3 Mar

There are rats in our walls and it’s making Natalie threaten to move out so it’s an all out blitz attack this weekend.

Here’s what I’ve tried already:

  • Paying someone to come find all the holes in our house and close them off. That was last year. He must have missed a few even though he spent more than a full day on the job.
  • Old fashioned rat traps in the attic and the basement. This is ongoing and I catch them from time to time.
  • New electric rat traps that shock them when they go into the house to grab bait. No hits yet after three weeks.

Next up on my list:

  • Trimming trees near the house that the vermin may be using to climb up and down.
  • Searching for more holes that they may be using to get in and out.
  • As much as I’m against it, setting up special rat poison houses that only rats can get into.

If this shit doesn’t work:

  • Cutting a hole in the wall where they make their noises in the middle night and going after them commando-style.

So far they haven’t made it into the house (except for once when they found a way in under the kitchen sink and committed a bloody plum massacre all over the kitchen floor – I was able to find and patch that hole because they had tried unsuccessfully to drag a plum through the hole, leaving a bloody ring around the entrance.)

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My daughters express their feelings about the coming rat battle.

2 Responses to “RAT ATTACK!!!”

  1. Kathy March 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Love the drawings! Is that a crying rat?

    We got rats and opossums too when we had chickens. And they also made my mom go ballistic. Possums even killed a few of our chickens. Could the rats be attracted by the chicken feed or droppings?

  2. rootsandspokes March 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Hi Kathy,

    Yes, that is a crying rat via our youngest. 🙂

    As for chickens bringing in the rates, yes, that doesn’t help but they wer here before that. This area is known for its rats. Two kinds actually, the giant monsters on the ground and the tree rats that hang in the attic.

    As for the chicken coop, I was careful to use rabbit wire everywhere to keep the rats out (I even covered the bottom with wire). Time to go check for holes to see if they found a way to get in.

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