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The most common kind of wild animal that people will find in their home are rats or mice. Because these animals have made their own survival based upon the kinds of things that people provide, including food and shelter, it is quite common to find one of these rodents living in your home. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising to find several dozen of them doing so.
What makes rats and mice so horrific to have in your house is that a couple can turn into dozens within a year's period of time. They are prolific breeders, and because of the fact that they can easily hide away in walls, your attic, your basement, or other secluded area of your house, it is very easy for them to be able to flourish without you even being aware that they are about.
While it may be difficult to know if you have a rat in your house, the truth is that there are some indicators that will let you know if you have a critter like this, or a group of critters like these living in your house. This most often comes from the different kinds of noises that they make. This makes it important for you to understand the different kinds of noises and sounds that rats will make that are living inside your house.
First, understand that rats are nocturnal creatures for the most part. For those of you who have had a rat or hamster as a pet at some point, a lot of what you are looking for in terms of noises are the same kinds of noises that your pet rodent made.
This starts with such things as scratching or clawing at portions of your home as the rat is trying to chew to strengthen its teeth or to create a different access point for itself to get out of one area and into another. Any person who has had one of these rodents as a pet can attest to the fact that they love to chew on things, and so you should be on the alert for listening for these kinds of noises at nighttime to see if you hear rats attempting to chew at portions of your house.
Also, common if you have several rats that are living inside your home, you should hear them scurrying about, especially within the wall area of your home. While these are not particularly big creatures, they still will make noises as they move around, especially if you have a larger group of them. While it is dark inside your home, it is a good idea to listen for odd noises that seem out of place in the wee hours of the night. If you hear what sounds like a lot of scurrying around or wrestling with one another, then you likely have an issue with rats and will need to do something to take care of this problem. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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