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We've had some wins and some losses here at the Manor. Of course, every spring, the rats cause us grief.

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Comment by Susan on Saturday

I know we have them but at the moment, their numbers must be fairly lw as we are not seeing any trace of them.  I'll let you know when the first lot of corn comes on, how we are travelling.  With 1 dog and 2 cats in the yard, we have plenty to deter them.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on Saturday

The native water rats rarely come in contact with people and when found being a bit rare these days are usually close to creeks.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on Saturday

These aren't natives. Their tales are bald.  They are cute - grey with a white belly, but definitely Europeans.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on Saturday

I'd be doing a bit of gentle backing too, Cheryl!

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on Saturday

Not sure Elaine, it was quite dark and I backed back into the house fairly quickly when I realized what it was.  I get shudders up and down my spine just thinking about it (same way as I feel about snakes)

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on Saturday

Did the rat have a white tip to its tail? The native water rats do. Sure they are great climbers but not sure if the native ones come around where we are, they usually keep away from people unlike the exotic rats.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on Friday

Hark, I hear the chimes in my avo tree ringing -  out I go expecting to see a possum to chase - shudder, no possum but one rat.  I didn't know they climbed trees.  My thoughts were, maybe I was mistaken and it was some kind of marsupial that I should be protecting.  On investigation via the internet - no, there is such a thing as tree rats.  Shudders down my spine, I hate rats - hope it has gone back to the creek where it belongs.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on Thursday

There's a formula about the presence of rats - not sure if it applies equally to mice. Naturally I have forgotten the details but it goes something like this: if you don't see any rats you've probably got around a dozen living around about. If you see one or two then you've got two dozen and so it goes.

I figure there's rats and probably mice around here. One time I left a mature head of Sunflower on the verandah table. Morning showed me someone had helped themselves overnight so I'm now doubly careful about anything edible particularly concentrated protein like seeds or nuts.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on Thursday

Mary-Ann: I'll stick with my rats rather than the brown snakes! I do have a green tree snake about but I think the rats must be too big for it.
Christa: they tend to stay up high so my boys can't get them.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on Thursday

havent seen a rat either for a long time - we have brown snakes ! 


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