Around this time last year, we had rats in the walls. I look back on the whole situation and I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t realize it beforehand. I would find little black pellets both inside my house and on the deck near some gaps in the siding. Obviously I’m not completely oblivious, I recognized the pellets and feces and assumed it was a small mouse problem so I set out some mouse traps here and there, but never had any success so I assumed the feces I had found was old and that my cat had already killed the culprits.
That was until one night I was enjoying old NCIS reruns, and my TV stopped working. I tried turning it off and on, and plugging and unplugging it but still nothing; no sound, no static, no anything. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do so I Googled possible problems. I came up with a blown fuse, faulty cord or plug, or even a failed power supply; I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with that information so I called my neighbor and asked if he’d come take a look. He came and checked everything he could and said he wasn’t sure why it wouldn’t work, everything seemed perfectly fine and nothing else was down. I had to wait out the night in radio silence until the cable company could come in the morning.
When they did, I was genuinely surprised at what they had found! It wasn’t a problem with any of the actual electrical sources, but something had chewed through the cable in the wall that fed to the back of the TV. After that I called in a Wildlife Technician and they were able to identify my problem: there were rats in the walls. It took a month or so to get them all trapped and all of the mess they left behind cleaned up, but I was very happy with the outcome. Now I can sit and watch my shows without any worry of rats chewing up my wires.