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Rats? Rats! [Dec. 28th, 2014|10:08 am]
Tony Grist
Pitter-patter, pitter-patter, clump!

It's coming from the attic or the gutter. And it's right above our bedroom. I can't think of anything that would be making a noise like that apart from rats. It's too heavy-footed for mice, too scrabbly for pigeons.

Damn and blast.

We're taking steps.

1. I've moved the bird feeder away from the house. It attracts the rats. My mother keeps asking where it's gone.  And then why we've moved it. "Now there's nothing for me to look at".

Just like a sulky kid!

Ailz has bought an ultrasonic rodent repellor to put in the attic

And I'm about to go out and swing a scythe at the heather beds that give them cover.

[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2014-12-28 12:41 pm (UTC)
Squirrels? Not that that's much better.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-12-28 01:51 pm (UTC)
Could be. We do have squirrels around.
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From: artkouros
2014-12-28 02:51 pm (UTC)
I doubt that the ultrasonic thingy will help. I put out humane traps set with peanut butter and birdseed, which seems to be irresistible. I catch as many squirrels as rats, and I drive them about a mile away to the local elementary school which has a wooded area with a creek next door. It's a nice way to get to know your vermin.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-12-28 03:48 pm (UTC)
Maybe we'll have to do that. I resist the idea of poison.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2014-12-28 05:05 pm (UTC)
When they're upstairs (roof and/or gutters) here in Philly, my first thought is squirrels. Which are basically rats with fluffy tails but more arboreal.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-12-28 05:19 pm (UTC)
It might be either. We have both in the garden.
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From: cmcmck
2014-12-29 08:47 am (UTC)
I'd also guess at squirrels.

They're buggers for a warm spot in a loft.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-12-29 10:20 am (UTC)
Yes, but...

I've never seen a squirrel close to the house. The rats, on the other hand, have been climbing the walls and scuttling along gutters.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2014-12-29 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh rays! That is a problem.
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