I've just had a visit from pest control

You know - those people who take the role

Of addressing nocturnal visits by mice

(And maybe other things not seen as "nice").

It seems another tenant made a complaint

About an absence of rodent restraint.

I live in a house two centuries old

And frankly would be surprised to be told

That it was free from timorous wee beasties

That sally forth nightly in search of  "feasties"

When darkness makes them feel secure

(Perhaps they think that the risks are fewer?)

Now I'm living with a couple of traps

Left behind by the pest control chaps

Due for weekly checks ahead

To see if they turn up anything dead.

I can't say that i enjoy the thought

That some rodent explorer might be caught

Merely because of its need to survive

By this plan to catch them - dead or alive.

If any mouse can climb three floors

In search of food to fill furry paws

Then it seems a cruel price to pay

To have its little life end this way.

I have this feeling that in every house

There's to be found a resident mouse!

So keep food wrapped - be a tidy-upper

And they'll go elsewhere in search of supper !

You'll have no visits from pest control chaps

Seeking to place their various traps.

Prevention is always better than cure -

.And irritations in life are better when fewer !!







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M.C. Newberry

Fri 2nd Oct 2020 15:51

Thanks for the comments and the likes. Now onward into October!😃

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Paul Sayer

Fri 2nd Oct 2020 07:43

I guess we almost all are socialists then Brian.

The problem I have now then, is what is a socialist?

Things were so simple back in my day.

Now I don't know if I'm a leftist, far-right, woke, or wtf I am

These immigrant mouses, the ones with clogs on... What a noisy lot they are kept me up half the night dancing and singing at the top of their squeaky little voices... Send um all home!

That's what I say.

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Brian Maryon

Fri 2nd Oct 2020 07:21

Re the cheese joke...I'm guessing it suggests that mice and socialists are easily drawn in by giveaways.

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Paul Sayer

Thu 1st Oct 2020 18:50

Stephan, I just saw your comment and fell off my chair.🤣🐭


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Stephen Gospage

Thu 1st Oct 2020 17:28

Paul's chocolate experience replicates mine. It's amazing how far you have to go to stop them coming back - a mid-price Ryanair flight should do it.

Brilliant poem, by the way.

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Paul Sayer

Thu 1st Oct 2020 16:45

Why is the cheese free?

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 1st Oct 2020 15:12

Thanks Paul - but I don't think I'd have the patience to keep watch!😃
Hey - that reminds me of the joke of the similarity of socialists with
mice - neither understands why the cheese is free!

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Paul Sayer

Thu 1st Oct 2020 00:05

I have some great mousetraps Mark.

Mice LOVE chocolate, forget the cheese.

You place a tiny piece of chocolate at the end of an angled tube the mouse walks in uphill and as it reaches the chocolate it tips and a door shuts them in. Then you just pick it up, walk to a safe place and let it out.

not close to home because they love chocolate so they WILL wander back for some more 😉🍫

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 30th Sep 2020 23:47

There is an irony in the clause in my lease that limits the keeping of
pets. And that clearly includes cats ! .

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Paul Sayer

Wed 30th Sep 2020 17:25

Catch um and sugar um for Christmas.

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Paul Sayer

Wed 30th Sep 2020 17:24

You don't half tell tales or should that be tails

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Brian Maryon

Wed 30th Sep 2020 17:13

There are a few pests on this site that need controlling. I should know...I'm one of them!

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