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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Oct 14, 2020 12:52:18 PM
Horror as “overconfident” RATS are invading YOUR home through the TOILET

Rats are invading homes in the UK through TOILETS and letterboxes after the coronavirus lockdown boosted their confidence, a pest control company has said. With fewer people on the streets and less food waste available to scavenge from, experts at Rentokil said the lockdown period from March to June caused rats to become more innovative and daring.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Oct 2020 12:58:04 (#1 of 16)

There is a barn just down the lane, and there is a little pile of waste grain in one corner.

I looked in the door and it was a seething mass of dozens of rats, in broad daylight! I guess there were fifty or seventy.

I got my phone out to take a picture of this fascinating, if slightly unwholesome spectacle, but to get a photo I had to stand in the doorway.

I'm doing so, my shadow fell across the grain pile and the rats noticed me. As soon as they did they ran in a thick river of grey- brown fur to escape.

Sadly, the only way out was through the doorway, so they swarmed as one all around my legs, scuttling over my shoes.

cozzer - 14 Oct 2020 13:19:34 (#2 of 16)

I went for a run in Crystal Palace park yesterday. I was going along one of the paths, with trees on both sides. It was a bit of a murky day yesterday anyway, and under the trees the light wasn't great. I thought 'that's a big squirrel' and then it came closer to me and I thought 'Oh, squirrels normally have bigger tails than that'

elderberry - 14 Oct 2020 13:27:42 (#3 of 16)

If you make a soft but high pitched hissing whistle sound, rats will come to check what you are and you can get a good look at them.

Macpaddy - 14 Oct 2020 13:34:54 (#4 of 16)

That's how the Pied piper of Hamelin started out.

lammaMia - 14 Oct 2020 13:49:21 (#5 of 16)

Why would anyone even think of attracting the little fuckers closer? Is there a fad of posting rat pictures on instagram?

bailliegillies - 14 Oct 2020 14:21:00 (#6 of 16)

I feed the rats, local farmer's store has some excellent rat food.

elderberry - 14 Oct 2020 14:21:11 (#7 of 16)

They're quite pretty, and very intelligent. And do a lot of useful cleaning up, and provide food for foxes. Admittedly I don't want them near home, and I'm wary of Weil's disease.

Gotout - 14 Oct 2020 14:26:12 (#8 of 16)

Last year I had my garage roof replaced. Somehow rats found their way in and took up residence. My garage was a tip so I didn't find out until I noticed rat shit everywhere.

I purchased 2 rat traps and put them in the garage, I didn't catch anything but I've not had any more rat signs.

tasselhoff - 14 Oct 2020 15:27:00 (#9 of 16)

My terrier enjoys a good rat.

AlanII - 14 Oct 2020 15:32:25 (#10 of 16)

Born to it.

elderberry - 14 Oct 2020 15:43:03 (#11 of 16)

My dog was a good ratter when young (I suspect he lived on them, pigeons, and discarded takeaways when he was a homeless pup on the mean streets). I have even known him steal rats that the cat caught, and eat them himself, which is really mean.

solomongursky - 14 Oct 2020 15:46:19 (#12 of 16)

I took the lid off mum's compost bin and a rat jumped out and used my chest as a springboard to bounce back under the hedge. I had to sit down for a bit to gather my thoughts.

mancurse - 14 Oct 2020 16:10:28 (#13 of 16)

When I worked in London decades ago, I had loads of patients who always kept their toilet lid down for this very purpose. So this is not a new fear, whether real or imaginary.

barkis - 14 Oct 2020 16:13:19 (#14 of 16)

If they don't end up dead they're not overconfident.

ChankNolen - 14 Oct 2020 16:14:14 (#15 of 16)

Several years ago, we bought what we thought was going to be our dream home out in the country. The dreaminess quotient took a hit when I got out of bed one morning and trod on a rat, creating a kind of combined squeak/crunch sound effect.

In low moments, I can still feel the sensation in the sole of my foot.

We moved again not long after.

browserbutton - 14 Oct 2020 16:15:05 (#16 of 16)

Rats are very affectionate and loyal. A fancy rat makes a fine pet.

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