NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- Local homeowners are under siege from rats and other rodents, scurrying to get inside your home and away from colder temperatures.
Rats are hiding in and under your home, and Action News is getting down and dirty to find them.
"If you look right here on this pipe all this black marking right here is usually where the rodents walk along the pipes," said animal trapper Nick Hartley as he showed Action News telltale signs.
Hartley says the cold, wet weather we've seen lately has resulted in a rat invasion.
"They'll come in through the roof, create an opening, rain water hits it and people don't even know they're up in their attic," he said.
Dozens of homeowners have called Kritt R Done for help and what they've found is appalling. Attics found covered in droppings, insulation ripped apart, chewed through AC vents, trapped squirrels and rats caught in live traps.
"When the animals comes on they eat off it and all they have to do is press down a little bit and the trap shuts down," said Hartley.
He says most exterminators use poison, and he's had to go in afterward to completely remove them.
"I've seen ceilings have to get ripped out when they die and rot away in the attic, also you have the smell to deal with," he said.
It can be expensive too. Not only is the homeowner stuck with that bill, but they're forced to shell out thousands of dollars to cover the damage left behind. Hartley says homeowners should deal with any open holes or crevices because rats only need a hole the size of a quarter to be able to invade.