I'm not sure what this is, but over the last few nights I've heard an almost
scratching sound in one of my bedroom walls. It's on outside wall that for
some reason often attracts wasp nests, so could wasps getting into the wall
make this sound? I know of one friend who did get wasps inside one of his
walls, and they literally built a huge nest under a window seal.
What's weird is I knocked on the wall and it appeared to stop. I also went
outside and only saw a few old, dead wasp nests, nothing new, but I sprayed
Do termites make this sound? What about mice or other critters? My house
is on a concrete slab foundation and is about 20 years old. The wood on the
outside is in good shape and painted not 2 years ago, and I don't see any
disturbances outside. Also pushing on the drywall I'm not feeling any soft
spots or anything odd. Also I've never seen any mice or anything like that
in the 2.5 years of me living here.
Just curious. If it keeps up I'll call an exterminater or crawl in the
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Sounds to me like you have mice or squirrels in your wall.
Very familiar sound to me, as I've lived with that problem for 10+ years.
Get it taken care of quickly, lest it cost you fifty grand to repair the
damage. Once they open holes, and rain gets in, you'll have an unbelievable
rot problem in short order. Don't ignore the noises. Deal with it before it
gets expensive to fix.
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I had the same problem in one of my house. See if you can pinpoint the
noise as close as possible. Then drill a 1/2" hole or holes in the drywall.
make a small paper cone. poor small amount of decon in the wall, spackle
hole. and paint. I also put some decon in the attic. This worked for me and
for everyone that says the dead mouse will stink never happened. I've been
told that decon dehydrates the mice they leave the house in search of water
then die, Don't if that is fact
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What is in the area of wall in question.....window, blank wall? If a
window or door, knock around on the moldings and baseboard in the area
to see if there are hollow sounding spots....one sign of termites.
Termites also, sometimes, eat the paper cover on wall board and can
leave the surface with a blistery appearance. Same for chewed up wood,
as they don't eat through the surface.
Your description of the sound is tough - a scratching animal would be
less constant that chewing or buzzing insects. I have heard the sound
of ants chewing on a butter wrapper that fell next to the trash can -
one of those "what's that sound" moments when I could hear what nobody
If it is a buzzing, try opening up electrical receptacles inside to
dust. Check thoroughly on outside for same signs, dust openings and
close them up.
If mice, you should have signs they are getting into food.
Annual termite inspections should always be made, but also read up on
how to prevent them and how to find signs of infestation - mud tubes
from ground to wood, wings shed around entries, droppings outside of
entry tunnels, etc. Let us know :o)
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