Hearing a chirping noise in your attic is a very good indication that there are birds living there, although the culprit may also be another animal. Because of this, even if you hear chirping in the attic, you shouldn’t immediately assume it is birds.
Pay Attention To The Sound
To confirm that you have birds in your attic or rule out other animals, pay attention to where the chirps are coming from, when they happen, and how they sound. It is very common for birds to enter the attic via vents, particularly to make a nest and hatch their babies. In most cases, bird chirping will come from an area close to a vent. Sometimes, the chirping will actually be coming from within a wall, either within the attic or another area of your home. This happens when the birds get stuck into the wall in their quest for the perfect nesting spot. In most cases when the chirping is from birds, it will be the young making the sound and it typically occurs in the morning.
Interestingly enough, raccoons may occasionally make chirp-like sounds as well. If the chirping is accompanied by growls, cries, thumping, or other sounds that seem like they come from a heavier, larger animal, then consider raccoons as the culprit.
What To Do About The Birds
In most cases, the chirping noise in the attic will indeed be from birds. After you confirm that they are to blame, you can take steps to get them out. Unfortunately, many birds are actually protected species so you may have to wait until the young grow to remove them. If baby birds are present, simply wait a few weeks to a month or two until the young have grown and the entire family has left the attic.
At this point, you need to remove the nesting material and thoroughly clean the attic. This will get rid of the smell which could attract more wildlife in the future. Don’t forget to seal up whatever entrance the birds used to get into your attic in the first place. These animals are creatures of habit and if they have access to the same nesting spot, they will use it again in the future. Because of this, you need to make sure they can’t get back into your attic the next time they are ready to lay eggs.
The easiest and most effective way to get the birds out of your attic is to just hire a professional. They will know whether it is legal to take action, what steps to take, and be able to spot the animal’s entry point with ease.