than mice though. I didn't think mice could make that much noise. I'll start with treating for them and see if the noises go away.

Thanks again!

de-nagorg 02-27-2014 06:20 PM

Get a cat, or a snake. :whistling2:

ChuckF. 02-27-2014 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by The Jeep Driver (Post 1314129)
How do you think I should start baiting them? I can't get to them. I went to the attic, no signs or sound there.

I have been all over the outside; I can't find any openings!

EDIT: I am going to start placing Decon bait stations in the attics and see if they get eaten.

They can also drop down onto your roof if any trees are hanging over close enough. Once on the roof there are a dozen ways into a typical attic.

digitalplumber 02-27-2014 09:47 PM

Came home from a walk one night and saw 2 med size rats run across top of fence, then crawled up brick and under hardie trim!

Threw poison bait up and around all of the attic, in a few days the smell indicated our success. @ weeks later, smell gone as well as rodents.

Did not want to have to deal with traps to remove.

Chewbacka 02-27-2014 10:29 PM

It's likely mice, but could be a bat too. We hired a pest Co. and they found no mice, eventually found bats and refunded $.
I'd use glue traps, or peanut butter on snap traps. Don't worry about how they get in for now, focus on getting to them and eradication.:thumbsup:
Either case is tricky, but you can win the battle, and must; mice can chew wiring and cause fire, potentially.

The Jeep Driver 02-28-2014 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by digitalplumber (Post 1314345)
Did not want to have to deal with traps to remove.

My issue with traps in this case is the "attic" is such a pain to get in and out of. Little more than a hatch in the closet ceiling.

As long as it's just mice, (even rats, hopefully not though!), I can deal with it. There was so much noise I was sure there was something bigger.

de-nagorg 02-28-2014 09:47 AM

Do you have squirrels in your community?

Often they access attics looking for a warm nesting place.

ED

Chewbacka 02-28-2014 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by de-nagorg (Post 1314549)
Do you have squirrels in your community?

Often they access attics looking for a warm nesting place.

ED

Ah, yes, squirrels, those pesky flying rodents! I've had them chew through the gable end of my CT house TWICE and build a humongus nest in the attic floor open joists. Sealed the gable end hole once only to have them come back and chew through again in the exact same place...What a nightmare. Had forgotten about squirrels, but this post reminds me of the havoc they wreak.
Hopefully you don't have them inside your house.
You could always seek out Christopher Walken and see what he could do for you!:laughing: Movie: Mouse Hunt - a total riot!:yes:

The Jeep Driver 03-01-2014 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by de-nagorg (Post 1314549)
Do you have squirrels in your community?

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Originally Posted by Chewbacka (Post 1314630)
Ah, yes, squirrels, those pesky flying rodents!
Hopefully you don't have them inside your house.
You could always seek out Christopher Walken and see what he could do for you!:laughing: Movie: Mouse Hunt - a total riot!:yes:

Yes I do! LOTS! And that was my first thought when I heard the noises the day I posted. I still can't imagine mice could make that much noise. I called an exterminator right after my first post; they said mice too. I see no entry points anywhere around the house. I would think a hole large enough for a squirrel to be using has to be fairly large, right? A visit to the attic shows nothing out of the ordinary.

I love that movie! The scene where he "samples" the mouse droppings... PRICELESS! :laughing:


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