Pesky Peeves

The Midweek Word Prompt from our other site Weekly Prompts was chosen by GC and is Pest Peeve

Toad of Toad Hall


“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” ~ Kenneth Grahame  ‘The Wind in the willows’


So what peeves Sue W?

Moles – Nothing like Mole the furry friend of Toad of Toad Hall.

Tunnelling underground, like a group of blind navvies the moles leave their mountainous trails behind them. The mole catcher comes here twice a year as a matter of routine.

Real life rats are definitely not like Toad’s dear companion Ratty seen here.

Rats – the stuff my nightmares are made of.

A few years back, just as my twenty-something son and I we were tidying up before going to bed, my son gave out a yell (more like a scream) and swore blind he’d seen a rat scurry across the kitchen floor.

I rang my husband who was away from home and he ridiculed the idea. So I picked up my video camera and plugged it into a power socket, then I set it to record for three hours. As expected the footage proved there was at least one rat in the house.

The following night, my son and I were kept awake by what I can only describe as a colony of rats racing around and partying in the loft space above our heads.

Living in the countryside, I have to accept that rats will live in the vicinity, but we’d never had them in the house before.

Having already summoned the rat catcher, I rang a local hotel and booked two rooms; Joshua and I packed our overnight bags and moved out of the house until the rats were poisoned, exterminated, dead and gone!

The exterminator discovered the rats were entering the house via a small gap around a waste outlet pipe from the utility room, from where the cavity walls gave them access to the loft area, and to the kitchen via an open space at the side of the dishwasher and the pipe-work to the rear!

If you read the original word-prompt on our site Weekly Prompts you will know my post is in response to GC’s infestation of mice.

His building isn’t a tower block it’s not huge, so what is preventing the management of the building becoming proactive and filling in the gaps on the exterior of the building, a gap the size of a pencil will allow the mice access.

Surely the management has a duty of care to the tenants. I think I’d be inclined to present them with a bill for the cost of having to take care of the extermination himself, and let’s face it the rodent exterminator sent by them doesn’t appear to be doing a very efficient job of it.



© SueW – 2018 In response to the word-prompt Pest Peeve from our other site Weekly Prompts.

16 thoughts on “Pesky Peeves

  1. gc

    It gives a person a sickly feeling seeing even one mouse or rat scurrying across your living space knowing that you are momentarily powerless to rid yourself of this vermin.

    As I stated in my article I tried using the traditional mouse traps, poison kits and even traps all of which were ineffective.

    But yesterday I purchase an electronic mouse/rat zapper ( actually bought three) and this morning around nine a.m. “executed” my first interloper. It was a small mouse but a major victory for me.

    Yesterday I visited the rental office and told the manager that I had a “health” crisis on my hands and was considering calling the board of health to investigate the matter.

    The female office manager immediately picked up the phone and contacted the property’s management office and today I am expecting their exterminator to pay a visit.

    It’s amazing that when you mention that an outside regulatory agency will be contacted how rank and file employees fold like a cheap accordion.

    I wish the first mouse I caught today was larger so I could bag and tag and tack it to the rental office door.

    Nasty aren’t I? 🙂

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    1. No you’re not nasty, you’re just trying to sort out this ongoing problem. It is a health hazard, it’s worrying, has kept you awake at times, it’s costing you money and it’s time consuming! 🙁


  2. Maureen Helen

    Great quote from Wind in the Willows, Sue. But an horrific story to follow, even though it made me laugh. Good solution to move out till the problem solved.

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    1. Well Maureen, I decided to make a bit of a game of it and made a list of pros and cons of the hotel. After a couple of days my son moved back home and I moved to another hotel and played my game there. then I wrote a hotel review and posted on Facebook.

      The hotel food was a welcome treat at both hotels but the first hotel gained more points, so came out on top. AS I was still annoyed at the way my husband had dismissed our claims of rats in the house, I paid the hotel bills using his card! He didn’t complain!


  3. It’s not all that easy to get rid of vermin. They nest in the walls, under the floors and they can find a way into the house through holes so tiny, you’d never imagine it possible. We don’t have rats but we sure do have mice. And they will keep coming back because when it gets cold, they like being cozy in the house. Not that I blame them, but not MY house, please!

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    1. For many months the vicar of our church tried traps and poison to get rid of the mice from the vicarage, nothing worked until she purchased an electronic device that emits a high pitched sound, too high for our hearing. The household was never troubled again.


  4. Lol, your poor little peskies, What about, the snakes, the lizards, the poisonous spiders, the wombats and possums, crocodiles, goanna’s, and the giant bullants……

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      1. I think I might pass on that one thanks! I’ve had quite a few in my bedroom recently so I’ve taken to spraying fly killer around the room a couple of hours before I go to bed.

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  5. The rat catchers of old had the right idea, after they’d go rid of all the rats and been paid, they’d depart, but not before leaving behind a young male and female to start them up again.
    Good business bad morals? Just the way things werel and not so long ago either.

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    1. I didn’t know that, but understand why. We managed to keep down the rat population outside but another lot would soon take their place and probably because of the hen food. After my husband died I gave the hens away and I haven’t seen any rats since, that’s not to say they’re not still there lurking in the shadows!

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      1. They’re such nasty looking creatures but I’ve been very fortunate in not coming across very many, in fact very few in my 80+ years, I think I could count the number on my fingers and still have a few fingers left over.
        I can only ever recall one clearly in 1957 believe it or not>

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      2. I’ve lived here for 42 years and only seen three in the flesh, with one running across my foot as I fed the hens. After hubby died I felt I had enough to worry about without the fear of rats. Good reason for giving away the hens I think. 😊


      3. I like chooks, my mother used to keep them when we lived in Barking, all during the war she somehow managed to keep and feed them and they helped feed us to, Especially the cocks at christmas

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      4. I loved our hens such characters and never minded taking care of them when hubby was working away. Unfortunately I knew I couldn’t handle the rats alone.


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