Since January I have heard creatures entering the house via the route of
gutter,tiles and then a popping sound through either a dodgy soffit or felt.
This happens on three areas of the roof.
I have had the Council out on several occasions but will not rule on it
being vermin unless I can find droppings. The latest I have noticed is the
green insulation of the hot water cylinder being eaten, also carpet edging
,underlay etc. Stinks under some of the floorboards especially at night.
The council pest control did lay bait but only in the main loft area. Would
not look around boundary of loft due to H&S . Also wouldn't lift my
insulation to check underneath due to H&S. Due to a walking disability I
cannot go into the loft myself but can see the bricks that separate my
property from the neighbours (semi detached).I think there are problems in
this no mans land too.
My neighbour will not acknowledge a problem but I have spoken to others who
have had dead rats on their drive and there have been past problems with
homes in the vicinity, two of which are empty whilst going through the
The sound in the walls and sometimes fish smell under the carpet together
with black scuff marks appearing almost daily is driving me crazy.
I have had an odd job roofer in to check the bottom two layers of tiles,
didn't find anything unusual. I also contacted a roofer who I have known a
long time but showed no interest. Also contacted a few builders that give
the impression that I am some weirdo . Is their no tradesmen for this work ?
It seems more and more likely the house will have to be sold to a builder
who will rerroof, fumigate and leave the place empty for several months.
I write here in case anyone else has been through something similar and can
offer some advice.