DEAR BERNICE: We have our house on the market. We currently live on a greenbelt and love the sense of being away from the hustle of the city, but still being reasonably close to all the services in town. Recently, we have started hearing noises in the wall at night. I’m afraid that we have some rats or mice that are living in our walls. One of our neighbors tried putting out traps, but that didn’t work. The rats just grabbed the bait out of the trap. We don’t want to put out any poison since we have young children. We understand we may have to tent the house for termites, so that would take care of the problem then. We don’t want to have to tent the house, however, unless we have to. Is there another way to get rid of these pests? –Denise D.

DEAR DENISE: Being on a greenbelt is great. It can also pose a host of problems caused by being next to natural habitat. One of the most common issues is that rats, mice, squirrels and even raccoons may decide to take up residence in your home.

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