Halloween is the traditional time of year for "Ghosties, ghoulies, long-legged beasties ........ and things that go bump in the night."
It is also the time of year when rodents are on the move to take up their winter quarters in warm sheds, garages, out buildings, lofts and attics. Things going "bump in the night" or the sound of scratching, scuttling and gnawing can usually be attributed to one or other of our common rodent species, either the Brown Rat or, locally the Wood Mouse.
Both can usually be brought to book fairly quickly with either anti coagulant bait or traps depending on site conditions, followed up by proofing work to prevent any re-infestation. Proofing work should only be carried out after the infestation is cleared so that there is no danger of a rat being blocked into, for instance, a loft space or wall cavity, and then doing untold damage to wiring or pipework in a quest for water or freedom.
Happy Halloween ........ Don't have nightmares.