RAT CUN­NING

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

c We have had only one dire emer­gency. North of Perth we picked up a hitch­hiker, a bush rat, who took up res­i­dence deep within the dash. Ter­ri­fied at the thought of hav­ing my truck eaten from the in­side out, es­pe­cially the havoc a ro­dent could wreak on the wiring, I hit the lit­tle varmint with ev­ery­thing I could. I tried to smoke him out with mozzie coils. I bought a trap that could snap a wom­bat in half and baited it with parme­san. He wasn’t in­ter­ested. He got stuck into baits — but he might have taken up to a week to die. Then, of course, we would have to live with wafts of dead rat from the air vents. Be­fore I re­sorted to rip­ping the dash out, I tried bait­ing the trap with peanut but­ter. Vic­tory!

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