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March 23, 2014 / diannegray

I smell a rat

I’ve always been very careful not to leave any food out no matter where I live. Not only is this because I like a clean house, but I despise rats and mice. They carry nasty things like Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis). 

Some people may think they’re cute and others may be surprised to know there actually ARE creatures that I prefer dead rather than alive. My brother-in-law told me yesterday that he had found a rat in the house next door to us on the farm. This surprised me because their house is as clean and sterile as a hospital. But he thinks they’ve come out due to the weather – loads of rain and then loads of sunshine.

This morning I woke up to find something had enjoyed my avocado and banana. YUCK!
Rats!Now the traps are set and I’m tooling up to go to war with this menace.

When I looked at this photo, I remembered I should have shown you the bar I have now finished. When we got the RUC the bar was covered in blue laminate. I ripped off the laminate and sanded and polished the wood below. It was a big job because the bar is 3.5 metres (or 11.5 feet) long. I’m pretty proud of it!

*As an update to my last post – the website that was giving away my books has now shut down. I’m not sure if it was because of this post or if there were other complaints made (YAY to the power of social media!).

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  1. JackieP / Mar 23 2014 12:16 pm

    I do know rats love fruit. Yuck indeed! The bar looks awesome! Lots of hard work, but well worth it Dianne. And thank goodness that website is down!

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 12:42 pm

      I was pretty happy when I checked it this morning and it was gone – not so happy when I saw my fruit – LOL 😀

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      • JackieP / Mar 23 2014 1:08 pm

        I do not like rats or mice! That’s why I have two indoor cats….lol

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      • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:12 pm

        We have some cats but they don’t come in the house (I’m allergic to their fur, unfortunately – otherwise the’d be in the kitchen on guard duty) 😀

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Mar 23 2014 12:32 pm

    Great news about the book website. NOT great news about the rat. Eww!

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 12:47 pm

      I’m hoping they did what I did and Googled themselves, only to find my blog post (I put them in the search tags) LOL 😀

      Rats – I can’t stand them, I’d rather have a snake in the house 😉

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      • Carrie Rubin / Mar 23 2014 2:30 pm

        Oh, jeez, I’d take the rat over the snake. Hisssssss….

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      • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:21 pm

        LOL 😀 The rats here are pretty big and aggressive – it’ a tough decision which yucky creature is worse 😉 If I had to be in a room with either a python or a rat, I’d probably choose the python…

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  3. nrhatch / Mar 23 2014 12:39 pm

    I hope you catch that rat before he helps himself to any more of your fruit ~ that would be a disconcerting sight first thing in the morning.

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 12:49 pm

      I was horrified. I threw the lot away (even the ‘untouched’ fruit) – it’s not worth even touching anything they’ve been near or around. Yucky! 😦

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  4. avwalters / Mar 23 2014 12:39 pm

    Great looking bar! And to think someone covered it with laminate! Those rodents of yours have great tastes. Good luck with the trapping. (What, no cat around?)

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 12:51 pm

      They have cats next door and I’ve actually seen a few ‘bits and pieces’ of vermin in the yard – so they’re certainly doing their job 😀

      I’m glad you like the bar – I can’t believe they covered it either! What a waste of beautiful wood.

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  5. Sissym / Mar 23 2014 12:42 pm

    It is never good to have rats around. You really need to end before others come over.

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 12:53 pm

      I’m certainly going to put an end to it. They won’t be bringing their friends over for a play 😀

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  6. John / Mar 23 2014 1:17 pm

    Amen to that website going down, Dianne. I hope you set big rat traps and catch the guilty party.

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:13 pm

      LOL – You definitely got the gist of this post, John! 😀

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  7. Ruth Rainwater / Mar 23 2014 1:55 pm

    Glad that website went down. Rats and mice are yucky, even though some people like having them as pets. Hope you get rid of them.

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:15 pm

      Me too, Ruth. In the tropics they’re as big as cats (sometimes bigger) and they can be aggressive. A friend of mine up the road was bitten on the elbow by one when he was in bed asleep one night. What a nightmare! Yikes! I hate the things…

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      • Ruth Rainwater / Mar 24 2014 12:21 pm

        Remind me to never move to the tropics!!

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      • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 3:53 pm

        LOL! It does have it’s advantages. Huge flowers, fresh air, sunshine and loads of greenery. It’s just that the critters grow bigger as well 😉

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  8. Pagadan / Mar 23 2014 2:15 pm

    Yikes! That is tummy turning. But your bar is beautiful! It’s amazing that there was wood underneath the laminate; and it looks like it was a challenging project.

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:17 pm

      It was a big challenge, Joy. I sanded and varnished it about eight times. Each time it became more beautiful. It was great exercise! I don’t now why they laminated it, but I’m glad they did because it had no marks or scratches on it 😀

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  9. Photos With Finesse / Mar 23 2014 2:18 pm

    Need to setup a wildlife cam. 😀

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  10. Amy Reese / Mar 23 2014 3:13 pm

    The bar looks absolutely gorgeous, Dianne. Yuck on the rats! Oh, I hate them too. My sister had a problem with them once. I’ll never forget the photos she had of them. They were huge suckers and could outsmart the traps. Good luck with it. I’m glad to hear that website was removed. Oh, what a relief!

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:26 pm

      I saw a program on rats one night and it was SOOOO interesting. They are extremely intelligent and very difficult to get rid of one they settle into a place. They have an entire hierarchy where the lower rats eat any food they find, if they’re still alive after a few days the rats up the scale will eat it until it goes all the way to the top. The only way you can effectively get rid of them is to feed them for about a month and then put poison in the food when you have their trust. I tried this once and it actually worked. Traps get the first few, but then the others know and avoid them – it’s kind of scary how smart they are.

      The bar is a showstopper – I’ll have to get a better picture of it. It was a lot of work but well worth it 😀

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  11. artfulanxiety / Mar 23 2014 3:38 pm

    Bench looks gorgeous. I love it. And, how rude! You’d think that those pesky little things would at least finish their meal!

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:31 pm

      LOL – don’t you just hate it when they half of something and leave the rest? 😆

      We have the same problem with the fruit trees – the fruit bats come in, take a bite out of one piece of fruit and go to the next – thoughtless!

      I’m glad you like the bench. It was great exercise and ended up looking spectacular 😀

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  12. moderndayruth / Mar 23 2014 4:01 pm

    Oh, dear… nooo!!! The table is beautiful though! And i love the knitted linen (don’t know the exact word in English, we call it ‘milleau’) beneath the fruits, so chic!

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:11 pm

      We call them doilies (funny name) – I have them everywhere. I guess it’s a habit I got from my mother and grandmother because they used to make them 😀

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  13. ramblingsfromamum / Mar 23 2014 4:03 pm

    Ok I like mice, well I won’t go cuddle them, but I would rather them than rats, so pleased you do kill some vermin! The bench/bar is gorgeous, you should be proud, who in their right mind would cover that with bloody laminate??

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:35 pm

      I have no idea why they covered it in laminate, but I’m kind of glad they did because it had no scratches on it whatsoever (until hubby decided to ‘help’ – he’s good with the big manly things but not something that takes a finer hand) 😆

      I’m sure the mice you’re talking about are a lot cuter than the monster rats we have here – they can get as big as cats and they’re pretty aggressive. This is war as far as I’m concerned 😀

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Mar 23 2014 6:01 pm

        Aaaaatention! The Gray Army is out, waging war against the cat rats. Yes sometimes our men folk aren’t the most delicate of creatures. 😉

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      • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 6:42 pm

        LOL – he’s banned from sanding and estapoling – poor dear…

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  14. Jenny Ackland / Mar 23 2014 4:25 pm

    Gorgeous bar Dianne, but sorry about the rat. Hope you catch it soon. And looks like your other avo was untouched? I hope so…

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 5:55 pm

      The other avo was untouched, Jenny 😀 I think I know where it got in and I’ve blocked it off. Now I just have to wait, but I’m pretty sure they wont be back if I’m a little more careful with the placement of my fruit! 😉

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  15. davidprosser / Mar 23 2014 5:11 pm

    At least you r visitor is showing good taste even if he wasn’t invited to the party. I hope you manage to catch it soon.
    I hesitate to mention I kept pet rats and they’re wonderful, bright, friendly and full of mischief. They certainly had the measure of the cat.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 6:05 pm

      Rats are extremely intelligent creatures, David. There is no way you can destroy an entire colony of them (short of an atomic bomb). They have a very sophisticated hierarchy and are truly an amazing creature. Having said that – the rats we get here are hugs (cat size) and they’re aggressive. If they’re in the house at night you can be just about sure they’ll bite you while you’re in bed (it’s happened to a friend of mine). I’ve seen the pet rats people keep and they are cute, but a very distant cousin to the creatures I’m going to war with here 😉

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  16. EllaDee / Mar 23 2014 5:12 pm

    It’s probably because you have a nice clean house such a nice selection of goodies displayed so enticingly that the rat chose to dine there. I hate the thought of it… eeeewwww. We quite often leave fruit, avocado in bowls on the bench; I never considered what a delicious temptation it would be from a rodent’s POV. I doubt the rodent visitor stopped to admire the surface it was eating off but it is very nice. You are a gun hand with a sander 😉

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 6:10 pm

      Because we have so much fruit on the trees here I often have a bowl on the bench. Now I’ll be keeping it in the fridge 😉

      Silly rodent should have noticed my beautiful bench and not stomped all over it – he was probably looking at his reflection in the shiny surface 😀

      I can out-sand the best of them at ten paces (and I have about five sanders as well, I must be a gun) 😆

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  17. Roy McCarthy / Mar 23 2014 5:15 pm

    Funny, I always associate rats with sewers and big cities, but I guess they must have rural cousins that prefer the country life. The bar is great – I can just see the beer glasses banging down on it, a harassed bartender trying to keep it clean. What wood is it?

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 6:33 pm

      I have no idea what wood it is, Roy. I’ve even had some friends who know their timber look at it and they’re not even sure. So it may not be a ‘local’ wood. My friends think it may be Golden Ash, but they’re just guessing. It’s all one piece (about 3/4 inch thick) so probably heavy as hell. There are two more of them that came with the house (covered in the blue laminate) but they were moved into the shed very early on. Once I saw what this one was like I got pretty excited about the others and want to see if they’re just as spectacular. Maybe if I take a close-up of the grain someone online might be able to identify it for me.

      The country rats are they type you don’t want to mess with. They’re the inbred aggressive second cousins to those polite city rats 😀

      On a side note: A friend of mine (who is a sceptic) was here the other day having coffee when she said she felt a hand squeeze her arm (reassuringly). It was really odd because she has no idea about any of the goings on here. She told me it happened and then didn’t want to talk about it anymore because it surprised her so much. When she left I asked her if she was okay and she said the caress on the arm seemed to be reassuring, but freaky. She’s the first one (that I know of besides me) this has happened to. Now I’m trying to figure out why it was her and not others who know about it and come here to see if ‘anything happens’.

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  18. the eternal traveller / Mar 23 2014 5:31 pm

    I clicked Like for the demise of the scam website and also for your beautiful bar. We do need more photos of it…

    I hope your unpleasant visitors are dealt with soon.

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 6:37 pm

      I’m glad you liked the bar (and the demise of the website) 😀

      The rats are a different kettle of fish altogether and will be dealt with accordingly 😉

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  19. Bonnie / Mar 23 2014 5:36 pm

    The bar is gorgeous – beautiful wood, it is hard to believe that got covered up with laminate, but it’s interesting what is considered ‘in’ at different points in time. I am glad you discovered and restored that natural look! Now, the rats, omg. I just want to walk around the room with my fingers in my ears, my eyes closed and saying: la la blah blah la blah..and just pretend there are no rats. But your idea is much better – the war is on and my bets are on you! You can just tell us though, when they are caught. I don’t think we need photos.. 😀

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 6:41 pm

      No photo’s Bonnie – I don’t want to give you nightmares 😉

      The wood is absolutely magnificent and I’m really glad they laminated it because it kept it protected for many years (reminds me of people who leave the plastic on sofas!)

      The RUC came with two more of these bars, so I’m looking forward to seeing if they end up as nice as this one (although unfortunately they may have to relegated to the ‘man cave’ due to lack of space upstairs for another bar) 😀

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  20. DaydreamsInWonderland / Mar 23 2014 6:39 pm

    That bar looks so inviting. I hope you catch the little critter, though. I’d instantly have a cat in there. That way, the little furry banana/avocado thief wouldn’t last very long…

    & P.S. So happy that site got shut down!! Yay for that!!

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    • diannegray / Mar 23 2014 6:47 pm

      I’d love to have a cat here, but unfortunately their fur makes me sneeze and my eyes itch 😦 There are two cats in the main house next door and I’ve seen a few ‘bits and pieces’ of rodents lying around the back door in the mornings when I go to feed them (I’m looking after the cats at the moment while MIL and FIL are in Brissy. I always praise the cats when I see this and they puff their chests out meow very loudly as if they know I’m happy with them 😀 Too cute…

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / Mar 23 2014 7:03 pm

        Aww. 😦 Allergies are such a pain in the butt. I get them from tree pollen.
        lol @ rodent bits, though. That made me chuckle. I try to sympathize with the little pesky rodents, I really do – but like you, I see them as little disease carriers.

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  21. Theo Fenraven / Mar 23 2014 7:41 pm

    I’ve dealt with rats twice, and both times, it was traumatic. The first instance was in a chicken coop; we resorted to “natural means,” which drove them out of the coop and into the house. We immediately resorted to poison.The next time, I was living in a duplex, and the rat had found its way upstairs and chewed a hole in the bathroom wall. It was stealing the dog’s food and stashing it under a skirted chair. I used a trap for that one. Pet rats are interesting, but the uninvited ones must go away or die.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 6:50 am

      The uninvited ones are very rude indeed, Theo – they can chew their way through anything and nest in the most inappropriate places. If they come back here, they will surely die.

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      • Theo Fenraven / Mar 24 2014 8:53 am

        And that’s only right. 🙂 Rats are not welcome guests in most homes, nor should they be.

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  22. Rebecca Bradley / Mar 23 2014 8:02 pm

    I wouldn’t be happy when I saw that fruit either. It happens though. I hope you catch your rodent problem.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 6:52 am

      You have to nip it in the bud early, otherwise they invite their friends to the party. I’ve tried to ensure this one won’t be back but if it is, it’s days are numbered 😉

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  23. kford2007 / Mar 23 2014 10:02 pm

    That bar is beautiful!!! As to wild rats and mice, it’s a shame to kill these critters but you can’t have them in your house. It also wouldn’t do any good to get live traps and let them go somewhere else because its open nature where you are. Too bad you can’t have a talk with them and tell them to move. It’s not cool to have them in your house, that’s for sure.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:01 am

      We have native rats here, Jenny and those ones I would leave alone (and I’ve never seen one come in the house). They have a white tail and they usually eat chickens in the chicken coup (they’re very big!). The introduced rats are the ones that will come in the house looking for food. My main aim is to deter them (I’d love to have a chat with one! lol) but if I can’t deter them they’ve got to go, unfortunately for them .

      I’m so glad you like the bar. I was surprised it came up so well because I thought they had laminated it due to the fact that it was inferior wood – but it seems that’s not the case at all 😀

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  24. starproms / Mar 23 2014 11:57 pm

    Whatever it was has done a pretty good job of demolishing your fruit bowl! Love the worktop bar. It look spectacular. Well done. Must have taken you ages. I’m now off to read about your books being given away…

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:03 am

      The bar was a lot of work, but it was really worth it in the end. I love a project that produces such a stunning effect 😉

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  25. Corner of Confessions / Mar 24 2014 12:30 am

    I have never tried this, but i heart peppermint extract is a natural deterrent for mice and rats. Once they smell it they would never return to the area.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:05 am

      YAY – thank you so much!!! I’m certainly going to try it. I just love a natural deterrent or remedy (and peppermint smells beautiful) 😀

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  26. Betty / Mar 24 2014 12:31 am

    I think I would have to move if I woke to find that.

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  27. Letizia / Mar 24 2014 12:52 am

    That photo, ick! (the rat bite not the beautiful kitchen – great looking stove but the way). I had mice in my flat in Paris. I kept a spotless home rest assured but the building was from the 17th C (many generations of mice, haha!) and I lived above a fishmonger and a butcher….. I would lay in bed and hear the mice in the walls (shudder). Ah, student living…

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:13 am

      They tend to make an awful noise in the roof and walls. Half the time you don’t know if it’s someone in the crawly space because you can hear them pushing things around. When we moved into our last house it came with rats and it took me about three months to get rid of them.

      I’m glad you noticed the stove – it’s a beauty. It’s got five gas burners and an electric oven 😀

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  28. tchistorygal / Mar 24 2014 1:05 am

    That is a total yuck! I’m so sorry! We had that problem in Oregon more than here. I had a rat in the garage once. I heard him gnawing on the wall when we were in bed. One day I came home from work, and there he was between two cabinets. I got a shovel and chopped his bared-teeth, claws-up-for-a-fight head off, and left him, apologizing as I did it. My husband came home, saw the blood, and asked what happened. The rat was gone. hmmmm

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:18 am

      Oh dear – you poor thing. I wonder what happened to it? A cat maybe? They can be very aggressive indeed! It’s absolutely horrible having to kill something like that, but they do a lot of damage and carry awful diseases xxx

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      • tchistorygal / Mar 24 2014 1:55 pm

        Probably a cat. I don’t think it got away on its own! My husband was saved from the awful chore of cleaning up my mess!

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  29. sirfelion / Mar 24 2014 2:52 am

    Maybe he will go back into the wild after the rain lets up?

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:22 am

      He hasn’t been back – so I’m hoping that’s the case 😉

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  30. jannatwrites / Mar 24 2014 3:13 am

    Oh my gosh, if that were our house, my husband would be packed up and ready to move – it’s hilarious that he’s so afraid (repulsed?) by rats! I hope you catch the nasty little critter(s). Aside from the half-eaten fruit, the bar looks gorgeous.

    Great news about that website 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:25 am

      Your poor hubby! He’d be out of here in a flash! 😀

      I’m really glad you like the bar – it was a lot of work, but worth it in the end. I’m really happy about the demise of the website – scoundrels they are! xxx

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  31. Jill Weatherholt / Mar 24 2014 4:36 am

    There is nothing cute about a mouse or a rat inside the house. Well, I suppose he/she is health conscious. 🙂 I hope you catch it!
    The bar looks beautiful, Dianne…nice job!

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:26 am

      Thanks so much, Jill. The bar certainly is eye-catching and gets a lot of comments when we have visitors 😀

      Yes – at least the rat has the sense to eat good food 😆

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  32. harulawordsthatserve / Mar 24 2014 5:44 am

    Good luck catching that rat with sophisticated taste buds (avocado would be my choice if I was to steal from that bowl!) and sure, I’m no rodent fan either, though some mice can be pretty cute. Makes me remember a time in Rwanda when my Mum came to visit and arrived to find a large rat looking straight at her from the floor of her bedroom! Beatha, my housemate and helper, killed it with a few swings of the broom – not a pretty site. Luckily my Mum took it all in her stride…but it wasn’t the best welcome! Long may your critter stories continue, in all their forms… Hugs, H xxxx

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:34 am

      Oh dear, Harula – your poor mum! I can actually visualize the scene (it would make a great story or short film!) Beatha sounds like she can really handle herself – well done to Beatha! 😀

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  33. char / Mar 24 2014 5:48 am

    Here’s wishing death to your rat or rats. And good job on the bar. It’s beautiful from what I can see in the picture.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:44 am

      Thanks, Char! I’ll have to get a clearer shot of it (I was too concerned about the rat(s) when I took this one). It’s been all quiet since the fruit bowl incident – maybe the banana and avocado gave them a belly ache 😉

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  34. Janna G. Noelle / Mar 24 2014 6:29 am

    Dianne, I have a mortal fear of rodents. I had a mouse problem in my apartment half a year ago, and it was a very stressful time for me. If I’d woken up to that scene with the fruit, I’d probably have had a panic attack. I’m not even joking; just writing about this is getting me worked up.

    Even setting traps would stress me out because I don’t even like seeing dead rodents (although to be sure, I much prefer them dead than alive), so prevention is always my preferred strategy (i.e. like you, keeping a tidy house, no food out, and also plugging up their points of entry – probably a lot easier to do in an apartment than a house). Wishing you good in exterminating your unwanted guest.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 7:49 am

      I’m hearing you, Janna. You know I absolutely love animals but rodents are my Nemesis and absolutely freak me out.

      Someone pointed out in the comments that rodents hate the smell of peppermint and will not come near it or come back if it’s around. I’m going to try it. I’ve had no problems since the fruit bowl incident, but I’ll be purchasing peppermint extract today and washing the walls and floors with it! 😉

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  35. El Guapo / Mar 24 2014 7:59 am

    Any disturbance to their regular environment can drive rats and mice to new areas.
    Hope you get it soon.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 8:10 am

      There’s been nothing since the ‘fruit bowl incident’ so I’m hoping they’ve found another source of food. They’re very clever creatures 😉

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  36. 1girl4adamwest / Mar 24 2014 10:32 am

    It sure did get full fast! Keep us posted on the traps and good luck!! or shall I say good riddance! LOL

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 3:52 pm

      The little blighter hasn’t been back – but I’m waiting fully equipped LOL – typical, he’ll probably turn up when I’ve dropped my guard 😀

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  37. Minuscule Moments / Mar 24 2014 12:22 pm

    Rats they give me the jitters Dianne and our cats bring them home for gifts ugh! Hope Ratty left for good.

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2014 3:55 pm

      I’ve seen the cats next door delivering them and they are always SO proud of themselves. I would love to have a cat here, but I’m allergic to their fur 😦

      Ratty hasn’t been back so I’m hoping the ‘no fruit on the bench’ policy has worked to keep him away 😉

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  38. Marylin Warner / Mar 24 2014 4:56 pm

    Okay, back to the topic of “unfinished business,” Dianne…rats! When my college roommate got married, her soon-to-be-husband reserved the main lodge of a rustic resort. He and his groomsmen assured her that the lodge would be spotless, waxed to a high gleam, and filled with wonderful flowers. They kept their promise but overlooked a hole in the floor behind the dining room credenza.
    During the reciting of the vows in front of the wonderful fireplace, we heard something fall in the dining room. Rats were on the table and had knocked over the cake!
    No rats. No, no, no.

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    • diannegray / Mar 25 2014 6:41 am

      OH MY! The poor things. That would be just hideous and I’m sure any commenters here that hate rats (like me) would be screaming reading this. What a thing to happen on the wedding day! You’ll need to put this in a story, Marylin. It’s just too good not to share. I hope your college room mate and her partner had a happy marriage after that start! 😉

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  39. Harliqueen / Mar 24 2014 8:41 pm

    Hope the traps help!

    Also, great news to hear about that site! There is some good in the world 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 25 2014 6:46 am

      The little rat hasn’t been back since I removed the fruit bowl 😀

      The site vanishing is excellent – I’m very happy about it 😀

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  40. Jacqui Murray / Mar 25 2014 2:46 am

    That’s awful. Another reason why I stay in CA–no rats. Mice maybe, not even many of those. Not many insects either.

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  41. Billy Ray Chitwood / Mar 25 2014 3:22 am

    Good luck getting rid of the varmints! I share your distaste with the nasty critters! xo

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    • diannegray / Mar 25 2014 6:57 am

      They’re awful Billy Ray – I don’t know many people who actually like having them around unless they’re trained 😉

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  42. Polysyllabic Profundities / Mar 25 2014 3:45 am

    I hope you are winning the battle against the vermin!! I have an interesting home made trap if the old stand-by isn’t working. 😉 The bar looks lovely, by the way!

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    • diannegray / Mar 25 2014 6:59 am

      Oh – what is your home made trap? We get the huge rat traps here, but we have to nail them down otherwise the rats run away with them – eeek! 😉

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  43. Sheila / Mar 25 2014 5:50 am

    Yikes – those are big bites for a rat! Maybe it’s the Easter bunny or some other large creature.

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    • diannegray / Mar 25 2014 7:01 am

      The rats are big 😯 probably the size of the Easter Bunny, Shelia 😉

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  44. agjorgenson / Mar 25 2014 8:57 am

    I grew up in a rat free province, and so am a little freaked by them. So many nasty stories, and so much disease etc. I always thought they liked messy rather than clean space. I have also been told that they are very particular about things not being changed in their environment. Maybe that is why my lovely wife keeps moving our furniture about! Rat patrol!!

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    • diannegray / Mar 25 2014 9:21 am

      They will go anywhere where there is food, Allen. My mistake for leaving the fruit out – I won’t be doing that again. It hasn’t been back and I’m hoping it’s found a new food source to much on! 😀

      PS – I love moving furniture around as well 😉

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  45. jmmcdowell / Mar 25 2014 9:37 am

    I can’t stand mice—I can’t imagine what I’d do if I knew a rat might be in the house! :O Maybe you need to invite a snake in for a few meals? 😉

    So glad to hear that website has been shut down. If only all of the shady ones could be!

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    • diannegray / Mar 25 2014 9:44 am

      This is the reason I don’t mind snakes – at least you know they’re eating the mice and rats! 😉

      I was so relieved that the site was gone when I checked it 😀

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  46. T. W. Dittmer / Mar 25 2014 10:23 am

    Mice don’t bother me, but you do have to be conscious of them.

    Rats, on the other hand, get to me. There are no charitable thoughts in my brain about rats.

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    • diannegray / Mar 26 2014 6:37 am

      There is no room for rats in my house (or my heart) either Tim. This one hasn’t been back so I’m hoping it’s gone to greener pastures (and taken it’s friends with it) 😉

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  47. Britt Skrabanek / Mar 25 2014 12:07 pm

    Dang, Dianne! I was just getting used to the bugs and now you’re laying rats on me? Eww. Total and absolute eww. (Otherwise, yay on the bogus website being shut down!)

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    • diannegray / Mar 26 2014 6:40 am

      Rats are SO totally ewwwww! It hasn’t been back and hopefully never will (now that the fruit is safely tucked away in the fridge) 😉

      I hope your move is going well 😀

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  48. Naomi Baltuck / Mar 26 2014 2:54 am

    Oooh, Dianne. Not the sort of company you want to belly up to your bar (which is beautiful, by the way). My brother was so traumatized when rats found their way into his condo that he had to sell it and move out, even after he had exterminators take care of the problem. I wish you the best of luck. Keep us posted!

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    • diannegray / Mar 26 2014 6:59 am

      I don’t blame your brother for moving out – it’s very difficult to live with rats (or even the thought that they may be hiding there somewhere!)

      My rat hasn’t been back (maybe it read this post – LOL) so I’m hoping it’s found another sugar mama to feed it fruit 😉

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  49. anotherday2paradise / Mar 29 2014 5:58 pm

    Your bar is absolutely awesome! What a great job you did! How dare that yucky rat, trespass upon your beautiful creation? Hope he doesn’t return. I would just freak out if one came near me. 😯

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    • diannegray / Mar 29 2014 5:59 pm

      He hasn’t been back – thank goodness. I removed the temptation (the fruit) and put a cover on the hole I think it may have been getting through 😉

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  50. Hazy Shades of Me / Mar 30 2014 5:12 am

    Eugh! Before even reading, the photo gave me chills. I knew what you were going to say! OMG – I cannot stand rodents.

    When I lived in Ireland, we rented an old house on several acres. Yes, of course the house was infested. The door to the attic was in the ceiling above my bed and my dad would place a plate of poisoned meat just inside of it. I’d go to sleep to the sound of furious scurrying that would slowly become encumbered dragging and the rats died off, one by one.

    Not to stop them though…of course their babies would grow and I’d often pull my covers back to hop into bed, only to find dropping scattered over my sheets. Shudder.

    Your hard work has definitely paid off. The bar looks fantastic and I am so happy that crook of a website is down!

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 5:31 am

      You share my utter dislike of these creatures. I find them abhorrent and the thought of them crawling into your bed made me shudder! YIKES 😦

      This one hasn’t been back. All holes have been covered and no fruit left in the bowl. I’m still watching out for it, but it must know I mean business 😉

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  51. mcwoman / Apr 2 2014 1:31 am

    My sweet little Vinnie takes care of any rodent problem we may encounter, which surprises me because he’s such a shy cat. These intruders bring out the lion in him. Hope you catch the culprit sooner than later. They give me the creeps, too!

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 5:52 am

      I’d love to have a cat in the house, Barb, but unfortunately I’m allergic to their fur 😦 We have two cats next door who often catch rats and mice, so this puts a big smile on my face.

      This rat hasn’t been back yet (thank goodness!). Hopefully he’s found another place to play and eat 😀

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  52. bluebee / Apr 2 2014 1:49 pm

    Beautiful job on the bar – do you know what wood it is?

    Re the rat – did you read that awful news story out of Sweden last week about the giant rat? Ewww

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 2:12 pm

      Yikes! I saw that rat – I hope mine isn’t that big 😯

      I’ve had a couple of people look at the wood on the bar and it’s either birch or ash – not too sure 😉

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  53. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 7 2014 2:48 am

    Ugh. I hate pests. When I lived in the city almost everything open was stored in the fridge for fear of rats.

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    • diannegray / Apr 7 2014 7:19 am

      I keep a lot in the fridge here (even flour and rice in the freezer) because I I absolutely hate pests as well.

      Thankfully, this little rat hasn’t come back and I really hope it stays that way 😉

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  54. lacunakittie / Apr 8 2014 1:05 pm

    That makes for an interesting art piece.

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    • diannegray / Apr 8 2014 1:14 pm

      I should have covered it in plaster and painted it 😉

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      • lacunakittie / Apr 8 2014 1:23 pm

        Well, hopefully there won’t be a next time, but if there is, you’ll have a new project!

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      • diannegray / Apr 8 2014 2:54 pm

        So true! 😀

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  55. dearanonymousfriend / Apr 9 2014 10:45 am

    I hope by time you read this comment, there are rotting rodents in your trash. Ewww…. so very sorry.

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    • diannegray / Apr 9 2014 11:11 am

      They’re yucky little things. Mine hasn’t been back since I moved the food to the fridge – yay 😀

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  56. Piper George / Apr 10 2014 4:57 am

    We don’t have mice anymore thanks to the cat and dog, but when we first moved in there were traps everywhere. Yuck!

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    • diannegray / Apr 10 2014 8:49 am

      I’d love to have a cat, but unfortunately my sinuses don’t agree 😉 This little rat hasn’t been back, but I’m still watching out just in case xxx

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