Loud noises at night

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Old 04-25-16, 08:35 AM
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Loud noises at night

Recently (about 1 1/2 weeks ago) I began to hear noises at night. Sometimes they seem to originate from my closet which is about 7 feet from where I sleep, and sometimes they seem to originate from outside. The sounds from the closet seems like someone is walking around in there because the floor would creak. Everytime I would go to the closet to check it out, the noises would stop. I even waited half an hour near the closet to see if the noises would occur so I could find out where they may be coming from, but the noises would always stop when I would go near the closet. Then there are loud thumping and creaking noises that seem to sound like they are coming from the outside as if something is hitting the exterior of the home, but when I check outside, there is nothing there. No branches, faulty wood, or anything that would cause the noises. Most of the times I would hear the noises when I close my eyes to try to sleep as if something knows exactly when I would close my eyes. I hear these noises coming from the closet and outside every day from around 10pm to about 4 in the morning, then they would stop. I have lost a lot of sleep from this and can't figure out what is causing it. Does anyone have any insight as to what may be causing this?
 
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Old 04-25-16, 03:16 PM
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Describe the noise. Could it be rodents in the walls? They may be able to sense or smell you if you stay and wait for them. Try keeping a light on during your sleep period. Can you record the noise? Have a friend stay and see if he also hears it.
 
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Expanding/contracting building materials can sometimes make a house creak although I agree it sounds more like a rodent. What is directly above and below the closet? There should be some sign of rodent activity if that is the cause.
 
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Norm has a good point. Does it sound like a bunch of drunken sailors? That would be raccoons. If you don't live alone, does anyone else here the noise?
 
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Could be dozens of things, a few have been mentioned.
Truss up lift, Google it.
A home built in the 70's with real sheathing just in the outside corners and Cellotex or foam for the rest of the walls.
Any real exterminator company should be able to do a free inspection to check for varments.
 
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Old 04-25-16, 06:28 PM
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I have seen mice before in my home, and that might be a possibility. And if that's the case, then I don't know how to get rid of them because they might actually be inside the walls. There is a crawl space below the area where I hear the noises from. An Orkin pest control technician set traps in the crawl space, but nothing's changed. He said give it 7-10 days. It's been about 9 days so far. How would he get rid of the mice if they're in the walls? I only hear these noises at night, and I know that mice come out at night. Don't know what to do about this...
 
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I don't think that mice are making noise. They are usually pretty quiet. Raccoons are awake at night & make noise. 10 PM to 4 AM sounds right for raccoons. Look outside for possible places where an animal could enter.
 
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I agree mice and their bigger cousins are usually very quiet. Squirrels can be noisy and I'm sure you have other critters out there that like a nice shelter. As stated, carefully inspect the perimeter of your home. They can't get into those walls until they get into your house or crawlspace. Also, wall cavities are usually closed off top and bottom, except for where construction needs have cut access, electrical, plumbing, and heating.

I would especially check the areas where you hear the noises from the outside. Behind shrubs, soffit areas, or floor areas that overhang the foundation.

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I agree mice usually are very quiet we had one mouse in our house that I saw kind of late at night while sitting on my couch and it was real quiet when it ran. As for this being raccoon's I kind of doubt that as once they get behind a wall they then want to break into your house or break through your floor. What I do think you might have is rats behind your wall as they like to tunnel behind your wall before breaking through. I think what you need is a specialist who deals with just rodents as they may know of better ways than just a regular pest control company.

I would contact them as soon as possible so that they can both trap and set poison bait. Trapping first as then they know exactly what they are dealing with. Once that is done you will have to seal up any holes that would allow rodents into your house.
 
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Squirrels don't respond well to cage traps. If that's what's there, you'll be waiting longer than the 10 days that already passed. I worked one day as a trapper's helper & that's what he told me. He had a different trap for squirrels which he placed outside.
 
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Old 04-26-16, 07:44 AM
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The loud thumping noises has subsided...for now. I think it had to do a lot with the weather being very windy for some time, and the fact that I live in an old home. I still hear the creaks daily though. The best way I can describe them is as if someone would walk on the floor made of wooden planks, and there would be creaking sounds as a result. Like someone would take a few steps on a wooden floor...stop, then take a few more. Then there would be silence for a minute or two, then it would do the same again. As I stated before, I have seen small mice before that have ran across the floor and under the 1/3 inch gap under the baseboards. I have sealed all the spaces under baseboards because I had a problem with gnats a while back that were coming through those gaps under the baseboards, probably were breeding inside where moisture would trap itself in the walls. Now that the gaps under the baseboards are all sealed with caulk, I fear that I may have inadvertently sealed in the mice within the walls!
 
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As Norm already asked, can you record the noise?
 
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Mice don't get sealed inside walls for long. Either they die or they chew their way out.
I have a different but similar concern about strange noises. When I remove my one hearing aide I go from almost deaf to totally deaf. I have some small helpers (mini-dachshunds) that come and jump on me when they hear ANYTHING or have to go outside. They love controlling me. But the helpers plus many motion sensor lights, inside and outside, help me suppress my paranoia. I even have one of the motion sensor cameras (trail camera) I can set inside or outside if I have any strange lights being triggered, none yet.

In addition, with the new low energy light bulbs, I simple leave a few night lights running all night, they use pennies of energy and help to let me sleep.

Back when I could hear I lived in some old houses so I do understand all of the creaks and pops that are actually normal. Try some of the small bathroom motion sensor lights that just plug in and locate a few around the house. As for listening to what is going on inside a wall cavity, get a tape recorder and tape the microphone to the suspect wall.

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Either they die or they chew their way out.
Why would they have to chew their way out if they already chewed their way in?
 
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LOL, she said she sealed up the gap under the baseboard, but good point.

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Old 04-27-16, 07:23 AM
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I was pleasantly surprised as I was able to sleep through the night without any disturbances. Maybe the poor mice did die out in the crevices of the walls. My only concern is that their rotting flesh might leave some trace odor of some sort, or perhaps contribute to the growth of maggots, leading to flies in the walls.
 
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They may have left, if they were there in the first place. It wasn't determined 100%.
 
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... and decomposing mice won't leave a slight odor - you'll know
 
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