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im after some help please, I live in a top floor flat of an old building. The flat below me has been empty for about a year now, and they have started doing work in it. The last few nights I've notice… Read More
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
im after some help please, I live in a top floor flat of an old building. The flat below me has been empty for about a year now, and they have started doing work in it. The last few nights I've noticed scratching in the wall. Today while hoovering I moved my chest of draws to hoover and saw a gap between my floor and wall it looks like the floor has dropped maybe from them doing work downstairs I'm now terrified that there is a rat in the wall and could be getting in my flat is there anything I can do?
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I had one that climbed up the cavity to keep warm in the loft, came back each winter for 3 years but not heard him this year. The council came out and put poison down which all got eaten pretty quick.

They never came in the house though or atleast I didnt know they had :)
#2
How big is the gap? If you can't get someone out with traps, fill it with wire wool. They can't get through that.
#3
How old is the building?
#4
Get a cat!
#5
If you have a rat in your wall then go to YouTube and look for a video of a cat killing a rat, the rat must be screaming. It sounds harsh, but play it loud and I promise the rat will stay away.

Also get an app of cats making angry sounds.

I know it works because the exact same thing happened to me. I played angry cat sounds from an app, still came, played a video of a cat killing a rat and it never came back again.
#6
Scratching in the wall doesn't necessarily mean it's rats. It could be a poltergeist or some other kind of ghost. Anyway, good night.
#7
is it in the kitchen?
#8
The rats are the least of your problems, it sounds like your floor is about to collapse at any point. I'd be talking to the landlord of the property.
#9
This can take a good couple weeks to work but then is more effective in keeping pests away:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/PestBye-Advanced-Whole-House-Repellent/dp/B005GKCFV6/ref=pd_vtph_86_bs_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=YBXNF8BHD8N8KEGY1MQZ

Edited By: mubashar on Jan 10, 2017 12:57: Typo
#10
Robj1
How old is the building?
Not sure exactly how old it is I believe it's Victorian
#11
fawkes99
is it in the kitchen?
No in the spare bedroom
#12
COUPONKEV
The rats are the least of your problems, it sounds like your floor is about to collapse at any point. I'd be talking to the landlord of the property.

And try not to panic about the monsters under your bed and in the wardrobe.
#13
Is the cavity a recent addition for insulation purposes?

A victorian house would not have been build with cavity.
#14
Robj1
Is the cavity a recent addition for insulation purposes?
A victorian house would not have been build with cavity.
I've not had any insulation put in, I know the property below me has had it put in, with a false ceiling also put in, the building is on quite a steep hill aswel not sure if it's just movement
#15
Could it be birds, mice, loose guttering, cables at the side of the property making the noise?

Older satellite dishes can rattle lots.
#16
rat....kitchen.....oh my....lol
#17
rodders443
If you have a rat in your wall then go to YouTube and look for a video of a cat killing a rat, the rat must be screaming. It sounds harsh, but play it loud and I promise the rat will stay away.
Also get an app of cats making angry sounds.
I know it works because the exact same thing happened to me. I played angry cat sounds from an app, still came, played a video of a cat killing a rat and it never came back again.
Genius. X)
#18
ella301988
Robj1
Is the cavity a recent addition for insulation purposes?
A victorian house would not have been build with cavity.
I've not had any insulation put in, I know the property below me has had it put in, with a false ceiling also put in, the building is on quite a steep hill aswel not sure if it's just movement
Draw a line with paint on the ground at the end of your building. Check it every couple of days to see if the building is sliding down the hill. Glad to have been of help. :)
#19
outside are there any cracks in the walls that are getting bigger?
#20
radium
Scratching in the wall doesn't necessarily mean it's rats. It could be a poltergeist or some other kind of ghost. Anyway, good night.

lmao
#21
I had mice in mine and made the mistake of using poison.. they died in a pace I couldn't get too and its was terrible for months with an god awful smell.. the council do a cheap n cheerful service where they can use traps etc and cheaper than the professional pest services.. good luck I really feel for you
#22
fawkes99
is it in the kitchen?
Yes, now what's he gonna do?
#24
he gonna catch that rat
#25

Good home made trap but might not fit inside wall cavity.
#26
fawkes99
he gonna catch that rat
...and make a meal out of it?

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