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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Victor Did the Job: Update

 This picture of the electric rat trap is only here because the next picture is gross. If you are
squeamish, don't look.
 

avert your eyes
 
avert your eyes
 
I mean it
 
this is gross
 
then, I had to clean it, ugh







It looks like his behind exploded. I have no idea how long he has been there. It is gross. It stinks, but only when it is picked up. I have a sensitive nose, but did not smell the dead rat. Well, I did after I thought I heard a pop. But, only one day was stinky. The trap was behind the door, but I had looked all over and could not figure where I put it.

I hate this part of my life!

May I borrow a mouser?

UPDATE:
I moved the sticky trap to the place the electric trap had been. I caught another rat on that sticky trap. Now, the other sticky trap is behind the door, and I am on my way to buy more sticky traps. Plus, I bought poison today. Exbf is coming tomorrow and we will plug holes and such.  fun fun fun

17 comments:

  1. Catching them is tough, since there always seems to be too many to take the place of those you caught.

    Poison is best. If you're worried about pets, you can make a simple bait station out of a few feet of pvc pipe, a tee and two caps. Place the bait in one of the capped branches of the tee and glue it to the pipe.

    The best place to buy the bait is at a feed store.

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    1. I worry about the chickens eating a poisoned rat. They will, you know. I got the poison at Tractor Supply. The feed store didn't have much. Thanks.

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  2. No fun, no fun, no fun sounds closer to the mark.

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  3. It's awful that you have to clean out Victor. I wish Victor disintegrated the monsters completely.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie,
      THAT is a great idea, just vaporize the rats.

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  4. Last during CERT training being overrun by mice was one of examples the instructor used. I live in an earthquake/tsunami zone. All I could think of was I don't have traps or poisons put away and the cats can only go after so many. I second Janie - cleaning up after a dead rat is really gross.

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    1. seyrey,
      I would hate to be in a disaster, displaced, or discombobulated and have to think about rats or mice and what to do with them. You are so right about cats and how much they could handle. I never thought about that situation. Yeah, he sort of fell apart. Gross. Then, I had to drown the second one.

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  5. Your post made me think of an event. I'll post it on my blog.

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  6. You had to.....had......to drown the second one? harsh. I know you're not supposed to fire a gun within the city limits, but if you had one, I'd rather do that, then hide.

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    1. Or, I could put him in the old aquarium all stuck to the glue trap and allow him to die a natural death. I don't have a gun.

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  7. Well Yuck! and also Hurrah! As much as you paid for that system it really should clean it's self!
    This Summer John repaired our deck. We don't have a backyard, we only have deck but we have A LOT of deck. Anyway while repairing the deck he came across an astonishing amount of rodent bones. Every once in awhile, usually when we have company, we "catch a whiff" It is rarely unbearable you just sort of catch a funky smell when the wind blows. This only goes on for a day or so. So I really do understand how it could happen that you didn't smell anything. Particularly in hot weather or if you live on top of an ant hill (as we do) the odor is only evident for a very short time. Your rat looks as if it had been there for sometime.

    Keep after the traps. As I understand it the rodents are looking for a sheltered place to spend the winter. You sure don't want them to join you indoors.

    What about that snake that was in your basement window? Do you suppose it is still living down there? Have you seen any evidence that it is still around? I am so creeped out by snakes. When I lived in the mountains we only had one harmless snake on our property. I NEVER walked past the space where I had discovered it without thinking about it. I called the fire department to remove it for me ....My husband was the assistant fire chief so I had great service!

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    1. Janet,
      So, they don't stink very long. That explains it. Thankfully, I do not live on an ant hill.

      At least you have no backyard to mow.

      The expensive trap was after no traps working. Well, those giant rat traps were too strong for me to set and the glue was not working at all.

      I suppose the snake in the basement moved on. I certainly did nothing to discourage his departure. That is funny that the fire department was there to help. It's great to have a husband to assist, too....lol.

      Thanks for the information and funny story.

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  8. I use to use sticky traps in the room where I made soap to sell. The mice loved to get in and chew the bars while they were curing. One day, I accidently left the door ajar and one of my cats snuck into the production room. House rule: no cats in the soaproom!

    I heard a scraping and scurrying from the soaproom and saw the rule-breaking culprit scared to death and high tailin' it through the house, sticky traps stuck to two of his feet. He was trying to escape his predicament but everywhere he scooted the sound and traps followed - click, click, clicking with every step he took. He never went into the soap room again.

    Do you have any cats at your house?

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    1. Sue,
      I coughed until I figured out I have plenty of chest congestion left! I can just picture that and hear the cat clicking through the house.

      I went to my friend's house for a Christmas party and tried not to look to horrified when there were mouse traps all over the kitchen table and counters. She assured me the traps were new from the package and on the table to keep her cats off. It seems they had encountered traps before.

      I can see how the sticky traps were even more useful to keep the cat out.

      No, I am allergic to cats. The neighbor's cats go in the crawl space which is where I believe they enter the house.

      Still laughing.

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