Posted by mair on 14:05:55 4/19/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
A few months ago I started hearing rodent noises in my house. Living in a rural area, I'm used to mice,etc. I noticed one day that the corner of my foam kitchen mat had been chewed and that the bag of potatoes I had on the counter had a hole and I was missing some potatoes. A few days later, I fell asleep on my couch and awoke to the sound of something scurrying across my kitchen carpet and yes, stealing more potatoes. Being that it was 5 AM and a bit dark, I was unable to really identify the creature. I found a half eated potato that some creature was not able to pull under the stove.
Thinking it was a rat (I had one several years before and successfully dispatched it), I set some rat traps with peanut butter and dog kibble. I have also used the aforementioned potatoes, nacho chips (2 bags of natcho chips went missing or have been broken into). No such luck in any kind of a capture.
What ever this creature is it has done the following things, chewed a hole in the floor in the corner of my bedroom and chewed part of my dogs bed which sat in that corner. It has also chewed or expanded a hole in my bathroom wall and I frequently find bits of wall insulation pushed into the house.
I have a havahart trap and have tried baiting and setting it with no success, day or night. My dogs are crated when I am not home so perhaps said beast won't enter the living area when I'm not there and they are?
Suggestions for bait, suggestions on possible creature? What ever it is, it is living in my crawlspace and walls. My dogs keep indicating to me SOMETHING is there. I am thinking squirrel based on waht I read here as I do hear the noise early in the AM.
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