I woke up in the middle of the night and came to the conclusion that the only logical thing to do, other than move immediately, was to get a full suit of plate armor and wear it at all times, thus rendering me capable of killing rats with a footstep. Or a mace, maybe. However, now it's the next day, and this plan doesn't look as logical (revealing though it may be of my deep inner geekiness.) Anyway, here are my questions: 1. How did it get in? Did it come up from the basement? Through a heat duct or how? The door to the basement is closed and locked. Did the cats bring it in through the doggie door when I wasn't looking? This is possible but horrifying in that it would mean the thing was free in the house for god only knows how long, since before I went out last night the cats came in, and they definitely were unaccompanied by rattus rattus. And the doggie door was closed & locked when I left. 2. Are there more where it came from, like in my house or in the basement, or where? There have always been mice in the house, especially in the spring and fall, and I thought mice & rats were never found in the same place? Was I wrong on that? 3. What do I do now? Get traps and put them all over the basement? How can I go down there without plate armor? I never want to go down there again. Should I try poison? What about the animals? (I also have 2 dogs.) I am so twitchy & freaked, you wouldn't believe it. In fact I just now got down off a kitchen stool since I heard the cats wrestling (with each other) in the living room. What should I do? ps I have to go out for a while but I will be back!Help!
Gruesome Rat Encounter Freaked Out and Horrified George: There was a RAT in my dining room when I got home last night. The cats had it cornered and were playing with it. The whole thing was beyond horrible and I ended up sweeping it out the front door with a broom, so it seems to be gone, but now I'm all freaked out and don't know what to do next. I must add that I am severely phobic about rodents. (+)