Pest Control

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A present from my cat.

I live in a high density urban environment and a fact of life when living in the big city is pests. Pests like mice, raccoons, and rats.

But my wife and I have enlisted an efficient and economical method of pest control. We have a dog and a cat.

Our dog is an effective deterrent when it comes to raccoons. Whenever she sees or even senses a raccoon, she’s off to the races, running the critter up a tree or over a fence. She also goes after squirrels and gophers with the same zeal. So far, though, she has yet to catch any of her prey.

Our cat, on the other hand, is a more adept hunter. On more than one occasion, he has presented us with a gift in the form of a recently deceased mouse or rat, like the poor rat in the picture above. It’s then my job to pick up the spoils of my cat’s hunt in a baggie and deposit it into the trash, while my wife rewards our cat for its offering by giving him a treat.

So forget about hiring expensive pest control companies. Pets are the best form of pest control.


This is my entry for today’s WordPress one-word prompt, “pest.”

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24 thoughts on “Pest Control

  1. Sight11 July 29, 2017 / 9:30 am

    I agree but I can’t bear animals.. of any kind..

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  2. newepicauthor July 29, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Most cats are great hunters and they love to show you what they catch. I do not let my cats out of the house, but they can go in the lanai where the pool is and they often catch lizards.

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    • Fandango July 29, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Ours is an indoor cat, but we let him out in our backyard, where he manages to find some nasty critter and bring them to us as a prize.

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  3. cwhiteweb July 29, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Uhm, why have I adjusted assumed cats were used to “hunt” mice and such because they ATE them? I feel like I was lied to my whole childhood! 😯

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  4. Michael July 29, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    We have pests here too, mice and rats and the never ending supply of cockroaches….I like the approach of your dog ….

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  5. Tricia September 1, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Yeah, no cat over this way would want to wrestle with a rat in its weight class. Unless its a cracked out alley cat. I’ve seen squirrels run away from the rats we have over here. Ahh, NYC livin’.

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      • Tricia September 1, 2017 / 4:48 pm

        I know nothing of pizza rats. Is that borough specific? Since I’ve moved fifteen floors up, I no longer have my ear to the ground where all the action is.

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        • Tricia September 1, 2017 / 4:53 pm

          Are you perhaps referring to Splinter?

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            • Tricia September 1, 2017 / 6:51 pm

              You know! Sensei Splinter, the mutant rat. TMNT…Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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            • Fandango September 1, 2017 / 8:51 pm

              I’ll have confer with my son. He’s the TMNT fan in our household…or at least he was when he was a kid.

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        • Fandango September 1, 2017 / 8:42 pm

          Don’t know. I think I saw a video on one of the late night talk shows a few months back of the pizza rat dragging a large slice of pizza down some steps

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          • Tricia September 2, 2017 / 4:40 am

            Yes. I vaguely recall that. Hey, it’s their world, we’re just trying to survive in it.

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          • Tricia September 2, 2017 / 4:41 am

            I vaguely recall that. Hey, it’s their world, we’re just trying to survive in it.

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