The rat came back, he just wouldn't stay away. (Remember this nice little camp song?) The 2 rats I found in Penny's water bucket are apparently not alone. Feel like you're in an alien movie? They're out there..watching you with their little red eyes. Kenny found 2 more in the garbage can. Dead as well. Thought they no doubt filled their tummies before they realized they couldn't get out of their little prison cell. Kenny believes they are nesting under some of the horse blankets in the barn. I'm afraid to even lift the blanket up. I have a horror movie in my head where I lift it up and rats jump on me and eat my face off.
And so I turn to the Internet. Get a barn owl, one site advised me. Hmm, yeah like that sounds easy...NOT quite. Eliminate the source of food, which in this case would be the garbage pails. This is also tough. It used to be up by the house. This is when a mouse/rat/rodent climbed into grammy's car and took up residence, requiring a massive trip to the auto repair place and a complete clean out. Poison? No. We have a cat. A trap? Well, then what do we do with them? Maybe we can take them over to the Raynes Farm Barn. Should it catch and burn down (thanks to lack of a fire alarm), they'll be toast too. Brilliant. I knew there was a reason that warrant article failed.