Things that go bump in the night?

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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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manonthemoon wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:01 pm
I just looked them up as have never heard of them. They're pretty cute, remind me of a cross between guinea pigs, chinchilla, and rats. What a combination.
I think that they are called mole rats in English but dont think they are endemic to the British Isles.

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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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Just an up-date, nothing has been caught in the traps, but some bait has gone :( so after yet another interrupted night, I took the decision to put down some poison, this is against my principles, but left me with no choice, so last night put down two sachets of poisoned wheat, the type you leave sealed, put the boxes back on the window cill in the garage, one un-opened, the other one with three bags left in, this morning the two bags on the floor were gone :) the boxes on the window cill had gone as well :o :o :o quickly found them behind some wood, the little/big ba***** had taken another packet out of the opened box!! :shock: this is a complete mystery to me to what could have jumped up four feet to get at the two boxes, it has to be a beech or pine marten IMHO, or one of Santa's elves :? hope they dont feed the reindeer's with them ;) ;) Ff
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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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It could be rats
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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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Do rats make a noise when walking about? other rodents dont, but obviously the are smaller, rats like their smaller cousin can and do leave trails, usually scat, I do have a very good book on such a subject, but throughout a search of the garage floor have not seen any sign of any scat, also they are very good climbers, but can they jump from the floor straight upwards?, they have little legs, a trap camera would have been a good idea, but getting one just before Christmas, not a good idea, but thanks for suggestions. Ff

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We had what we thought might be a fouine in the roof. Tried a variety of methods to trap it and get rid of it, to no avail.
Then we scattered a few mothballs up in the roof. Have had no problem since with any animals. We assumed they just don't like the smell.

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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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After 3 sleepless nights we also used poison. The following morning we found 3 dead creatures floating in our swimming pool and best of all no more knawing/scratching at night. Also no more creatures in the pool. It might just be coincidence.

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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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Maninthemoon - were the dead creatures mice?
We never really identified those which were doing damage in our bathroom, though I know it was mice in the piano and van. There's a distinctive smell, and we found their mummified bodies in the piano.
Or the live one in the kitchen.
ps the bathroom, something chewed through the waste pipe under the bath and water leaked through the living room ceiling.

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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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Pat we're not 100% sure that all 3 were mice. I think 2 were shrews and 1 slightly smaller definitely a mouse.

It just seems coincidental that the noise has abated since we used poison and we found dead creatures.

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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

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Just an up-date, what ever it is, its still here :x we had a quieter spell for a week or two, but this past week its back, you can hear it as it walks over the electric cables, it must catch the gaine and that's where the noise is coming from, along with it claws :? so time to get the pros in, is there a French equivalent of "Rentokill" or local firms, and what are they called? Thankyou.

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Re: Things that go bump in the night?

Post by FrenchForumSurvivor »

A rat catcher in French is a dératiseur and this looks like a useful site for you, FF: https://deratisation.info/index.htm
If the French is a problem, use DeepL Translator to help.
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