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Our home has many mice, a few rats and possibly a squirrel. Concerned about them chewing on wires in our two-story with brick fireplace. Should I invest in an infared camera- or is this overkill?

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    Hello, and welcome to Stack Exchange. What's the IR camera for? – Daniel Griscom Jan 11 '17 at 9:53
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    It is literally underkill. The usual response is traps (and searching for & closing entry points). Rats & mice are not deterred by being put on youtube. – RedGrittyBrick Jan 11 '17 at 10:19
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An infrared camera might be useful if you were trying to detect or document rodent/pest activity. If you know you already know you have mice, rats, and (maybe) a squirrel, focus on getting them out and preventing them from entering. These questions/solutions might be of some help:

Alternatively, you could contact an exterminator, who can handle the removal and entry prevention for you.

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Some home improvement stores or rental businesses have a snake camera / borescope that you can rent with a light. I'd just buy one as there are cheap alternatives that connect to smart phone, or laptop via USB. If you wouldn't mind putting a ~1/2" hole in the wall, you could feed it down in the cavities to check for any signs of damage.

Example Snake Camera

But agreeing with other users, I'd start at investigating where they are entering the home and try and stop them. Eliminate food sources as well to persuade them that your house isn't as inviting as it looks.

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