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I learnt something too. We have rats! Not deliberately I might add, no, they just scared the bejaysus out of Miss Boo and me the other afternoon. I had put washing out on the line - first time this year - and it was time to get it in before it got dark. I went down the steps into the garden and Miss Boo stayed in the house. The door was open so she stood by it to wait for me to come back up the steps. As I climbed something whizzed past her so she asked if I had thrown something. I shook my head, the steps requiring all my breath to climb them, and as I got to the door so the rat jumped out of the little shed and scurried underneath it. I screamed, which came as a surprise to her and me, she screamed, I jumped in through the door and shut and locked it.
"Grandpa, there was a HUGE rat" she told him the next morning when she popped in on her way to school, "You'll have to get poison or a gun"
He chose the poison because getting a gun would take such a long time and the forms to fill in are horrendous.
The instructions say that you put the stuff in a place where pets can't get it, check, you make sure you don't get it on your hands CHECK, you should monitor it and if, after seven to ten days it has gane you should put down more.
We monitored it after 24 hours and the container was empty. We refilled it and after 24 hours it was empty. We have refilled it. We are now convinced that the rat has told all his relatives and every rat in a radius of five miles is heading for the new restaurant on our yard. I just hope they don't all go in my cellar to die.
My thanks to Sian at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this little meme to keep me writing