Thursday, June 02, 2011

It's Alive!

After calling the second exterminator, the only pest activity in my house has been seven-billion ants. Even my husband got involved and bought some ant traps because they've been that bad. Before I get ahead of myself, I will tell you about the second exterminator.

The second company was a recommendation of a guy who came highly recommended. This time, two guys show up and do a thorough inspection of my house. I watched the whole thing, very curious about the problem and wanting to learn as much as I can. The two of them crawled in places I would never go and definitely looked around.

What they determined is that I don't have an infestation. All of the evidence they found was of previous inhabitants and that there were no current rats in my house. There was no logical explanation of what I was seeing in the way of the eaten avocado without any droppings. They were perplexed and didn't even try to sell me their services because they didn't think they would be successful in helping me any more than the previous company.

In the course of the inspection, they pulled out my refrigerator, behind which we found a bunch of droppings. Rather than put it away, I asked them to leave it out and that small service was worth the $50 they charged to come out. I cleaned behind it, on top of it and around it. That thing sparkled.

While it was out, I noticed a little something on the back side:

It was a ribbon coming out of the back of my fridge. I tugged it. And tugged it. And that damned thing didn't budge. I finally got out the screw driver and took part of the back of my fridge off to find this:

Look at how long that thing is! Some rat had made a nest in my fridge motor with that thing! Even still, I saw nothing.

Fast forward to tonight. It's late. I stayed up to watch the end of the Manchurian Candidate when it occurred to me that the critter might be out and about at this time of night. I snuck back into the kitchen and flipped on the light to find a giant rat on my kitchen counter. I just cleaned it!

I started to get freaked out, having finally confirmed my worst suspicion that a rat was living again/still in my kitchen and stunned at the thought of now what? The rat surely had the same idea and I don't know if it was more afraid of me than I of it. I screamed, just like in the movies, and it ran behind my refrigerator.

Now what?


Anonymous said...

Go to Home Depot buy a $3.50 rat trap. It's a 6" x 3" plastic trap that is just a super-sized version of a small mouse trap. Put some peanut butter gently on it and set the spring...the next morning your work will be done.

hokgardner said...

I'll tell you what - you and the family move out and burn the house to the ground, because there's no way you can keep living in a house that a rat's been in.

At least that's what I'd do.

ckh said...

I have been setting traps and haven't been catching anything. I'm trying the Rat Zapper next.

Burning my house down has crossed my mind quite a bit, let me tell you!

This has just GOT to stop!

Anonymous said...

I snapped my finger in a rat trap last night. Not fun. :(

I told you to place it gently...FWIW I've done the same thing recently.

One place you may consider putting the trap (if placing it by the fridge on the floor doesn't work):

On the counter top where you saw the bugger earlier.

I had a rat inside an out building and the peanut butter loaded trap sprung while I was setting it...I policed up the peanut butter off the floor and smeared it on a work bench.

I then went into my house to get more peanut butter to re-bait the trap and when I came back the little bastard was eating the smeared peanut butter and just looking at me - NO FEAR at all...

I reset the trap, came back in an hour and I got the sum bitch. Hang in there they've got a brain the size of a bee-bee for a reason. You'll get em.