all the windows with a steel mesh.
(I was not totally happy!) and placed chocolate mixed rat poison in the kitchen and also placed a trap in front of the washing machine and the poison below. Next morning the poison in the kitchen was not touched but the one below the WM was missing! But no rat in the trap! No idea what happened to the rat which ate the poisoned choc.
Tara in any case closed the kitchen the next day. Made sense! I just read today, 26/8, that a girl was killed as she unknowingly ate a jalebi meant for rats. Her mother had mixed it with rat poison. Terrible news!
27/8- We watched the success of Team Anna on TV in the night and later Tara walked out to make a final check before retiring for the day. I suppose it was pure instinct! She heard a metallic noise and walked into the kitchen and saw our Visitor scurrying down and hide under the Fridge. I chased it out and it scampered towards the main door and suddenly I lost sight of it. Luckily Tara located it behind the howda and finally I chased it out of the main door and saw it get behind the screen in the front veranda. I hoped that it would go down the window from there. In any case I placed the rat trap hoping to see our friend in it the next day.
I guess it was always hiding in some part of the living room or was sneaking in whenever it had an opportunity. Actually I had this strange feeling the last few days and smelt rat in the living room! I guess it emanated a kind of vibration, which I received, as from one mammal to another!
My last thought for the night was if one Rat could give us so much trouble: 'How can one Lokpal take care of the millions of corrupt rats? Thankfully Anna says it is just the beginning and he plans to continue his crusade! I guess it is time to be optimistic!'
But surprisingly the event has already affected our psyche. I look around as soon as I enter any room. Open the shoe rack door very gingerly and peep in and jump if I accidentally brush against a soft surface! Probably it is due to the million years of interaction between us two mammals.
28/8- Next morning I was thrilled to see the rat trap door shut but sadly no rat in it. Reason was that the trap door was not big enough for the rat!
29/8 Anyway as soon as the screen door is in place, the carpenter reported sick, we hope to have covered practically all the (loop)holes!
Also discovered this website and wonder whether it will work. It is an Ultrasonic rat and rodent repellent. Will talk to them! Hope these guys will also work on a model which will drive away all the 'corrupt' human rats?
And as we add up the cost for all the effort needed to keep the rats out, I feel it would have been cheaper to go Rhea's way and keep them as pets, except we have not found a rat trainer as yet!