2020 has been, to put it mildly, a somewhat sub-optimal year.
A lot of bad things have happened this year, but the worst, as astute readers of my blog would have noticed in my last posting, is that rats have moved into the crawl spaces of my house.
Speaking of bad things – Trigger Warning: Flashing Lights ahead
I tried all the usual remedies:
- Stomping on the floors, thumping on the ceilings
- Calmly sitting outside one of the crawlspace vents, patiently and rationally explaining to the rats why they need to let go of their Rodentia Fragilitatem and inclinatum implicita habitant and just vacate the premises, please
- Installing a high frequency noise generator
- Yelling obscenities in the hopes of offending their sensibilities (it worked, but just on my kids)
- Crawling under the house with a fistful of rubber bands and shooting at the little bastards (might have worked, but my aim needs improving (I blame the constrained space))
- Drenching the crawlspaces with peppermint oil rodent repellent (this did result in a a frenzy of movement the first night, but mostly on the part of the Missus, kiddos, and dogs)
But no matter what I did, they either wouldn’t leave or kept coming back.
So I did what any rational, red-blooded Europhile would do:
I threw a rave.
A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, silent rave.
I achieved this by installing strobe lights in my crawlspaces. And testing them before installation gave me, the Missus, and the kiddos immediate nausea and stabbing headaches.
The rats don’t stand a chance.
And I have to admit, the nightly noises the rats make now are markedly more frenetic and, dare I say it, irritated, than before. I can’t help but beam with glee (pun absolutely, utterly intended) and derive incalculable pleasure and satisfaction from the skittering sounds that I wholeheartedly choose to interpret as anguished.
It’s the only thing keeping me sane right now.