When I got the rat in the marina I discovered that they are exceptionally crafty beggars. I was in the tropics and did not want to kill it with baits and then have it crawl into some inaccessible place to die so tried to trap it.
The first thing I discovered is that they are very light fingered little rascals and could remove the bait without setting off the trap. So then I started modifying the trap to get it sensitive enough to trigger at the least touch (Be warned, making a rat trap sensitive to touch is a very risky business) Unfortunately the rat must have been poorly positioned and all I caught was a single
drop of blood and the rat would not go near it again.
Now it being a steel boat
I knew the little rodent couldn't actually eat up the hull
but the way it was going it was going to have a go at it eventually after it had chewed up all the contents and fit out so I bit the bullet and set out some rat baits.
Now, as I said somewhere else, I was in the tropics on the hard
doing a hull refit
and did not particularly want to come upon a large decomposed rat whilst crawling around in the bilge
. Consequently I put aside everything else and became an extremely diligent observer of flies.
Now you may be mystified as to why someone who had been exceptionally interested in the habits of rodents should suddenly shift interest to flying insects. Well I'll tell you.
Being a country boy I knew that the first thing which would turn up after the rat went feet up would be one of those big blue carrion flies and about two days after setting out the baits one wandered in the companionway
and circled over a spot in the bilge
, voila, floor board up and one very large dead rat beginning to swell up in the bilge.
Being of a squeamish persuasion I had prepared and immediately poured a bucket of sawdust over the carcass and begloved and garbage bagged later was rat free at last.
Like hurricanes and cyclones rat hunting in a boat
is not the sort of thing you want to go through twice in a life time and I've been extremely averse to marinas