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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 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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    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

    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.

    How old is the building?

    Get a cat!

    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.

    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.

    is it in the kitchen?

    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.

    This can take a good couple weeks to work but then is more effective in keeping pests away:

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    Edited by: "mubashar" 10th Jan

    Original Poster

    Robj1

    How old is the building?


    Not sure exactly how old it is I believe it's Victorian

    Original Poster

    fawkes99

    is it in the kitchen?


    No in the spare bedroom

    COUPONKEV

    The rats are the least of your problems, it sounds like your floor is … 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.

    Is the cavity a recent addition for insulation purposes?

    A victorian house would not have been build with cavity.

    Original Poster

    Robj1

    Is the cavity a recent addition for insulation purposes? A victorian … 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

    Could it be birds, mice, loose guttering, cables at the side of the property making the noise?

    Older satellite dishes can rattle lots.

    rat....kitchen.....oh my....lol

    rodders443

    If you have a rat in your wall then go to YouTube and look for a video of … 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)

    ella301988

    I've not had any insulation put in, I know the property below me has had … 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.

    outside are there any cracks in the walls that are getting bigger?

    radium

    Scratching in the wall doesn't necessarily mean it's rats. It could be a … 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

    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

    fawkes99

    is it in the kitchen?


    Yes, now what's he gonna do?

    he gonna catch that rat

    xfaxfa

    Home made trap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF6xwUSkT1k



    Good home made trap but might not fit inside wall cavity.
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