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08:45 pm - RIP
Ratso has had the bad taste to die before the exterminator could get him. Exterminator came Wednesday. Thursday morning the unmistakable odour of dead rodent was coming up the back air shaft. Far too fast for a beast that I was assured would take days to take the bait, being the wily critter it is. Have blocked up the vents between bathroom and study and thanked providence for warm weather that lets me keep windows open. I can still smell the acrid tang, but then I'm me. A few more days, judging by the Little Girls' experience with two successive gerbils that escaped into their air duct.

And bought a ceramic heating fan for Sunday, when the temps drop to 5 overnight, if the smell isn't gone by then.
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From:heliopausa
Date:October 14th, 2017 05:40 am (UTC)
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Gazumped by a rat! I feel for the exterminator. (No, I don't; I am absolutely frivolously imagining the bafflement of the professional pursuer, forestalled by the mastermind prey taking the high road from his dilemma, and thus avoiding the public gallows.)

Being serious: I hope that the ex-rodent is very small indeed, and thus withers into scentless dust with all possible haste.
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From:flemmings
Date:October 14th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC)
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He/ she was a good size, though memory exaggerates the dimensions, I think. 12-15 cm maybe? I'm sure, karmically, the smell will linger for a long long time.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:October 14th, 2017 05:56 am (UTC)
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Your exterminators don't come remove them? Then again, I suppose getting into the air shaft would be difficult.

I'm glad it's gone though. Or nearly gone.
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From:flemmings
Date:October 14th, 2017 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Impossible to get into the vents, I think, without taking them apart. 'A few days of a musty smell' he said. Ha. But I wonder what they do when there's a whole colony of them?
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From:mvrdrk
Date:October 14th, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Ours uses snap traps, quick deaths in easily accessible locations, and then they can be collected up as trash because they don't have the chance to move to an inaccessible location. If left to rot, they stink, and also provide a breeding ground for carrion flys. I'm actually more freaked out by the flys in some ways!
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From:flemmings
Date:October 14th, 2017 09:03 pm (UTC)
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I've heard it's a long process to get the rats to take bait from traps. Not sure many downtown companies use them, for that reason; and because rats here are a constant problem, so they want them eliminated quickly. Shall hope my rat mummifies in his sealed up vent.

Have ordered supposed to work well dead animal odour eliminator, but fancy in the end I'll have to have the vents cleaned out,
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From:mvrdrk
Date:October 15th, 2017 07:06 am (UTC)
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Ohh, do say if the dead odour eliminator works, please?
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From:flemmings
Date:October 15th, 2017 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Shall, if it arrives. Fedex is unreliable up here.

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