Topic: Rats in the house
Rats in the house
I have seen previous posts with input from POPville about rodents and exterminators generally, and certainly am familiar with DC rats on the street and sidewalk, but I am for the first time experiencing the phenomenon of rats coming into the house. Our rowhouse and our neighbor’s rowhouse are located near construction sites in U Street/Columbia Heights. Two weeks ago, after spotting a rat in our living room, we discovered that they had chewed the insulation out from around the freon pipe that runs from our AC unit on the deck into our house. Our neighbors have had rats showing up in their HVAC closet for several months, though the design of their house is such that they haven’t been able to definitively identify an access point.
We’ve both engaged exterminating companies. So far we’ve trapped 3 rats and our neighbors have trapped more than a few over the past few months. So here are my questions:
(1) Can anyone share insight beyond what I’m getting from the exterminators? They seem good, but have the strategy of looking for access points and putting out traps and hoping we stop catching rats, and hoping the construction comes to an end quickly. I’m concerned that we haven’t found all the access points (or won’t find new ones) and that we’ll get a breeding situation in our floors/walls. Plus, construction is not going away anytime soon. We’re willing to invest in a long term solution (aside from moving, and we’ve thought about that).
(2) I can’t imagine we are the first homeowners to experience this – so why have I never heard about it before (beyond the obvious)? And what collective action can prevent repeat occurrences for all of us?