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Night pest. Noisy, bangs dishes, etc. On counter tops. Missing

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Night pest. Noisy, bangs dishes, etc. On counter tops. Missing one lime, hand towel and to hot pads, plus this morning. Chewed on leather case. Did not seem interested in the kitchen trash can. Have removed dog food which seems to have increased activity of whatever it is.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Martin replied 7 years ago.
HelloCustomer welcome to Just Answer.

First i suppose you removed the possibility that this is caused by the dog.

This sound like a rat (or many). A mouse would not carry a lime (they don't even carry a grape). I would suggest you to record the whole scene if you have a camera (letting it roll when you go to bed). This could help to know how many there is.

You will then have to contact 2 professionals, an exterminator (unless you feel confident with rat trap) and then a construction worker that will fix all the area that allow them to enter or else it will happen again. Note that rat can enter by the sewer. You may have to make a complete inspection of where they nest or enter the place.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I didn't realize rats made so much noise. Not the dogs. Have paid two contractors to correct the problem. Why does a rat take hand towels, hot pads and a pkg of cigs. Just a rat thing? Thanks. Hope it is only rats.
Expert:  Martin replied 7 years ago.
Well, they do quite a bit of noise, even mice do. Especially when they interact with objects. If they get stuff like hand towel, it might be to make a nest.