Sunday, July 25, 2010

Game on!

I'm not one to pick fights, but the rats have arrived in the garden and bloodied my nose.  I went out this morning to pick some tomatoes for the fire-roasted tomato salsa (which turned out great by the way, washed down with cucumber margaritas) and noticed that several tomatoes had been gnawed and slashed by the vermin. 

Now I know these rats are not the filthy, disease-ridden sewer dwellers of the big city, but then again they're not Remy from Ratatouille. Nevertheless, they're into my stuff and they must go.  It'd be one thing if they focused on one plant, I could easily sacrifice one of the hybrids and set it aside complete with searchlights and a marquee.  But nooooo,  they move from plant to plant nipping and gnawing like they're on some sort of foodie excursion.  And they ruin everything they touch. It's uncanny how they seem to know that I'm gonna pick that near-perfectly-ripe tomato TOMORROW, for when tomorrow comes, I find it laying on the ground half-devoured, and I'm too late, again.

When Alberto Contador took advantage of Andy Schleck's broken chain during this year's Tour de France, Schleck told reporters, "My stomach is full of anger and I will take my revenge."   I couldn't say it better myself.

Traps will be deployed at 2030 hours.  I've chosen the Tomcat T-Rex style snap traps that worked well for me last season.  Baited with a peanut butter/cheese cocktail, I'm quite confident.

Time to kick some rat ass.


  1. Ugh, rats, really? That's another new one to add to the ever-growing list of garden pests to be aware of, yuck. I get really indignant whenever I find pest damage on my vegetables, but so far I've only dealt with bugs and bunnies. I hope your traps work out well for you!

  2. I battle them every year. They come from the hillsides surrounding our development and although the hawks and owls do their part, enough of them eventually find the tomatoes. Very frustrating - whoever heard of such a thing? You can add the peach/plum stealing squirrels to the list as well.

  3. Well I am not surprised to hear that your nemesis have returned, it wouldn't be the same without them. When do the squirrels arrive.