I ended up calling max extermination after discovering our house was infested with rats. In actuality it wasn’t inside the actual house, but underneath it. We moved into the home several years ago and didn’t realize there was an extensive crawl space underneath our home. Moreover, there were several entry points utilized by various critters. We knew none of this and it wasn’t apparent immediately. About six months after we moved in, I started hearing noises that I couldn’t identify. My husband couldn’t figure it out, either. We ignored it and moved on with our lives.
The noises persisted, however, and seemed to grow in intensity over the next couple of years. We started chalking it up to a creaky foundation, wind shifting the house, and other apparently harmless causes. It’s not impossible as every home makes its own distinctive noises that almost always turn out to be nothing. Then my husband was doing some yard work and noticed a hole leading underneath the house when he cut back some dead bushes on the side of the house. We put two and two together and realized all those noises might be due to something alive moving around underneath the house.
So we located an extermination company online and had them send someone out. He homed right in on that hole and managed to get himself underneath the house. He quickly noticed several large rat nests there and took care of the problem. I don’t know how these guys put themselves through this stuff as I would’ve been positively terrified. But he handled the problem professionally and was also able to determine that they weren’t inside our home. We’re going to have them return and spray for other pests just in case. Talk about being freaked out! Thank goodness they took care of this problem for us.