Thursday, 11 July 2013

Crabs and Rats

At night we quite often hear the patter of little feet running up and down the decks and we knew those feet belonged to rats.  Last night the noise changed to a gnawing sound and so Pete opened the hatch and shouted.  He jumped as a rat whizzed passed his ears from underneath the coach roof and scarpered ashore.  Now we don't mind them using boat as a bridge but we do object to them taking up residence!  So out came the Hoover to get rid of their nest.  What we didn't expect to find were crab shells by the hundred.  The rats hadn't been using the space as a bedroom, more of a dining area!  Lets hope, having cleared their dining table, that they don't feel grateful enough to come back and start again!  The photo shows just how close to the hatchway, and hence our heads, they were........


9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Fran! I'm not sure I would like that very much! Rats? I'm used to the spiders, ducks, coots and other boaty residents, but not, I confess, rats. Glad you took some evicting action!

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  2. Ugh I hate rats I think that you need to get a cat ?

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  3. Cat? Or a rat trap baited with a caramel Rolo - they love 'em.

    We get foxes on the boat at night. Best count yet was 4 at the same time.

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  4. Urgh. I say live and let live, but in their own quarters.

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  5. I wouldn't have enjoyed hearing the rats. Hope they can be persuaded to find a home elsewhere. We used to live next to a Lake and the water rats were huge,were they water rats?
    Sarah x

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  6. I hope you manage to get rid of these very unpleasant and unwelcome guests! It is interesting to see that they're eating crabs, though.

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  7. Hi All, I think the general consensus here about rats is the same as mine, get rid of 'em!! He hasn't returned in the last couple of nights, so touch wood, he's gone to another restaurant! Xxx

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  8. I could cope with most things, but ratties are not one of em- I hope they have left for good!

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