The rodent problem.
Here at Echo Camp, Dos Pos, we share the house with many other beings. Rodents (rat and mouse), big flying bugs, scorpions, lizards, geckos, bats, and a yellow warbler.
The rat is a giant rat I swear, as I’ve never seen one so large. He lives in the general store cupboard. The mouse is miniscule, as mice generally are. He lives in my bedroom I believe. Between them they manage to make chaos in the kitchen at night. This includes throwing stuff off shelves therefore making lots of noise, gnawing through anything and everything, spilling spices and juices all over the shelves, pooing all over the work surfaces, and actually getting us down quite a bit. It’s been an endless battle. We shop once per week for four of us. Our fridge is tiddly, which means we can’t possibly get everything in it and therefore rodent proof.
There’s been mention of putting down traps since I arrived here. Now I am a firm believer that a clean home has no interest for hungry rodents. But our problem here is the expense of water. We therefore have a ‘wash up once per day rule ‘. This means that there are always mountains of filthy pots, pans and cutlery. Yum yum say the rodents. So if there wasn’t this constant supply of easy pickings, would the rodents be giving us such a hard time. I don’t think so. So, the idea of inviting them in for a free meal and then killing them is something I can never condone. However, a few days ago I gave up my argument and accepted nobody wanted to hear it.
The traps didn’t work though. I was secretly relieved. Last night we returned to Dos Pos in the dark. Mango knew the giant rat was in the kitchen immediately. She raced in there and fast as lightening she had him. Clenched those strong rottweiler jaws down and Mr giant rat was no more. I knew he had to go. And what a way to go. Mango did not then attempt to eat him. She was gentle with the corpse. It almost seemed she respected him. I know I’m anthropomorphising. But you know, I think they’ve been battling for an awfully long time.
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