It is God's irony to underline my horrible financial and emotional state by sending a rat into my home. Almost as if he says to me : " Here, now you really are a poor person, having have to deal with rats and all...".
I know that in fact this could have happened regardless to how much money I have in the bank, simply because I live in poor neighborhood, on the ground floor. But it happened now, when all the walls are falling on me anyway, so I think it is ironic.
It happened 4 days ago, when my son sad he saw a mouse in the kitchen sink, and that it was so funny how it ran away and "fell" off the kitchen counter to the floor, and nothing happened to him. By today I read enough about rats online to know that they can jump really high, which is an info that only made me realize how nasty these things are. That day I tried to get the "mouse" out of it hiding place, behind the stove and in between the kitchen counter and the wall. I knew he was there, cause he started screaming on a high and loud voice. I've never heard a mouse screaming, so it kind of shocked me, especially because it was so loud. Little did I know the actual size of that thing...
The next day my boyfriend put some glue traps down behind the stove, but all it did was taking some of our nasty new neighbor's hair off it's body. That is for you all to imagine how big this thing is. When I saw the hair I thought I will faint, and every time I look at it my whole body gets the goose bumps. So that evening we've put a snap trap down with peanut butter in it. First we tried with bread, but after researching the net I changed it. The little bastard must have figured it out though, cause it still sits there, some times making us all jump when one of our cats start playing with it and it snaps the cage door. Which by the way another mystery for me how those 3 cats are not catching the rat - isn't that exactly why we keep them?
Two nights ago I was up all night searching for other ways to trap the rat and I found the bucket trap idea. I saw many online home movies about how people caught rats with the trap so as soon as my boyfriend came home from work I ordered him to make one. By that time I went crazy, cause that night I saw my cat trying to hypnotize the rat by sitting in front of it and looking right into it's eyes. That is when I saw the thing and it made the hair stand on my back. I tried to get the mouse out from under the cup cabinet so I started to poke it thinking that it'll run out and my cat will catch it. But it started screaming again and when it ran out I saw it for the first time. It was dark gray with a thick naked long tail and it was huge - running around trying to find it's way out. I was sitting very closely in front of the cabinet so naturally I started screaming just from the fear it could run right on me, or bite me, or anything like that. I don't know where I got the power from, but I ripped the stove oven out from the wall, almost ripping the gas tube out too. But then I saw that huge opening on the wall, where the monster rat disappeared into. That is what kept me up all night, desperately searching for a way to catch it. So we got the bucket trap set up and for a whole night and a whole day it was up.... getting no rat trapped.
Tonight was the second night with the trap. Now we have two glue traps, a snap trap and the bucket trap set up in the kitchen corner. But the rat is not about to give in. My boyfriend says it probably not even in the house any more, but I see how my cats keep going to that spot with the opening in the wall, and starring at the wall. I know it it there, hiding, and I just hope it is not a pregnant female.
I will call the city hall today, and have them come out, but I worry about the rat poison they will put down around here. I have 3 cats and a dog that I really don't want to be killed, and I would have to have this rat die in the wall and start smelling up the whole place.
I'm keep checking the bucket hoping to see a dead rat in it...... What a nightmare!