A chewing noise
October 17, 2011 9:18 PM Subscribe
What's that chewing noise in the attic?
posted by longsleeves to Home & Garden (22 answers total)
My brother and I own a 110-year-old two family. We live upstairs and rent out the downstairs apartment. The house is is in good condition. Tonight for the first time I heard loud chewing noises coming from the ceiling, seemingly from just over an inerior wall.
It sounded like something smallish but not too small gnawing on wood vigorously and my first thought was "squirrel," just because I very recently closed a summer cottage for the year and found a dead squirrel decomposing upstairs. (ruined weekend.)
Squirrels don't chew on wood, do they?
I saw nothing upstairs where the noise seemed to be coming from even after moving things around where the noise was and shining a light around under the eaves. I also let my rather large would-be hunter of a cat up there and he came down after a while calm and bored.
I left the light on and came back down and a few minutes later heard it again. Both times it lasted about only a very few minutes.
The tenants are supposed to have no more that three cats and no rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs because of previous odor problems but I Know they disregrd this and have at least one guinea pig, and possibly other rodents, as pets.
I will take another look upstairs in better light tomorrow but what do you think it could be? Squirrels? Escaped gerbils? Confused beavers?