Thursday, June 17, 2010

My First Dead Rat

Today we received our mail and I was very excited to find the 3 rat traps that I purchased online arrived.  I have been researching rat traps for the past few months trying to figure out the most effective, safest, and humane way to get rid of the few rats that may be around.  My final decision was on and electronic tube that shocks the rat to death.  It is very easy to set up.  You put in 4 AA batteries, dump some dog food in the back, put a piece or 2 in the front and then turn on the switch.  The rat dies instantly of electrocution.  Then a handy led blinks on the top letting you know that there has been an electrocution and it is ready for dumping.  Cleaning it requires simply shaking it above the garbage can, it falls out, and is ready to go again.

I had my first "kill" around 5:30.  I saw the blinking red light and got pretty excited and nervous.  I went and inspected the contraption and didn't see a thing.  Closer inspection reveled that there was a fried cockroach.  So, that area has 1 less cockroach.  I was a little bummed but still had high hopes. I told Nikki that by 8 tonight I would have my first dead rat.  So at 8:06 I went and inspected and sure enough another blinking read light.  After my overwhelming disappointment last time I simply shined my flashlight expecting a false alarm.  Much to my surprise there was a very large rat.  I have been smiling ever since.

Hopefully my next post won't be about giant dead rats!

Other than killing dead rats I have been pretty busy around here.  A door knob busted this evening in the baby house which is always exciting, I went to the Hospital in Milot and checked on a few babies, and have been learning a lot about how the orphanage functions.  After my first full day here I am exhausted, overwhelmed, and feel completely blessed to be here.  Thank you again everyone for all of your support.  And I would like to wish a special happy birthday to my sister Allison!!



  1. Oh my gosh, I have never seen such a big rat. I have changed my mind about coming to visit.......sorry. Glad to hear everything is going great for the 2 of you (besides the coch roaches and rats). Love reading your blog. Keep it updated. Love you both.

  2. Nick,
    Good job on the kill, I'm not sure way you thought you needed to be so nice to the rats lol.