Reflections on Life Thus Far

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Life is testing me right now because after months of letting the housecleaning get put on the back burner it’s caught up to me. We have rats (roof rats) and I am really p*ssed off because I am the one doing all the cleaning now. My dad is not tidy and rarely cleans up after himself. Maybe I should cut him some slack but it feels like he doesn’t care about the clutter and dirt and he leaves it for me. In fact if it were not for the rats I likely would not have been motivated to clean up and declutter. So in that respect I am grateful for the rodents.

I’ve been trying to trap them humanely (catch and release) but they have evaded capture


Roof rat on top of a bird feeder. Pic is public domain.

thus far. All I hope for now is to eliminate the food sources and clutter so they will find somewhere else to live. Cleaning up rat poop is not fun and makes me feel worse about how slack I’ve been in keeping house these past months (prior to when I spotted one late in May). It’s like this is my punishment for being depressed and not having the motivation for keeping a clean, tidy home. Now I have no choice but to clean and declutter if I want the rats to go. Technically I have only ever seen two but I am sure there are likely more. Why do they have to be so cute? It would be easier to hate them but even now I am only angry over their unsanitary practices (i.e. pooping in places that are not the toilet, or leaving food they found before I smartened up and put the food in sealed glass containers). Honestly, I am really grossed out by their poop and have trouble falling asleep because any noise I hear makes me think of the rats. It’s wearing me down.



Roof rat. Public domain pic.

There’s just something about having a rat problem that makes me feel horribly dirty. I wish they would just leave and not return. They are making a lot of cleaning work for me and I do not like it! The grass, trees and rose bushes have to be trimmed too since they likely hide in such spots. Gosh, I feel like there is an awful lot to do so they will hopefully leave. Even if I was alright with killing them (I’m not) it would still be necessary to do the cleaning and decluttering so they don’t come back. As it is though I don’t want to kill them because they are dirty and messy but not any worse than humans. Plus they are cute and it’s awfully hard to murder a small furry creature that simply wants to live somewhere and have something to eat. I just hope they don’t damage anything important like pipes or electrical wiring.


©Natalya, Reflections on Life Thus Far, 2016.


Author: Natalya

Blogging my thoughts and feelings about mostly mental health, meditation and spirituality(non religious). Hoping to connect with other interesting people in the blogosphere. *The name is Russian and is my pseudonym.

5 thoughts on “Rats!

  1. Oh dear. I had a mouse problem in the kitchen of my last house, even despite my literally OCD cleanliness and tidiness. Sometimes it just happens. I did manage to catch and relocate about four of them, and then the problem stopped. So it’s worth trying. I wish you luck with it!

    This is the trap I used, which works great for mice but might be too small for rats, I don’t know.

    I used to bait it with peanut butter and cornbread, and put it out every night around 9 p.m., because that’s when the mice made their “rounds.” It was pretty easy to catch them that way, and then I put them into a little mouse house until morning, when I could take them somewhere else to release them.

    Good luck with the cleaning and the de-ratting! I appreciate you not killing them! I’m sure they do too. 🙂

    • Thanks Jenny 🙂 I think that may be too small for the rats but I am glad you caught your mice humanely. Just because they’re rodents doesn’t mean they don’t have a right to live.
      You’re lucky to have caught the mice so quickly. I noticed the rat at the end of May but didn’t start cleaning right away because I thought trapping him/her would be easier. Unfortunately it hasn’t been easy, likely due to the fact they’re roof rats instead of Norway rats/house mice. I have a Havahart trap but the trap doesn’t seem to be sensitive enough (it’s for squirrels and rats)for the roof rats. I know they went in because the peanut butter was gone.

  2. We have roof critters and a whole lot of other critters. Part of living in the forest. They are hard to get rid of and not a sign of uncleanliness. They like the food and warmth. Good luck with your efforts to get rid of them.

    • Thank you. Sorry to hear you have pests too. Turned out to be mice and we didn’t have the heart to kill them so they’re living with us. I felt sorry for them and figured they deserved mercy.

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