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    Did the rat stare you down in the corner with taunting squeaks, as if to goad you into playing a game? Haha.

    They carry diseases though . I would probably have called an exterminator.

    How do you think it got into your house though? If it got through an opening somewhere, you have more than one :eek:. If you think it came in through the door while it was open then you can probably just leave some traps, kill it, and not have to worry about it again.

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    Eat it and use its skin for a quilt.

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    Dude. It's just a small mammal.

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    Eat it and use its skin for a quilt.
    ^ This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malice View Post
    A wild rat though? I wouldn't mess with. I'd probably call someone in, because if there's one there might be more.


    Has anyone heard this episode of This American Life about a rat in the toilet? Its just the first six and a half minutes. So horrifying.

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    I'd be more likely to feed it than to try to kill it. But I've never seen a wild rat so I don't have any acquired aversion reactions to them. Big hairy spiders are a different matter. Those fuckers have to die immediately. Otherwise they'll almost certainly crawl on my face and into my mouth while I'm sleeping. Can't have that.

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    I wish I could be as cool as House and save the rat's life, make him a nice cage, and name him Steve McQueen....

    But I'd probably scream/vomit/cry and not go into that room for some time.

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    I would trap it and try to get it outside. Failing that, I would try to kill it (I've never killed a mammal before though so that might be tough and nauseating). Anyway, I'll try to get rid of it one way or the other ( ), then find out how it came in, look for other potential rodent stowaways and repeat the process as many times as necessary.

    I'm not generally scared of rats/mice and spiders. Snakes, on the other hand, are a different matter. But then again, how will snakes get into the house? There are no snakes around my neighbourhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    So, imagine you're busy drifting off in your thoughts doing an activity - using the computer, watching television, or reading a magazine. Then, suddenly you spot a creepy crawly - just behind the sofa, just away in a distance, or perhaps right next to you. You're just about paying attention to it, and just as your mind is becoming increasingly aware, you're finding it bigger, furrier, and much more creepier in movement than you'd expected - and suddenly you dart on this 'thing', discover it's a RAT!

    ... How would you react?!
    1. Flee immediately to higher ground.

    2. Soil self.

    3. Feel shame.

    4. Cry like a five year old girl for 30-40 seconds straight.

    5. Feel more shame.

    6. Tell rat it is an a**hole that shouldn't be in my house.

    7. Apologize to rat for calling it an a**hole without having any real idea of its character, but still tell it that it should not be in my motherf***ing house.

    8. Throw cheese and/or any nearby snack into far corner in order to tempt it to go as far away from me as possible.

    9. Perform amazing acrobatic stunts walking over the tops of sofas, tables, couches, shelving, etc. to get the f**k out of there without letting feet touch 'rat tainted ground'.

    10. Inform rat I feel bad about my blatant species bigotry but remind it that its kind often carries rabies, which I am not fond of.

    11. Escape, quarantine rat if possible by shutting a door. If quarantining rat is not possible, proceed to quarantine self in bathroom with telephone.

    12. Call exterminator.

    13. Change pants.
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    I'd probably wave at it and let it go about its business.

    It's being particularly bothersome, I'd just find a way to encourage it back outside.

    Edit: I approve of Gloriana's plan.

    Except for the extermination part.

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