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Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« on: January 02, 2021, 07:25:14 am »
Presumably mice (how do they get up there, past a house with two marauding moggies?).

What does the panel recommend?  Traps, or send Dumpy Cat up there for an hour?  I think Tigs' axle loading is too high for the plasterboard.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2021, 07:45:23 am »
We had this for a few years. It was birds nesting, obvious as it was seasonal. We blocked the hole in the facia board with stuffing insulation wool from the inside initially, then eventually replaced the facia and soffit boards last year.

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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2021, 09:43:16 am »
They do not need a big hole, something g the size of a pencil is enough, and then they can get up through the wall cavity.

Get yourself some traps, bait with peanut butter, put them around the outside edge of the loft, if you can see droppings already, that's a good starting point.

Then walk around the outside of the house looking for holes.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2021, 09:57:40 am »
Is there a square hole cut in the ceiling, and do you occasionally fear that you are being watched?
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2021, 10:12:00 am »
Is there a square hole cut in the ceiling, and do you occasionally fear that you are being watched?
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2021, 10:36:31 am »
Mice, birds or rats - depends how countrified you are.  We have a population of sparrows and the odd blackbird living in our eaves.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2021, 12:01:17 pm »
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=111344.0        They've had no more rat incursions, so that particular colony / family must have died or moved on.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2021, 01:43:22 pm »
Mice, birds or rats - depends how countrified you are.  We have a population of sparrows and the odd blackbird living in our eaves.

My first house had swifts nesting every year. Fucking noisy little buggers, I think they wore clogs or something.
Amazing watching them fledge though, they just sat on the gutter and leapt off, cue blurs passing the living room window vertically. Watching them pull up about 6" off the ground and then fly over to line up on the overhead lines was quite a sight.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2021, 01:56:33 pm »
It might be squirrels... :jurek:
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2021, 02:04:42 pm »
No, that really does sound like swifts, squirrels can't fly  ;D ;D
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2021, 02:12:11 pm »
They're OK on the vertical bit, it's the pulling up that needs work.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2021, 02:17:17 pm »
Squirrels have no problem ascending vertical brickwork. We had one in our loft a few years ago.  >:( >:( >:(
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2021, 02:31:34 pm »
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2021, 04:08:00 pm »
I’m really sorry I’ll try to be quieter in future.

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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2021, 04:46:13 pm »
might be 'lesser spotted Wuhan Sparrows'   :o

seriously though, if you have airbricks, this will be their Brexit border post. get some wirewool, tear off small bits and push into airbrick holes, mice can't chew it, but still get ventialtion, then exterminate the little bastar  critters.  Local council 'mouse man' will have some goodly small blue pellets, that will make them 'sleepy sleep, long time'. Be prepared for a bad smell for a few days tho.

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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2021, 06:11:09 pm »
Just cross your fingers that it's not pipistrelles or similar. You're not allowed to do anything about it.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2021, 06:21:44 pm »
Mice, birds or rats - depends how countrified you are.  We have a population of sparrows and the odd blackbird living in our eaves.

My first house had swifts nesting every year. Fucking noisy little buggers, I think they wore clogs or something.
Amazing watching them fledge though, they just sat on the gutter and leapt off, cue blurs passing the living room window vertically. Watching them pull up about 6" off the ground and then fly over to line up on the overhead lines was quite a sight.

Are you sure that was swifts and not swallows/martins? Once swifts (different family) fledge, it's said that they spend 3 or 4 years on the wing until they are ready to breed and then only stop flying to assemble a nest, lay eggs and feed young.

Swifts are noisy buggers too though.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2021, 06:55:31 pm »
As a cat owner I'd be inclined to go the spring trap route rather than poison.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2021, 07:07:07 pm »
Mice, birds or rats - depends how countrified you are.  We have a population of sparrows and the odd blackbird living in our eaves.

My first house had swifts nesting every year. Fucking noisy little buggers, I think they wore clogs or something.
Amazing watching them fledge though, they just sat on the gutter and leapt off, cue blurs passing the living room window vertically. Watching them pull up about 6" off the ground and then fly over to line up on the overhead lines was quite a sight.

Are you sure that was swifts and not swallows/martins? Once swifts (different family) fledge, it's said that they spend 3 or 4 years on the wing until they are ready to breed and then only stop flying to assemble a nest, lay eggs and feed young.

Swifts are noisy buggers too though.

African or European?

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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2021, 07:32:33 pm »
Mice, birds or rats - depends how countrified you are.  We have a population of sparrows and the odd blackbird living in our eaves.

My first house had swifts nesting every year. Fucking noisy little buggers, I think they wore clogs or something.
Amazing watching them fledge though, they just sat on the gutter and leapt off, cue blurs passing the living room window vertically. Watching them pull up about 6" off the ground and then fly over to line up on the overhead lines was quite a sight.

Are you sure that was swifts and not swallows/martins? Once swifts (different family) fledge, it's said that they spend 3 or 4 years on the wing until they are ready to breed and then only stop flying to assemble a nest, lay eggs and feed young.

Swifts are noisy buggers too though.

African or European?

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Nah! It’s spelt fleas :) and they wouldn’t make that much noise. ;D

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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2021, 07:03:02 am »
Mice, birds or rats - depends how countrified you are.  We have a population of sparrows and the odd blackbird living in our eaves.

My first house had swifts nesting every year. Fucking noisy little buggers, I think they wore clogs or something.
Amazing watching them fledge though, they just sat on the gutter and leapt off, cue blurs passing the living room window vertically. Watching them pull up about 6" off the ground and then fly over to line up on the overhead lines was quite a sight.

Are you sure that was swifts and not swallows/martins? Once swifts (different family) fledge, it's said that they spend 3 or 4 years on the wing until they are ready to breed and then only stop flying to assemble a nest, lay eggs and feed young.

Swifts are noisy buggers too though.

Could have been either, but they were an annual, noisy ocurrence
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2021, 07:06:54 am »
I wouldn't mind bats.  Mice can do seriously chewy damage though.  I wonder how many are stupid enough to walk into a humane trap at once?  I can release them a good (human) walk away.
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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2021, 09:35:35 am »
Thing is, humane traps, aren't.  Mice have nearly always got a brood on the go, so take out mummy and daddy mouse, and all the little Mickeys starve to death.

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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2021, 09:59:40 am »
We had a mouse invasion a year ago.  Dunno what the mice around here had been eating, but they learnt how to avoid traps very quickly. We used humane traps at first, and each new style caught exactly one mouse before they stayed clear of them. Same went for snap traps. We tried peanut butter, parrot seed and umpteen other baits to no avail.  In the end we resorted to poison and got the lot.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Scrabbling noises at night in the loft
« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2021, 10:02:34 am »
^^^. They take the poison back to the nest , and they all munch till bedtime. zzzzz