Last winter we had a family of rats move into our basement.....Keep in mind that our finished basement is about 2000sq ft with numerous ducts, drop ceiling, conduit runs and hollow walls.
We had a terrible time getting rid of them. We first tried humane traps but quickly moved to poison and snap traps....They are incredibly bright animals for their size and it took us two weeks to get them all. We actually had them invade the main house from their basement "base" and leave their little droppings in the Kitchen and a chewed door edge in a failed attempt to get into the pantry.
You have to assume that they had full run of the house at that point while we were asleep. We had the kids close their doors at night to their rooms. Very Creepy....
Our home is in a very upscale area of North Atlanta, not the projects.
A very large RAT chewed his way thru the dryer duct vent. Before we found where he was entering the house, we found large rat droppings along the baseboards and even going up the stairs. We sleep with our bedroom door closed, but the RAT managed to slip under the closed door..We found droppings in our bedroom. It was horrifying.
We bought a Rat poison stick at the local feed store, and the rat ate it, and when he went outside to die.
We have become Cat lovers since that incident. Just last night, our mighty hunter bagged another one..OUTSIDE.
We live bordering the woods..and a creek.
Did you own a cat? I'm wondering if having a cat could have prevented this? Or a rat-terrier type of dog?