Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
disgusting rat story
Our old house had a brutal rat infestation at one point. It was such an old house, and it didn't really have a basement or foundation so much as just kind of a debris-scattered "crawlspace" that was really just rocks and dirt, it was so easy for all kinds of critters to get in under it. I have some pretty nasty stories...
As for an exterminator, they're not that much. Sign up for a service, it's like $90/quarter, and they'll show up as often as you need. But don't expect to be blown away by what they do. They'll put out some traps, help you diagnose where they're coming in, and then you've just got to stay diligent til they're wiped out. Spring coming will be your best helper.