A few weeks ago Gary and I were talking in his kitchen when we heard a skittery sound behind the stove. Mice. Shortly thereafter, he found definite mouse leavings on the dryer. We heard more skitterings from time to time.
And then one day he lifted up the sofa to find... a rat. A live rat. He pointed the rat out to Milo, who was quite blase about it. "Yeah, a rat. I've seen him around. So?" A day or two later, Gary picked up a banana that was on the counter.... a big bite had been taken out of it. He put it back on the counter and the next day more had been chewed off.
He gathered up two large mousetraps. One he put in the drawer under the stove. The other was near the banana. He baited them with almond butter and sliced banana. The next morning both traps had been cleaned out and were unsprung.
He re-baited them, this time with bread along with the banana and almond butter. Not too long afterwards, he heard one trap snap. The rat was toast. It measured 11"/28cm from nose to tip of tail.
Today Gary found rat droppings across his dictionary. We're hoping that was left by the now-departed rat, and not by the rat's relatives.
We're expecting another heat wave starting tomorrow, with temps up to the 115/46 range. Oh lucky us.
My nephew Joe passed the halfway point on their hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. He will be here at home for two days, then back on the trail Saturday. He hasn't updated his blog recently but maybe he'll get to it while he's here. We had all planned to drive to meet him on the trail, but his mom broke her leg - so that's postponed. Still, he'll be stuffed with homecooked food while he's here. I'm sure we will be able to drive to meet him further on up the trail in a few weeks.
Joe and Madi a few days ago (Anastacia dropped out sometime back).
Conversations with Yaz:
Me: How's that spot on your chin? The place the doctor lanced?
Me: Lemme see it.
Me: (Picks Yaz up and flips him upside down)
Yaz: YOW YOW YOW
Me: That looks pretty good. You'll be all healed up in time for school to start.
Rats freak me out; they're so effing brazen! Years ago, when I lived in 'the house', I saw one come right up to the slider from out on the deck. Why was this so ballsy? Because I had two black labs whose scent was everywhere.
I go out of my way to 'remove' most things and not kill them. If I kill them, it is because they're a threat to my well being (ie: bees building a hive in my window). Rats fall under this category, only I am ascared! I would call for reinforcements! I am glad you have Gary to do the dirty work and I hope, I hope, I hope that was the end of that.
Love that pic of Joe and Madi! They look happy and healthy=)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee rat! I hate rats. I've never encountered one close-up but I am assured they are in and all around the village, what with the river, the harbor, etc. I hope I never see one, and NEVER have one in the house/sheds/garden. *vom*
Did the rat turdlets spell something out, on Gary's dictionary? Point to a particular word? RatTurd Messages From The Beyond!
Way to go, Joe! What a shame you won't be seeing him/them sooner rather than later. But they'll appreciate the good home-cookin' whenever it appears :-)
I have conversations with Smartie that are like that :-)
Once, in another house, they built a post office in the field across the street. All the rats from the field came to live with us. I put out a big rat trap and caught one, but his brains splattered all over the wall, so I switched to glue traps.
There is a saying that the only good thing about having mice in the house is you don't have rats. How you can have a rat in the house with that many cats is mind boggling. I've heard of having rats under the floorboards where they know the cats can't get to them, but out and about the place. How brazen was he. And the buggers are so damn clever. My parents had some in the back garden and they put poison down. Whilst standing at the kitchen window my mom say two of them carry the contain away, dump the stuff at the back of the garden and replace the container where they got it so it would look like it had been eaten. Damn smart but damn scary too.
Rats!!!! Recall our rat evidence at the trailer that we had to have repaired and refurbished, due to rats and mice? Ewww! I would flip out! Can you determine where it got in??
Joe looks so good! This trek was made for him, I'd say.
We think possibly Milo caught it outside and brought it in through her cat door, then it got away from her. But it could have come in through the cat door on its own... rats can creep through very tiny openings so it might have gotten in another way as well.
Well it is just too bad that there are rats so close. Until we had the rat issue at the trailer, we really weren't spotting rat activity, even at the garbage pit. And at a farm, you can expect to see rat activity, I would think. Hopefully for you, this was a one shot deal and not an infestation.
A couple of years ago, Milo brought in a dead rat. And I remember once when I made up my bed with all nice clean sheets & comforter cover, all that, and got in bed - and saw something poking out from the edge of the comforter. Some cat had brought in a dead rat and tucked it under the comforter.
So they DO take care of rats, on occasion. I know that everyone here was telling us to get cats, last year. But then I later learned that sometimes cats won't go after rats. Well, then! Your cats were sleeping on the job, in this case!
Oh God, we HOPE that was the only rat. That was one big-ass rat.
I didn't get to see Joe while he was here - he hopped back onto the trail Saturday. Now he's talking about doing the Appalachian Trail.
Yaz is running around being his usual naggy self.