Home life


The rustling sound was back the other night, louder than before. I couldn’t spot anything. But around 6am this morning I heard the familiar noise of vermin doing calisthenics in the roof.

And I found a tiny little beetle clinging to the wall in my room.

Haven’t spotted any other insect life in quite a while, probably gone to ground for the winter.

What have all these got in common? They’re freeloading in my house. I’m sure they’re not on the title deed, and they’re certainly not contributing to the mortgage repayments. The beetle I can deal with myself, and the roof resident, if it’s a rat, may meet a packet of Ratsack before too long. If it’s a possum, of course, that may require some assistance.

If only I could institute some kind of Pacific Solution to stop them arriving in the first place. Certainly seems more deserving for rats than people.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “Freeloaders”

I survived all summer without ants then lo and behold I made the mistake of leaving a few crumbs around one day a few weeks back and now I have the little blighters running around everywhere but they are the tiniest ants I have ever seen and for the life of me I cannot find out where they are coming in.

If you do have a possum in your roof I think most councils will provide you with a possum cage and you could then release it into a safe area.

(Assuming Possum) Catching that possum’s all good and well, but you’ve got to stop any future possum setting up home in the attic: check all available entraces, and seal them.

Easier said than done.

Check for mice, rats, and any other small animals. Also check to see if it is a bird. The crows used to like playing on my parents roof!

Yes, you do have to seal all holes in the roof. No matter how hard it is to get there.

Do you know any handymen, carpenters???

Take care
j :)

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