Rats Are Destructive Creatures
Rats are scary
That rats are destructive can be seen from the following, which is something I found on the Inherent, and I quote:
Incredibly, the eerie remains of a ship the same 295-ft length was recently found washed up on a Californian beach — and investigators thought it was the mystery boat.
"This ship is thought to have been taken over by hordes of cannibal rats.
"So, imagine this giant ship full of these ravenous hordes of cannibal rats appearing on your local beach right where you live," said one expert in the Science Channel programme. End of quote
Now the following is my story
One of the many rat species that exist in the world
Another struggle in our lives
Welcome to our article (81) Rats are destructive creatures
Dear readers, our lives are full of all sorts of surprises, some are good, some are not so good, and some are so nasty that will make us struggle to solve that particular problem; one of these nasty straggle is just happening to me, these days, so, let me tell you what it is, because it might be useful to know to some of us that may end in the same position, as I am.
What I am going to talk about here is about rats; I believe that rats are everywhere in the world, there are many types of rats. Most times people are terrified from rats, because history tells us that they are destructive, they can even be aggressive and they can bring some nasty disease to us, but never the less some people keep them as pets, because there are some species of rats that are easy to train and cheap to keep, if we compare them to other pets. But a rat for pet is not for me, especially after what has happened to me recently, so, let me tell you my story.
Now, this is a true story that I am going to tell you, since it has happened to me recently, in fact I could even say that it is still happening right now, since I am still working to find a permanent solution to this rat’s problem. To tell you the truth, we knew that there could have been rats in the backyard, because we have a macadamia tree in the backyard, and we find these nuts with a whole in their side, and the nut-shell is empty. Then, one of our neighbours used to have chickens in their backyard, and rats are attracted to the chicken smell and their food. Also, this neighbour and another neighbour in the back don’t have much lawn, but they let everything grow wild in their yards, so, there is too much overgrown plants, for the rats to eat and to hide easily, anyhow this is the set-up of how things stand; now let me tell you what has happened.
Knowing that there could be rats, we were careful and would keep the door on the ground floor most times closed, because if the rats were walking about could come straight in, but that was not enough to avoid the rats assault, because one night they found their way in through the window, so, they made a mess in the downstairs room, which we use as a rumpus-room, storage room and other things, anyhow, we had some tomatoes and they went through them, biting and eating some of them. They also were taking them away from the container and carrying them closer to the window, as if they wanted to take them out with them, or for their own safety reason, so that they could run out through the window, if somebody would turn up suddenly. Now that is not all, because what happens next is unbelievable, as I am going to describe here-under, in night work of a devilish rat.
The macadamia nut tree in my backyard looks nice as it is.
The macadamia nut shells that the rats have eaten
Night work of a devilish rat
Now, I should say that what has happened next has shocked me, if this event had happened to somebody else, I would not have believed it. So, let me tell you what happened, just the way it has happened. Okay, I know that the rats come in through the window, so, if I put something else that makes the window more secure the problem could be solved. So, I bought some fly screen mash and installed it in these two windows of this room downstairs. So, I thought that I had solved the rat problem for good, but it was not so. Because one of these rats that were coming in at night, it found a way how to chew the fly screen mesh and got in the room again. This time it didn’t chew the tomato, but it was taking away some broad beans one by one, while we were sleeping upstairs. Anyhow, this rat became too bold and one evening came in the room while we were still in the room.
Now what is going to follow next, may make you think that I am a violent and sadistic person, but I am not, because in own way I think that what I did was what needed to be done, but let me tell you what I did. Anyhow, the rat came in, so, I looked around for something that I could hit this rat to scare it or kill it, but as you know rats are very fast, so it got away easily, by hiding in the room somewhere.
Anyhow, I left the room downstairs and went upstairs, hoping that it would come out soon enough, but it didn’t, because when I came back to check on it later that evening, I didn’t see it.
So, I thought will see what happens tomorrow and I went to bed. That night was one of those nights that I will remember for a long time, because at about two o’clock in the morning there was this scratching noise in the wooden floor and some walls partitions, this noise, made me think about the rat and went to check on it.
I believe that what happened was this, when the rat came out again, after eating a few things wanted to get out, but there wasn’t any easy way out, because we had moved the curtain to one side of the window and closed the window, who could have thought that rats are so nasty, when they think they are caught?
Anyhow, this rat that we had left inside our downstairs room was very nasty, because once it realized that he/she could not get out of the window, it did the following. Beside the window there are some shelves, where we keep some books on it, so, it went on the books and from this position, it made a hole in the gypsum plaster cornice, (gypsum is a substance like chalk that is used to make plasterboard and other things), I was very upset, because it caused this damage, at the same time I could not believe it, and was wondering how clever and destructive can these rats be? I felt also that it was stupid of me, I had to make sure that there was a way out for the rat, but then again, and what about if more rats would come in? What a dilemma? Rats can make our life miserable, look at how much more work I must do, just to make sure that these rats don’t come in, so, I am thinking of how to defend ourselves from these rats.
Rat hole in ceiling cornice
Thinking how to defend ourselves from rats.
Thinking how to defend ourselves from rats.
As, I have said, we need to find a way, how to defend ourselves from these rat pests. We should start by closing all doors and windows, whenever it is possible to keep them closed, but, when it is too hot that is not always possible. So, we should make all sorts of barriers that can stop the rats coming into our houses. I know that it is not going to be easy, because as we have seen, some of these rats are very clever and can find their way in and out again, unless it is a solid barrier that is not easy to chew.
Anyhow, even putting a fly screen in the windows might work, if the rats have not yet been inside and don’t know that there are things that they like to eat. I am saying this because of what has happened to me, as I have written above in this article. Otherwise, you should think about something else, or perhaps have a cat, some cats are good at catching mouses and rats, it is their inborn instinct to catch them, because that is how they survive in the wild, so it could work, but not all the time, todays cats are becoming lazy, because they are continually fed from us humans, by doing that we spoil the cat and we lose their usefulness.
But whatever happens, we must not let the rats eat away our food and damage out houses, it would be silly if we do. In my case, I am going to work out all sorts of barriers to stop them, perhaps I should use a mouse trap to catch them, but the rat trap does not work well, as I have found out, I set the rat-trap up the rat somehow was so clever that has eaten the food without springing the trap. Of course, there is also rat poison to consider, but I don’t like to go that way.
Anyhow, today I am thinking to build any sort of barrier that I can think of. Perhaps I should cut down my macadamia tree and talk to the neighbour about this rat problem, in the hope that they would do something about it. And then, keep my fingers crossed for good luck.
I believe that this article is long enough, so, I should let it go, even if I can think of something else to say.
So, see you in our next article, whatever that will be.
This is a Rat trap that could be set to catch the rat
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