Update on me and my unwelcome rats Aug 4, 2013 6:31:15 GMT -5 Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by Perfect Mess on Aug 4, 2013 6:31:15 GMT -5 Hello all!!I just had a bit of a surprising heads up about what went on here after my post about having "rats everywhere". I hadn't visited this board in a couple weeks so I'm sad I missed the fun. (I'm always up for a good debate.)If I ever wanted to punch someone in the face it's now. This board has always been like a safe room for hoarders and messies alike, but now I'm not so sure anymore. Just because one person feels too righteous to just "sit by and do nothing" while the rest of us move at a pace that is obviously too slow for them. Without knowing all the facts or even having been in my house, no one can rightfully judge me. Remember you only know what people will tell you about here - nothing more. In my mind, having 2 piles of dried dog poop in the house is disgusting while other people live with months worth of human excrement bottled up under their beds and this is their "norm". I bet you the human excrement person will tell you that it's "not that bad", while I will tell you I live in 99th degree squalor. It's all about perspective. The last thing anyone who comes here looking for a way out of the mess needs is a troll who will call CPS on them. Or worse yet, an active member who after finding your real name linked to a youtube video will then make a call to the local animal control authorities. Nobody needs that. Yet, that's what someone did. I was paid a visit yesterday by my county's Animal Control. I haven't had people over to my house in MONTHS, so who could it have been? At first, I figured it was someone in the neighborhood. We have a 16 year old dog who has been an escape artist since we adopted him 12 years ago. He is nearing his end of life but still digs and escapes from our yard. He has been looking very ragged lately, emaciated, weak, etc. After spending $600 at the vet specialist a few months ago, we know that he has Chron's disease OR intestinal cancer. He is on 2 medications and we feed him like a baby. Yet, he gets out and romps around the neighborhood looking like a horribly neglected animal. I figured that it surely must have been a concerned neighbor who is aghast of his skeletal appearance. But no. Whoever called said that we were living in "extreme hoarding and squalor" conditions (those were the words he used), "could not walk thru the house without stepping over things", and that I had other pets "living in extreme conditions". I stared at him for a moment before breaking out in laughter. I asked the man (who I had been talking to outside my front door) to please come in and look for himself. He visited all my pets, explained to me what extreme hoarding really is, then left. He couldn't find anything wrong and actually commended me on the condition of my pets. He left to write a report because it was his "job". Fine. Shockingly, when I asked this man if he could tell me anything about the person who issued the complaint, he said that once the case is closed in 1 week, I will be able to listen to the phone call recording myself and get a copy of whatever written complaint there might exist. *I can't wait!* I really will not know who tried to throw me under the bus until then. But until then, all I can do is speculate....I have been emailed by a couple other members here advising that I remove the link to my video which links "perfectmess" to my real name. While I appreciate the suggestion, I just can't remove the link from my sig. Making that video inspired me to clean my garage and I think it might inspire others here to do the same with their garage or other parts of their house. Turning the cleanup process into a multimedia project is what gave me the motivation to do it. And I refuse to live in fear especially because I have nothing to hide.Now that that's said, I have news on my "pet" house rat situation. (btw, I do have 2 ball pythons and I bring rats into the house on a regular basis to feed the snakes. Some got out in the garage after my kids left the rat tank open one day (after petting them) and these may be the spawn of those white rats but I doubt it because these rats in my house are brown, but who knows.... So I'm not AFRAID of rats, and I'm not concerned for my kids' health either, just tired as hell for having them scurrying around, making messes, chewing threw the ethernet cables of my home network, and mostly I'm tired as hell of not feeling comfortable enough to cook in my own house. I just can't cook in a kitchen where there have been rats) So I called a large cleaning service that was recommended to me by a friend. They came out last week and spent 4 hours cleaning my house. I won't name the company because I just wasn't impressed at all by their cleaning skills. The company sent 5 people and they cleaned for 4 hours total. This cost me $560. I was expecting them to be done in 2 hours so I let them stay 2 more hours because I wasn't happy with the progress. Honestly, I am disappointed and expected a lot more for the money. They didn't even mop the floor! That said, at least they got the ball rolling for me. I'm still not happy with my house and want it disinfected and SHINING top top to bottom. This is why I hired 3 more ladies from care.com to come and clean my house today (again). The first lady arrives in 1 hour. I don't know that there will be much for 3 people to clean but there is plenty to organize in the kitchen cabinets, fridge to clean out, and garage mess to sort through. Simply put, I'm on a rolllll and I'm putting them to work.Yes, we still have rats in the house. I caught about 15 over the last 2 weeks, but there are still rats. I've seen two since last week's cleaning. After today, I will be calling the rodent exterminator I've already selected. They will also be vacuuming out all the insulation from the attic, disinfecting the attic, and replacing with new insulation. So it will be another couple weeks (and another few hundred dollars) before that is done. After that, I'll probably drag my living room couches to the curb because i think they are beyond salvation at this point. They are also very old.Doing all this is costing me a LOT of money. I will pay for those services I mentioned and be in a financial hole when it's all said and done, but I can't spend $100 a night on a hotel room to stuff my family of four in because of a few rats. And hotel rooms in this high-end neighborhood don't allow pets so I'd have to board my dogs, birds, rabbit, and snakes too. No thanks. That's money I'm not willing to spend and I'm glad I didn't allow my frustration to get away from me and do that. Instead I planned it out and made it happen WHILE living in my house. Btw, I'm taking action BECAUSE I'm disgusted, not because I think it's OK. And I'm doing it this way because that is what makes sense to me. And I'm doing it at this pace because that is what makes sense to me.