Posted by Steve on 9:35:07 12/5/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
Just wanted to give you an update on the rat situation in the Brooklyn basement.
We had an exterminator come by; he baited the entire basement pretty extensively. He placed a number of rice crispy treat looking squares throughout the basement as well as a large black structure with holes in it that had some type of bait inside of it, and several different types of snap traps (ranging from classic wooden, to larger black ones, as well as one that looked like shark teeth).
In addition, since we do not have a door between the basement entrance and the staircase that leads to the first floor (it's an open kitchen that leads to basement), he placed lines of glue traps along the first and third steps to prevent the rat from running upstairs. All food has been removed from the basement so all that is down there is the bait the exterminator placed.
This morning, we found the first line of the glue traps partially disturbed, along with the rat's tail that he apparently chewed off stuck on one of the traps. What can we take away from this? He's been down there for a little over a week and never attempted to come up the steps (this based on the fact that there have been no droppings nor evidence of eaten food within the kitchen during that time period). Why would he attempt the stairs rather than trying to crawl up through the walls?
The exterminator did a decent search of the interior and exterior of the house; he noted that the outside was sealed tight. He guessed that the major work on the street outside that I had mentioned on the squirrel board may have caused this rat to randomly find his way in the basement and now he cant find his way out.
Do you think this is just a loner who got misplaced and is just trying to find his way out? Will he attempt to come back up the stairs again or did he learn his lesson? Also, does his attempt at coming upstairs mean that he truly is stuck down there and can't get out the way he came in? Again, I just want to reiterate that this was the first rat we've ever had in over 25 years in this house.
As always, thank you for your advice!
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