dead rat on back steps
The family (husband, dogs, and I) went away for this past long weekend. When we came back we discovered a dead rat on the back steps. We live in a suburban/urban area - so I'm not too surprised by the presence of rats - just by the location it chose to pass on.
I've done a little Google work and discovered that we do not 'meet' any of the criteria for a good rat habitat. No food or garbage left around (inside or out), no tall weeds, no food in the compost heap (just leaves, no new ones added since 3 years ago). Same goes for the neighbors - as far as I know. We have a large fence (6ft on one side, 4ft on the other) around the property, so neighborhood cats don't seem likely.
I am now paranoid that they are going to get in the house - any experiences with this? How can you tell if you have rats? I checked the cabinets for poop and chewed food bags - nothing. HELP!