Luke’s Life

the upper hand

Posted in Uncategorized by lrobison on July 8, 2007

So far our plans had failed. We had four sticky traps, two mouse traps, and we bought two of those huge snap-off-your-toe rat traps, but still the rat had free reign of the kitchen. One afternoon, when our apartment was at full capacity, our brave rat foe decided to try to go on a little hike through our living room. He made a dash for the tv, on the far side of the living room, and ran over Mike’s toes on the way there. We decided that this was it. We had to stand and fight. We closed up the rat’s hole using a CD and some duct-tape, and then we went hunting. The rat, completely unaware of the closed hole, finally made its way back to the kitchen after we started moving around furniture around in a vain attempt to find it. Finding it’s hole blocked, it decided to take residence in our stove. That was an easy problem to solve… we set the oven up to 450 and waited 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Luckily for us (and our noses), the intrepid rat scoundrel decided to take up residence somewhere else, unlucky for him, that place was our pantry, and we quickly shut the door. Since we had all the time in the world to plan our attack, we finally decided on taping a sticky trap to a bar (sticky side down), and sticking him to the end of it, where we could then take him outside and ‘deal with it’ however we wished.

In the following movie you can see exactly what happens when 4 computer scientists, one engineer, and an economy major put their heads together to catch a rat.

The final outcome of our encounter with the rats is that we found and killed 2 rats, and 2 mice in a period of a 2 or 3 weeks.  Then we moved out.  Good luck to whoever has the fortune of living in River Oaks #132 next year.

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