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A few weeks ago I heard a scratching on my ceiling. I ignored it. About a month later, I hear it again. Same scratch, same spot in my ceiling. It appears to be a mouse or some rodent. However, I have found no sign of a rodent in my house. No droppings, nothing in traps, no holes. The only thing was the scratching and little pitter patters of feet. What is it, why can't I hear it all the time, how do I get rid of it, and how do I keep it from coming back?

What you are describing isn't that unusual. There is a whole world available to mice between the exterior and interior walls. Typically, if you see sign in the living space it is due to spill over from an over abundant rodent population in the walls.

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I was a professional animal damage controller. If you are having problems with squirrels, raccoons, beavers, moles, voles, etc. damaging your property, I can help give you information to resolve that damage. I was an assistant editor for Wildlife Control Technology magazine and have published numerous articles as well as two books in this field.


former Assistant Editor of Wildlife Control Technology magazine, the nation's only exclusive professional magazine for animal damage controllers. I have published two books, the Wildlife Removal Handbook and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook.

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