As an ex-colleague used to exclaim.
But in this case we arrived home from a wedding at 2:30am and found that indeed something of the rodent family had spread my chocolate around the kitchen and shredded sponges under the sink. The single dropping isn’t particularly telling as to which type of rodent it is, but we’re really, really hoping that it’s mice not rats.
Against this go the absence of the hedgehogs, the size of the dropping and how much activity we’ve seen in terms of what had been dragged where. In favour is that there isn’t any grease smear and nothing’s eaten a wall to get in. I’m not the best to judge as I’m used to well-fed city-centre rats that are double the size (in all dimensions) than what we’d be seeing here – it was known that they couldn’t fit in traps any more.
I’ve lived with both. Another member of the household has not lived with either.
We’ve blocked the most likely holes and they haven’t obviously been back. Yet.
The previous owners had a dog, the smell of which would have kept them at bay. But we have a visiting dog so that should work. We also don’t leave food lying about. There appears to be no specific reason why they’ve suddenly come in now, unless someone else that was feeding them locally has had a clear-out and bought a scarer (sonic or organic). If they have, that would explain the lack of hedgehogs too.
There’s a question of poison, but I feel ‘The bachelor’s guide to housekeeping’, which suggests that housekeeping can be avoided by lining every room with concrete and hosing it monthly, may have been right in saying that the only thing that can make your home even more disgusting than it could already be would be dead rodents in the walls. Then there’s the issue of visiting dog being bright enough to get into any ‘food’.
Humane traps say to release at a distance, but don’t say how far away that is.
We’re not doing anything more until we know what we’re dealing with: choosing for the wrong species would be inhumane.