2015-12-14

Christmas rats



Yesterday I was planning on posting about all the yummy candy
I am making for Yule Eve, for the finale of Professor Z's Gothimas.
But in the middle of the night I heard a loud sound coming from the kitchen
and when the little head peaked out under the stove I wasn't even surprised.
We have rats.

It was really just a matter of time, living in the countryside like we do.
For 10 years our kitties have done a great job patrolling the perimeter
and the worst we've had to deal with have been a couple of mice.
 
Needless to say, I don't feel like cooking or baking anything in our kitchen
at the moment. My man is picking up some traps and I am scrubbing the house.
So, all I have to share today is a picture of our tree:






I wish you all an infestation free Yule.




 




38 kommentarer:

  1. Så fint med lila tema!

    Hoppas råttsituationen löser sig :S

    SvaraRadera
  2. Am I imagining these rats cuter than they really are? Probably! I hope the problem is quickly solved! The tree looks lovely!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It's kinda sad because they are pretty cute. The problem is that once they nest they can make up to 1000 babies in one year - and they carry many diseases that can affect humans. On the other hand, I live with cats and dead rodents are part of the circle of life in the countryside.

      Radera
  3. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear you have an infestation, and do hope it's sorted out soon so you can continue your delicious cooking.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I am really hoping it's just a lone wolf rat or two so far, and that we can stave off an infestation. But I've read some horror stories about walls and floors having to torn out to get to the problem...

      Radera
  4. :( Not fun. On the flip side, that tree is absolutely beautiful!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, dear Professor - and thank you for hosting!

      Radera
  5. Yuck! You'll have to find where they're entering the house and close that up or you'll have to keep putting down traps cause they'll keep coming in. Love your purple star and lovely tree! Have a Merry Christmas, Mis!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Well, the problem is we live in a 150-year-old cottage. There are holes and cracks EVERYWHERE.
      You have a Merry Yule too!

      Radera
  6. Oh no! I hope the traps do the trick! Wishing you a rat-free Christmas!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, I have loaded the traps with goodies and am now cautiously hoping for a *SMACK!* from the kitchen...

      Radera
  7. Rats are constantly trying to take up residence in our home. We must be diligent with the traps. Last fall we covered all holes outside leading in with wire mesh using our staple gun. Our problem is loads better.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Rat problems have multiplied in Sweden over the last decade, so I think we just have to learn to be more vigilant.

      Radera
  8. I am so glad we are a rat-free province. And when we moved out of the Gothic Mansion, with it's millions of tiny holes where the mice could get in, I was so happy to be moving into a brand new house where I hoped I'd never see a mouse again unless it was outside. Guess what? I heard that oh-so-familiar scratching coming from our bathroom in the middle of the night last week. That little bugger must be very clever - a whole week and we still haven't caught him. I now suspect he's living in the youngest's bedroom, as there's an endless supply of old food in there to keep him happy. He could live in that pile of clothes on the floor for years and never be found. ;)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Sweden didn't use to have many rats up until a decade ago. Apparently they started hitching rides across waters and bridges, and then stopped freezing to death in winter time (since the green house effect with very mild winters).
      Then last year, civilians were prohibited from buying and using rat poison at their own discretion - and now we have an epidemic :(

      Radera
  9. Oh, sorry to hear you have new neighbors. As you said, that´s countryside life... I know well, there used to be mice around my grandma house once in a while, as she lived in a charming place by the forest. But well, that happens sometimes. I wish the best of the lucks with the hunt, dear. I am sure the cats will make their best to help.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Actually, my boy cat was sitting in the middle of the kitchen, staring at the trash bin looking a bit scared just now...

      Radera
  10. Your tree is beautiful! I'm so sorry about the rats and hope you are rid of them soon. *hug*

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! Me too, I am too grossed out to even hang out in the kitchen right now :(

      Radera
  11. While I am really sorry to hear about the infestation, I can't help but feel a little sad about the deaths of rats-- love those little critters...

    I have an ant infestation here our apartment, nothing the cats can do-- and I am horribly horribly allergic to ant bites, meaning I sleep, sit and walk with the utmost paranoia.

    At least you have a really beautiful tree up. I haven't put a single festive thing up =/

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It is a bit sad, but they are so very destructive, and can be dangerous to one's heath. I'm sorry to hear about the ants, hope you figure out the situation too!

      Radera
  12. Oh my! Poor thing.

    Lovely tree though :)

    SvaraRadera
  13. Oh no, rats in the kitchen are horrible! I keep my fingers crossed that you get rid of the infestation easily!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Right?! They have been gnawing behind the oven for a couple of days now, and I'm afraid they've broken something :(

      Radera
  14. I hope your rats are gone quickly. I read in a book about an old Scottish custom wherein one composes a song extolling the many culinary delights available at the neighbor's house and giving direction to the rats on how to get there. I do this in my head when I see them here. It might not work, but it's amusing. The tree is so lovely.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Hah, that's funny :) Not sure they would listen though, since they don't even seem to be scared off by the cats...

      Radera
  15. Rats! (Sorry for the pun).

    I will say what I said in my FB comment: Faster pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yeah, it's the first time I've been happy about all the stray cats around here.

      Radera
  16. What you might need, actually:

    http://vraiefiction.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/pied-piper-of-hamelin.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I was always fascinated by that story too!

      Radera
  17. Such a pretty tree! And gahhh rats!!! It's like the only macabre animal that I don't like. I don't know why, they just look kinda gross to me. I feel the same way about monkeys lol.

    SvaraRadera
  18. I know this is no laughing matter, but I still must say that your final sentence, your holiday wishes, are the most hilarious and practical of this season. Thank you. I wish your holiday infestation to be taken care of before the year's end.

    SvaraRadera
  19. I hope your home's infestation ends as soon as possible! :) And have a lovely Yule!

    SvaraRadera
  20. O_O humm... Sorry you have unwelcome visitors - maybe they only wanted a cozy place during christmas?

    SvaraRadera

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