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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:12 pm    Post subject: Animal chewing in my wall - what do I do besides panic? Reply with quote

This is the third night in a row that I've heard it. It's in the wall right next to my bed Sad I've been sitting in here for a couple hours but suddenly it seemed to rush in (from outside?) and then I heard it moving around.

Then I banged on the wall, and it quieted a little. But it started making little "verbal" type noises. It's a rodent of some kind. I hope it's not a rat. I hate rats so much, I don't know what to do. One time when I lived in another house, some rats got in, and I am almost certain that one of them ran over my face when I was in bed. They also chewed a hole through the wall near an electrical outlet, crapped all over the place & ate dog food. The worst thing ever.

Fortunately my cat at the time was a champion and she took care of the situation, killed a few of them and then they all left and didn't come back. But she died and I haven't got a cat. Plus I need to get rid of it before it would ever get inside the house. What am I going to do? I looked for a hole outside earlier, and didn't see one but there are plants up against the foundation (the ground cover) and I need to pull them out and look, but I should have done that while it was light out. No way I'd be able to do it now, the reason I didn't do it then was that I don't have a rake at the moment.

I don't have a gun. Plus I can't see it, anyway and don't want to. Any ideas? Please help! I have a really small house so I'm limited regarding where to be. Sad It sounds like it's chewing on inside of the wall. Sad This is made from wood planks around 1/2 inch thick, maybe a little less (3/8?) do you think it could chew through during the night?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You live near anywhere with a pest control service?

Plus if this wasn't a real story I'd love to twist into a scary story.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ebonwinter wrote:
You live near anywhere with a pest control service?

Plus if this wasn't a real story I'd love to twist into a scary story.


There was a creepy-house novel in the 70s called The House of Dies Drear. I remember reading an excerpt from it in third grade as an assignment. This story reminded me of that book, in which an old house has lots of secret passageways, and makes strange sounds.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a pest control service but it's 9:30 at night. Sad What do you think they would do? I wouldn't want to use poison, as we have a well and neighbors.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also I certainly would not want it dying inside the wall and having to smell it rotting away. Do you think the peeping sounds indicate that there are more than one of them?? Or do they talk to themselves?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a cat. It's the only answer. They keep bugs away too. The cat doesn't actually have to catch the critters - once the cat imprints his presence, no critter will even try to come in.

It's 10pm here (est). Try calling the SPCA, you never know. Ask if they'll give you an adult cat tonight. It would be worth mentioning that you don't mind what it looks like but you don't want to get into medical expenses right away.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey relax- have you ever seen a mouse? They are tiny and cute and will run from you. I have mice- they make more noise than their size belays. My daughter was freaking out about the possibility of it running over her in her sleep. After she saw it she didn't feel afraid any more because it is a cute little thing. They are pests though. You have to watch for droppings and clean them up because they are bad for your health.

I have around 14 cats, but they are too well fed to catch the mice, lol. We are going to get traps. I hate it but they are bad for our health, so they have to go.

I also had a pet rat once, and she used to get out of her cage and sneak up to my pillow. I would wake up with her curled up next to my head. I bet this would be unwelcome to some folks, lol.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can check out adoptable cats on-line here:

www.petfinder.com

Check the newspaper too.

You'll sleep a whole lot better knowing the cat's there.

Please keep in touch and let us know how you go.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will be fine today, but call your local pest control first thing tomorrow morning.

Don't get a cat unless you really want another cat for other reasons than simply getting rid of this rodent.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It never occurred to me that somebody who used to have a cat wouldn't want another. Sorry if I bumbled into the wrong territory. I fall in love with every cat that purrs at me.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must sound awfully bossy! I get all carried away, sorry!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claradoon wrote:
It never occurred to me that somebody who used to have a cat wouldn't want another. Sorry if I bumbled into the wrong territory. I fall in love with every cat that purrs at me.


Claradoon, don't feel bad. I used to be a vet tech and saw way too many animals that were brought on impulse and people really didn't want them. I am now kinda militant about people only getting pets if they really, really want them and are prepared to do what is needed to take care of them properly.

Who knows, maybe Hermier is ready for another cat in her life. I must admit, I have a real soft spot for cats too. cat Unfortunately, my dogs enjoy chasing them too much for me to get one.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same annoying little #@%$ers in my wall. Seems like if I send mothballs under the house and in the attic, the bastards dont care for the area anymore.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you ... it's quiet right now, fortunately. I would like to get a cat, but I don't know if the cat will scare anything away! In the other situation (when the rats got in my old house) the cat did live there but had to physically kill several of them before they got the idea they weren't welcome.

I know it's not really that big of a deal but I have a big aversion to vermin. As long as it's not chewing at the moment I think I'll take a xanax & go to sleep. There's literally no place else to move my bed, so the rodent and I will be sleeping a few inches apart. (unless it has hopefully died or moved on....)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could get rat poison and sprinkle it around the parameter of your house. That kills them pretty quickly.
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