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Pests/Drilling noise in walls


Barbara wrote at 2006-10-07 18:07:38
I have a similiar situation. It sounds like a drill or chain saw going through my walls but the noise is almost continuous. 6 weeks ago I hired a pest guy because I saw some carpenter bee holes in my porch. They sprayed, and the noise stopped. Yesterday, the noise started again, so I called the termite/pest people I have a contract with. Long story short, the guy said he'd never heard that type of noise before, didn't know what was causing it, said it couldn't be carpenter bees. When I called his boss, the boss said the guy would drill a hole in the wall upstairs where the noise seems to be concentrated. The guy didn't have a drill or know how to drill a hole, so I did it and then he sprayed his insecticide into the hole. The noise has now stopped, but I still am not sure what it is. I asked the boss if he had something to look into the walls with...he said he might be able to get some kind of scope and I need to call him Monday. I need better professionals!

kimbers wrote at 2006-11-01 22:05:23
I have the exact same problem as 'Barbara' on this site who says the drilling or buzzing sound is random.  I've had two pest control professionals out, I've had a handyman install screen material over all the attic vents.  This sound is like a saw or a drill and happens randomly.  At first I thought my neighbor was perhaps a wood worker sawing with a round saw or drilling.  Then I thought maybe it's an aggressive wood pecker. No one can figure it out. It wakes me up at night and happens throughout the day.  I am in Dallas, TX.

islandman wrote at 2012-06-07 16:16:27
Same thing here in our house in Florida. Strange, the sound (almost like a jackhammer-drill) only appears between 6 and 8 a.m. and it seems to come from one side of the house wall that we have a neighbour right next door, but it's very hard to exactly locate it. The sound appears for about 2-3 seconds, then some times repeat 2-3 times with an interrupt of 1-2 seconds, then other times it stops for 5 - 30 minutes and starts again. We had our plumber over and he thought it has nothing to do with the plumbing if no water is being used (turned on & off) in the house. We checked with our neighbour and he was even trying to help with locating the sound although they don't even hear the sound in their unit. We checked for woodpeckers outside or any other animals, nothing! We would be thankful to hear from you if anybody found out what it could be...  

Rulex wrote at 2012-09-21 01:27:21
I'm experiencing the same identical sound. I've ruled out pests as they typically make erratic scratching noises. The one we experience at my house (where we've lived for over 10 years without any incidents)is more like a very fine drilling hiss which is intermittent in nature. I tend to think that its origin is remote and that simply carries a certain way. Always in one corner or portion of the house. You might think that I've watched too may sci-fi movies, but it would appear that as if it could be some deep operation of unknown origin.

Tony wrote at 2013-04-23 06:55:13
I am having this same problem in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania. The noise sounds like a drill but only lasts about one second at a time. The sounds tends to happen exclusively at night and completely at random. The fact that the noise lasts the same short amount of time whenever I hear it suggests that it isn't a person making the sound but rather a piece of machinery or something of the like. Curiosity is getting the best of me and I would be very relieved to hear an answer to this question.

catsnmusic wrote at 2013-04-24 19:46:34
Have any of you gotten to the bottom of this yet? I have the exact noise in my bedroom wall. I'm in Westwood MA.

help! wrote at 2013-07-19 08:22:48
I live in Los Angeles with same exact sound in my ceiling/ wall.

rvilla wrote at 2013-10-04 16:03:02
Hello I had this happen to me as well, sounds like a mini saw inside you wall. I thought it was a bird, squirrel, woodpecker, I have no idea. I am in Northern VA Falls Church.

October 2013  

rvilla wrote at 2013-10-04 16:15:04

I found this video online and that is what it sounds like.

People say squirrels.

Antique wrote at 2014-05-08 10:55:15
I experienced the same noise. Sounded like a hammer drill coming from my wall.  I live in Southern Ontario , Canada . It was amplified because it was on a drop ceiling tile in the bedroom that I was lying in. I was able to determine from hearing scamper across the ceiling tiles it was a mouse. It would run and then, it would stop and make this hammer drill noise. I later trapped the mouse. The noise stopped and then a week later another mouse appeared and the same thing . I trapped it also. Now I have the same noise , only a louder version in a different location in a wall. It seems to happen around 6 AM it lasts a few seconds , repeats and stops. Because of the mouse experience, I am quite certain it is another rodent, only larger. I have had several squirrels and chipmunks in the area and I suspect that is what it is. Here is a thought......because it happens only in the spring of the year I'm guessing it may be some sort of mating ritual that rodents perform? Perhaps a university or college, researcher/expert would have the answer to this strange behaviour.  

Woodpecker! wrote at 2014-05-25 13:46:26
My husband caught the culprit in action this morning! We'd been having this identical issue- same noise, same time of day, etc. my husband got up after we heard it the first time and stayed up in hopes of it happening again. When he heard it the next time, he went out on the deck and saw it was a woodpecker on the waterspout. The woodpecker flew away, but came right back a few minutes later before moving to our neighbors house.

So, at least in our case- it's a woodpecker that likes to visit between 6-8am and rattle on the waterspout which ends up sounding like someone is drilling into the house.  

Terry wrote at 2015-01-29 02:18:23
This is for Tony and Rulex, I live in Austin and for the last 2 years I've been hearing the same under ground drilling high pitch sound for the past 2 years. It's almost like a dresser or a night stand act as an amplifier to this sound. It is intermittent and it escalates and deescalates. It is extremely annoying! I went on vacation to New Mexico and the same sound was there. Went to Boerne and Donna TX the sound is there. I have recorded this sound called the city and no one seems to have an answer. All I know is that there's something happening under ground.  

Derek wrote at 2015-03-06 16:01:35
My wife and I were having the same issue in our house for almost three months. We could not figure out where the sound was coming from an assumed it was coming from the attic. The sound could be heard in our bedroom and most of the lower area of the house. However we were so out done to later discover that the sound in our house was coming from a Febreze Deodorizer plug in. The unit was malfunctioning.  If you have these units check them to make sure they are not the cause.

dkfly3 wrote at 2015-07-31 17:10:04
hi, I was just reading about Carpenter Bees. It was said they vibrate their bodies to add warmth to their nests. More information from Wikipedia. You could go outside and look for boring holes. Other idea is termites. So, just ideas for you.


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