My Very Own Ratatouille-Rodent Update

 

imagesThis is all so upsetting.  I have the exterminator here right now and he says we have roof rats getting into our attic- so we aren’t even talking about mice anymore.  I’m freaking out and feeling physically ill to think they’ve been in my kitchen, my daughter’s bedroom (where the attic access is.. there’s a small gap and he found droppings), etc.  The poor man is trying to tell me things and show me things and I said- please, I don’t want nightmares- just take care of it.  He says this is a very common problem in Southern California.  So he’s setting traps in the attic right now.  The hub’s at work and I wish he were here to talk with the guy.  

We might as well have put out the welcome mat for these rats- apparently there are all kinds of entry points and gaps and holes in the attic and garage rafters that lead to the outside.  We have a field behind our house so it’s no wonder they’re around.  And we have pet food inside the house (guinea pigs) and in the garage (dog food).  I’m not the best housekeeper ever (I try, but I live with slobs!), and my kids can be downright sneaky with food (candy wrappers under their beds, etc.) and lazy about putting things away, so the damn things hit the jackpot at our house.
 

Please send all your rat-killing thoughts our way!!  Sorry, I know some of you animal lovers will want me to do things humanely, but I just want them dead and gone.  Which just reminded me of my latest iPod acquisition- funny how the brain works: