Update on me and my unwelcome rats Aug 11, 2013 0:01:51 GMT -5 Moodle likes this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by CourageouslyLion SeeksSerenity on Aug 11, 2013 0:01:51 GMT -5 Aug 10, 2013 23:53:51 GMT -5 Perfect Mess said:The exterminator came today. He's done this so many times that he just made it all seem too easy. He surveyed the property on the outside and then climbed onto the roof. He found 4 openings the rats could be using to get in and covered them with steel mesh. He then came inside and set 10 large traps in the garage and attic. That's it. He charges extra to empty and reset the traps everyday so I'll be doing that myself. Too easy. But I think we need more traps inside the house, not just the attic and garage. I have a bag of volkmans for my birds on the kitchen counter Ive moved into a large ziplock bag that keeps getting torn into DURING THE DAY, I've had to rebag it twice since this morning. It seems that since we have cleaned the entire house so well, the rats are desperate to find food. They are even trying to chew their way into the 5-gallon dog food bucket which is very thick and hard plastic with a screw on lid. So when I got up this morning, there were plastic shavings all over the floor around the dog food bucket. There must be nothing left to eat anywhere else if they're going to these lengths. We have no food out so they are eating the bird food in the cages at night too. I worry about my 2 birds if the rats get desperate enough to attack them. No idea if a rat would try to kill a bird and I rather not have to find out. Hopefully all this means is that they will be trapped easier as those traps are all baited. The exterminator said he found a lot of evidence that there are a lot of rats living right outside our house. So they aren't all breeding inside the house. No wonder I was fighting a losing battle all this time.