We've currently got some visitors staying that arrived uninvited.
They're the kind of visitors that get all active and noisy right when you're wanting to go to bed.
They're the kind of visitors who cause damage to your home.
They're the kind of visitors who disturb the kids and agitate the dogs.
The ones that come and go as they please with very little regard to the rest of the household.
We've got rodents in the ceiling.
It started off as an occasional thumping sound at dawn and dusk. This convinced us it was a possum.
The noise then started during daylight hours and at all hours of the night.
We called in a possum removal service because we love our furry neighbours and don't want to see them come to any harm.
After spending around $200 on getting the guy out for nurturing possum removal, it turns out there is no evidence of possums in our roof.
There is however plenty of evidence of rats or mice.
At the beginning I was convinced it was a possum. The footsteps sound heavy and when the animal runs it sounds possumish.
Apparently all things in the roof sound much bigger and louder than they are.
From what I've heard and read, there's a general rule of thumb in identifying the intruder by ear:
- If it sounds like an elephant, it's a human
- If it sounds like a human, it's a possum
- If it sounds like a possum, it's a rat
- If it sounds like a rat, it's a mouse
- If it sounds like a mouse, it's a ... smaller mouse
The possum buster dude was also a rodent control dude and spread rat-sack through ceiling. But only after I felt confident that I wasn't going to accidentally kill a possum or that we weren't going to have rotting corpses in our roof.
If a possum was in the roof it would probably eat the rat-sack and die. But there is no possum hair, droppings, urine or oil which makes him confident there are no possums in the house.
The rat-sack makes the rodents incredibly thirsty so they generally don't die while in the roof, they typically die in storm water drains or by other water sources.
I was also worried about the dogs eating dead rats they've found in the backyard and becoming victims to the same poisonous fate.
He assured me that a dog would need to eat three or four rat-sacked rodents to get sick and if this did happen a vet would simply give them a shot of Vitamin K and all would be good with the world.
As for a guarantee that this method of operation will work, our possum and rodent guru gave us a 6 month warranty on his service which means he will continue to return until our visitors have gone within that 6 month period, and if there is something smelly suggesting death above us, he'll come and remove it.
I was a bit dismayed at having paid $230 for rat-sack (the original $200 plus the rodent control), but I guess the possum peace of mind and warranty clean-up is worth it.
That was a week ago.
I'm afraid to say, instead of things calming down up there, they appear to be ramping up!
Last night the buggers were partying like it's 1999. One last dance perhaps? I'll be emailing the dude today to see if this is normal or if we've got super rodents who turn rat-sack into party drugs.
The trouble with unwanted guests is, their behaviour is so ... so ... unwanted.
They've gotta go.
What unwanted guests have you had?
Have you ever had rodents in the ceiling?
Did they party before their final farewell? Or did things quieten down quickly?
Did you DIY or get the experts in?
Update: The possum/rodent busters advised this morning that it takes up to three weeks for rodents to disappear. Right now they're all in there having a party with their new party food. Eek!
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