Saturday, September 8, 2007


We have had a visitor to the dog food bowl. This unwelcome fellow, a brown rat, Rattus norvegicus, was caught this morning in the "Have A Hart" trap I set out next to the dog pen. Brown rats can quickly become a serious infestation, especially if there is a supply of free food (like a dog food bowl!) around. The best way to get rid of rats is to make all food inaccessible. Since this was not absolutely possible, I resorted to traps. This fellow is bound for a new home in the forest about ten miles away!

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