Unwelcomed Roommate "RATS"!! Help?

About a week ago I being to hear loud noises at night time coming from the wall in my apartment (between the living room and kitchen) I use to own a pair of gerbils (which are from the rat family) so immediately I recognized the sound, it was gnawing! And I must say that even though I have owned gerbils, gerbils and rats are very different and I am deathly (stressing the term deathly) afraid of rats. The next morning I woke up and there was about 6 to 8 pellets of poo on my counter. I contact the landlord and admittedly left to stay at a nearby hotel. An exterminator can the next day to set traps (sticky traps with peanut butter) and as of yet there have been NO rats caught. The rats go around the traps (there was poo around the traps) and the exterminator has no clue where they are coming in at. I am very clean, I live in a building with 4 units (two @ the top and two @ the bottom) but no one else has yet to complain of rats (which I find hard to believe seeing as how they are known to travel). I have put all the food on my counters up but they continue to come (there is even poo on my couch). The exterminator isn't any help and my landlord is not doing much but coming in looking around and leaving. I have a toy dog (whose safety I am worried about)and I feel like a prisoner in my own home forced to stay locked up in my room . p.s. I recently discovered poo in my walkin in closet.. will they get in your bed? I am planning to leave for a few weeks as we speak Any suggestion on ways that "I" can get this things to leave or ways to handle my landlord (put a little fire under his buns). Thanks

Asked By: - 12/12/2009
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First of all, rats are MUCH more scared of you than you are of them, so don't worry about them hurting you or your dog. They are just trying to get some food and warmth in the winter. It can be very hard to get rid of rats, and they can and will get into anything they can eat or make a nest in or out of. Those... More
Answered By: Robin - 12/15/2009
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The problem needs to be solved, if you move out, let the lazy land lord take care of it. If have to stay, find a way to rid you place of the problem. Call the health dept on the land lord, if it is heat you need. I would move, they might come back, the whole neighborhood might be infested !
Answered By: mr.dfleming57 - 12/12/2009
Head straight to your local D.I.Y. store where you can pick up ultrasound plug-ins that you leave on an the rats cant stand so they leave. It makes a noise that humans and dogs cant hear so it wont bother your little pooch and it much more humane than any kind of poison or rat trap.
Answered By: nothinelseleft - 12/12/2009
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