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What Are Those Scratching Noises At Night?

Are you hearing scratching noises at night? If you’re reading this it’s probably because you’ve been lying awake at night plagued by strange noises. These could include things like scratching and rustling noises. Listen closely and you may even hear the sound of squeaking. There are dozens of reasons why this may be happening. However, one of the biggest causes of scratching noises at night are pests.

Are you hearing unnerving noises after dark?

The most common cause of scratching noises at night are rodents. These noises usually come from the places where rodents most often live. This could be your walls, ceilings, beneath floorboards, piles of mice attracting clutter or in your kitchen or attic.

mice at night making noises

Rodents love to nest in these areas. They emerge at night to breed and feed and scamper around your house. This is why you’re hearing strange noises at night. The sounds you’re hearing are likely to be rats or mice moving in your walls and running across your floorboards. You may also hear these rodents moving around your attic.

If you hear rustling noises, this might be because mice are chewing on paper and cardboard. These two materials are often used in building their nests.

Another source of scratching noises at night

The noises you’re hearing could be wild animals moving through the undergrowth close to the house, outside your window. These noises could indicate the presence of pests like squirrels or foxes in the garden.

scratching noises at night

There are dozens of ways that pests create strange noises after dark. And they’re not only limited to pests scurrying around or collecting building materials. For example, one man woke to find a mouse nibbling at a packet of biscuits on his bedside table. In another example, a women woke to find a mouse chewing on a receipt in her handbag. Remember, you should never leave food lying around your house. This attracts rodents and you may wake up to find a nasty surprise.

The bottom line is that if you persistently hear these scratching noises at night then you probably have rodents. In this case, it’s a good idea to call in an exterminator. A professional team like Diamond can help to ascertain if you have pests, and whether it’s rats or mouse control services you need, or if it is another kind of pest that is causing the problem.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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