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To get my 8 year old to look in the loft as I'm too scared

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exmrs Sat 29-Nov-14 13:40:11

Ok I recently exchanged houses with another lady who left the house in a total state
In the mornings I can hear scratching above my bedroom and a squaking noise. On my bedroom ceiling little holes are appearing more and more.
After watching programs where people call the council to sort problems there has been loads about rats being able to get into attics and I have convinced myself either rats or birds are in the attic.
Birds I could deal with but I'm feeling ill thinking the lady beside me did leave things in such a state that rats could have been possible.

I now can't sleep at night thinking a rat is going to drop on my head through one of these holes and I have a phobia of rats.

I'm too scared to look in the loft as I would have a heart attack if something jumped out, plus in very big so can't really get through the loft hole.

Son is 8 and not scared of creatures and he wants to look in the loft ( obv I wouldn't let him walk about up there) but I feel it should really be me looking.

What would other people do as it's just me and my son?

WorraLiberty Sat 29-Nov-14 13:42:53

It's probably squirrels.

As the adult in the house, I think you should deal with it or call someone in.

skylark2 Sat 29-Nov-14 13:44:44

I think eight is a bit young. He might not be scared of whatever might be there, but if it movedsuddenly and startled him he might fall.

I would grovel to a neighbour.

ticktactoegivemeago Sat 29-Nov-14 13:45:03

I'd ring the council. We had mice in the loft once and I could hear lots of squawking and scratching sad

Johnogroats Sat 29-Nov-14 13:45:04

Either way it sound like vermin are up there. I'd let my 8yo stick his head up, and call the council to get it sorted.

ticktactoegivemeago Sat 29-Nov-14 13:45:22


listed Sat 29-Nov-14 13:45:38

Throw the boy up there.

Send him up there with thick winter protective layers on and a cricket bat.

dangerrabbit Sat 29-Nov-14 13:45:54

Call pest control at your local council - some offer this service for free.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 29-Nov-14 13:47:25

We had a mouse in our attic. The scratching sounded really loud, I was convinced it was a rat, but no, just a noisy mouse.

In your situation I'd call the council and let them sort it.

Delphine31 Sat 29-Nov-14 13:47:27

He won't be able to see properly just poking his head through the hatch anyway. He would need to get up there which as you've already mentioned is definitely not advisable. Even near the loft hatch could be unboarded bits of loft that would cave if he put his weight on them. At eight years' old I think that's too risky.

Do you have a friendly neighbour? Always worth getting to know your neighbours for times like this (and obviously so that you can help them out when they're in a fix too).

exmrs Sat 29-Nov-14 13:51:36

The council want over £130 to come out , I'm going to have to get someone to do it as i can't get into the loft.

For people who said squirrels or mice would this cause holes in my ceiling from them scratching or moving about

WorraLiberty Sat 29-Nov-14 13:54:24

Yes, the holes would be caused by them running around under the loft boards.

WorraLiberty Sat 29-Nov-14 13:57:12

It does need sorting quickly though because (and I don't mean to scare you), when we had squirrels in the loft, one died and tons of maggots fell through a tiny hole in the ceiling sad

PurpleWithRed Sat 29-Nov-14 14:04:42

Send him up - can he do the chimney while he's up there?

exmrs Sat 29-Nov-14 14:32:24

Worra I will be having nightmares about maggots now as well !

icclemunchy Sat 29-Nov-14 15:08:42

£130?! For just one visit or a set of treatments? DPs company charge around £70 a visit and that's in London so give some local pest control companies a call

Andrewofgg Sat 29-Nov-14 15:38:15

He might exaggerate and scare you even more shitless than you already are grin Wo/man up and do it yourself.

CatLady25 Sat 29-Nov-14 15:40:35

Yep most likely mice but good news theyre more scared of you so they will run and hide as soon as you turn on the light

GoodKingQuintless Sat 29-Nov-14 15:42:37

You need to get it sorted quickly. They could be gnawing through cables and cause a fire hazard.

Another thing, how did they get in? You may have a hole in the roof, and that would need fixing too.

£130 is a lot, but you would need to pay whoever you got out to fix whatever is going on.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 29-Nov-14 15:42:55

Don't send your 8 year old up.

Any extended family member you could call up to investigate?

PortofinoVino Sat 29-Nov-14 16:37:45

Yeah - go on......send him up there. It will be interesting to see what he'll tell his teacher on Monday grin

KnackeredMuchly Sat 29-Nov-14 16:53:13

Yabu don't send up your 8 year old. Ask a neighbour

Andrewofgg Sat 29-Nov-14 17:33:24

Can he do my chimney too?

drbadbride Sat 29-Nov-14 19:39:35

Every neighbourhood had a handyman (or even handywoman) type who will undertake domestic jobs for an hourly rate. You could pay him/her for an hour to look at the loft for you* (most charge between £15 and £20 per hour IME, much cheaper than the £130 your council wants). Then, once you know what you're dealing with, decide whether handyperson or council is the best to deal with it.

*make sure that your handyperson is insured, or that your house insurance covers any accidental damage to your home/ the handyperson

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