Tuesday, November 29, 2011

One Less Rat

Well I just had an interesting experience. Lisa just handed me the metal rack that goes in the bottom of the big turkey roasting pan and asked me to go put it with the roasting pan that we keep in the garage. We only use that big roasting pan at Christmas and Thanksgiving. I walked into the garage and there in the middle of the floor was a big rat. He was a good ten inches long (not counting his tail) and he just sat there looking at me. Normally these animals clear out the instant the door opens so I figure this guy must have helped himself to some of that poison I left out there a couple of days ago. Dixie and Mark recommended that I use "Tom Cat" and the first day I put it out nothing touched it. I figure it was because the container was designed for a small mouse. I broke open the package and left the block of poison out and all four of them were gone the next day. 

So there we were, me and the rat staring each other down. If I had my shoes on I would have tried to step on him but I wasn't going to do that in my stocking feet. Finally I realized that I had a sturdy metal rack in my hands so I just slammed the rack on top of the rat and held him there nice and tight until he quit trying to wiggle. It's a strange feeling squeezing the life out of another living being with your bare hands but any time I started to waiver I just had to think of my furnace and there was no way that rat was leaving my garage alive. 

Finally I tentatively lifted up the rack and picked the body up and dumped it in a shopping bag. I was sorely tempted to take a picture of him for the blog but that seemed a little too morbid. Now I have to scrub the rack with scalding soap and water before Lisa will even let me put it in the dishwasher. I think if it was up to her we would throw it out. I also have to disinfect myself before she will let me in bed with her tonight. I've also been told that she's not going in the garage for some time. 

Oh well, we have one less rat in the garage.

A rat can tread water for three days and survive a fifty foot fall unharmed.


Lisa said...

I'm still shuddering and I think I will have nightmares tonight.

Kira said...

OK ... there is no way I'm going in the garage at all when I come home. Period!!!

Lynn said...

*Ewwww!! I am with Lisa. Throw that pan out!

P.S. okay.....here goes... Good for you Fred for slaying the dragon.

Seriously, this was a hard read. I can not even imagine being anywhere near a rat. I faint at the sight of a mouse. Even a pink baby one.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

Dad, that was so gross! 10 inches... I would have FREAKED out. So would Trevor, so good for you. I am with mom too. I would want that thing disinfected or thrown out haha

Peter and Mandy said...

Okay yeah totally morbid just reading that you enjoyed killing the rat. The poor thing suffered. I'm all up for the traps-snap and they're dead. They don't even know what hit them. Hey why don't you just keep Tom out there...I bet your rat problems would all go away then.