Tuesday, June 12, 2007

My House Guest

The first time I saw my tiny house guest was when I was coming out of the bathroom. The guest, probably thinking it was all alone, decided to flagrantly attack my trash can for left overs (too bad for him there is no such thing in my house!). Hearing the creaking sound of my bathroom door, it scuttled out of the trash can with amazing speed and hid behind the fridge. I only caught a glimpse of its small dark body but I could tell (with a chill running down my spine) that this was not of the 6-legged variety but was of the vermin family.

I soooo wish it was a cockroach. Some might think me crazy but I am a bona-fide, expert cockroach killer. Whether they’re flying or crawling, they are sitting ducks to my torpedo-slipper.

Now, a tiny mouse is totally another matter. I hate it with a passion but I'm also deathly afraid of it. The past two days saw us playing an uneasy game of hide-and-seek. Me sneaking around and looking right and left, afraid I might encounter it while crossing my kitchen…and, I’m sure, it is huddled in some dark corner, making sure not to make a sound and nervously chewing on its tail, scared of being caught.

Is there any other situation as stupid as this?!

Or maybe I should ask, “Who has more reason to be afraid?”

  1. Me, who has every right to be in this house since I pay rent.
  2. Me, who is gazillions times bigger than this vermin.
  3. Me, who’s brain (and therefore IQ) is much more superior than this half-witted vermin who, after two days, hasn’t gotten the drift that there is NO FOOD in this house he can get his dirty paws on.
  4. Mouse, who knows that house owner is a giant compared to him.
  5. Mouse, who has no weapons to protect itself.
  6. Mouse, who obviously has not contributed to the payment of rent or utilities.

If only common sense can cast out fear...

16 comments:

hoop said...

Bubonic Plague... killed about 75 Million people world wide once... carried by rats and their fleas...

I think that's where the subconcious fear comes from... justifiable too, I guess? *snicker*

:D

vernaloo said...

hehehe if only the mouse can cook like the one from the animated movie Ratatouille or as cute as Stuart Little then perhaps it's not that big a problem :)

Well goodluck Mare! If it's any consolation, at least its not that big like the one I saw from our toilet bowl hehe

kathy said...

Haha! What a funny, amusing post you got here. Invoke the "survival of the fittest" mantra and get the most recommended rat poison you can get your hands on, if you're really that intent on eliminating it. Too bad your sweet-tasting cockroach killer couldn't work on the mouse! :P

snglguy said...

What if the mouse agrees to split the monthly rental? Would you allow him to stay?

I know, stupid question... just get a mousetrap. :-)

Ferdz said...

Argh!! I hate those critters as well. Especially if they disturb my sleep

ipanema said...

We're the same. I better see a cockroach, because I know how to make it disappear. Rats? All I can do is scatter poison around - Dora power! :) Meron pa bang dora rat killer? Just wait for several days if you notice a stinky smell, it means you're successful. :)

Swipe said...

at least it was small unlike the ones that are almost as big as cats that roam the streets of Manila. Those are the scary ones - they don't even try to hide anymore and when you stare at them they stare right back at you.

Marilyn said...

I totally relate to your Vermin Phobia! My fear of them is unreasonable, but the scream just wells up within me when I see one scurrying past! I can only pray my scream scared them half as much as they scare me!

Gypsy said...

Hoop, hey long time no hear! And the first time after a long time, you go and talk about bubonic plagues! Thanks! Hehe. By the way, I can't seem to comment on your blog...

Verns, kahit si Jerry ni Tom hindi pa din cute sa akin. I HATE their eeky tails! Yeah, buti na lang wala akong scuba diving rats...;) How is THAT situation by the way?

Kathy, actually I bought rat glue na and put some left over spaghetti sauce on it. Ayan, huli siya! Good thing a brave friend was with me, siya na nagdispose..watta relief!

Snglguy, trapped na nga sa rat glue. Hehe..even if its a rich city mouse who wants to pay my whole rent for me-brrr..no thanks!

Ferdz, buti ka makatulog ka pa. Ako, when I now there's a mouse lurking around, hirap na ako makatulog...

Ipanema, oo may dora pa, pero I used the mouse glue para di ko na kelangan pulutin, it gets trap on a board with sticky glue on it...so hooray, no stinky smell, saves me from having to look for it!

Swipe, totoo ka! Grabe, I played a traumatic game of patintero once with those ugly rats! Di sila takot!

Marilyn, hehe. I am no screamer but mice and rats can pull that out of me..;)

dimaks said...

back at home, we use fly trap papers for the small rats :)

niceheart said...

This reminds me of a conversation I had with my youngest son yesterday. He was telling me how he petted this hamster that he saw at the farm on their field trip. Then I asked him, if he could pet a hamster, why was he afraid of the mouse that also visited us a few months ago (thank goodness it's gone now)? Considering that a hamster is bigger than that mouse. He got stumped too. :)

the philosphical bastard said...

the world needs more of your genes:
- your kitchen habits
- your killer instincts
- your ninja-esque mentality
- your writing skill

i bow at your presence!

Gypsy said...

Dimaks, minsan kasi di magwork ang fly paper..they can get themselves off it eh...plus make a sticky mess pa. Hehe.

Niceheart, I know..hehe..unreasonable minsan (or should i say, most of the time?) ang mga fears and phobia natin.

PB,heheh. Talaga ha...they're not as impressive as they sound in writing.;)

M I C H E L L E said...

Hahaha, if only mouse have brain like us hehe... U made my day gypsy :)

confidante said...

ang mga daga sa bahay namin on the other hand ay sobrang mga at home. Di ko na pinapansin. Sabi ng nanay ko "Daga! Daga!" and I go -- bayaan nyo sila, dyan sila maligaya. But to this day, I've spent siguro hundreds of pesos na for rat killers: from Dora to that transparent sticky trap. This last one works. Not messy.

Toe said...

Hahaha... this is so funny. I hate mice and rats too. Give me cochroaches anytime. I am so terrified of those vermin, it doesn't matter who pays the rent. :)