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Are you afraid of rats?

  • 25-09-2021 10:29pm
    Posts: 0 ✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Are you afraid of rats, or do you consider them harmless? While some are unbothered by them, with a few even keeping them as pets -it would seem like a vast majority of people hate the rodents. The tail, the tiny eyes, the teeth, the way they scurry about...revolts many individuals. The thought of a rat infestation at home has to be one of many folks worst nightmares.

    That said, at least they're small and are probably more of you than you are of them.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,643 ✭✭✭ billyhead

    More so the human kind.

  • Registered Users Posts: 75,429 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1

    Yes I'm afraid

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ dudley72

    Live on a farm and they are just another animal….

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  • Registered Users Posts: 389 ✭✭ Tomaldo

    Yes I'm probably about 50 to 100 times their size, in Thailand they're tolerated more, I shouldn't but I am afraid of them, hate them

  • Registered Users Posts: 49,994 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,584 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

  • Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭ Meeoow

    That's my dream for tonight sorted. Rats scurrying around, I'll wake up in a cold sweat.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 89,766 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Capt'n Midnight

    Has the Lyubov Orlova arrived yet ? The ghost ship with the cannibal rats.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,910 ✭✭✭ Riddle101

    Domesticated rats are fine, but wild rats would make me feel uncomfortable if only because i'd be paranoid about them getting into the food or scurrying around the house and making nests, as well as increasing the risk of catching a disease. I just don't want to be taking any chances with them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,365 ✭✭✭ AllForIt

    Rat's are 'vermin' in that they carry disease. It's a natural thing to be afraid of vermin, it's in-built.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,627 ✭✭✭ Homelander

    Not remotely. I mean I wouldn't want them scurrying around my house, but in the main, I don't really have an issue with them. Spiders, though....

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,015 ✭✭✭ Zak Flaps

    A little. Similar to others, i think it's the fact that i learn when i was young that they carried disease.

    I grew up thinking that they would bite me given half the chance.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,964 ✭✭✭ Quantum Erasure

    hate 'em. I'd throw them into room 101 if i could,

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,649 ✭✭✭✭ whisky_galore

    No, not really unless they're about to invade my personal space. I did murder one once that had got into the house with a sweeping brush.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,289 ✭✭✭✭ Mad_maxx

    Terrified, only creature which makes me freeze in fear

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,323 ✭✭✭ I see sheep


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ dudley72

    One is grand, it’s when a whole f**king family is under it that it scares the s**t out of you

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ dudley72

    If you have one you have more 😂 and they have a lot of babies every year

    The issue for kids etc is their poo/wee is very very dangerous so that’s why you need to be careful

    They love seeds/nuts etc…this year I forgot a bag of grass seed in a shed, cost me 90 quid, I left it out for two weeks, came back and it was nearly empty, some very happy rats

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,041 ✭✭✭ cj maxx

    Don't like them but working in agriculture and poultry i got used to them. I love that idea of the pipe into the box shown above. True saying, like a rat up a drainpipe 😉

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,914 ✭✭✭ corner of hells

    We did have a problem until our Jack Russell went into full combat mode one weekend.

    He killed three out in the open and then dug his way in under a shed , took him an afternoon to get and kill that rat.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,045 ✭✭✭ recode the site

    No, OP, I’m not afraid of rats at all in spite of having been bitten by one. Think it must have been my upbringing, my mother used to tell me of how she enjoyed minding her friend’s pet rat when she was a young teen.

    Where I worked in a rough area back in the 80s, two boys brought in a wild rat and put it on the counter “to scare the girls” as he thought. A soft touch when it comes to animals, my first thought was for the welfare of the creature and to take it back outside. It dug its very long curved incisors deep into my hand, hammering down on the bone. In agony, I prized its head as carefully as I could out of my hand without damaging the animal, and put it outside. The boys got a right scare as they realised they could have got bitten likewise.

    Health & safety hasn’t quite been invented then, however my boss insisted if I wasn’t inclined to be going to a hospital (I didn’t even have tetanus on board) would I phone my then GP for advice. He just roared laughing at the other end of the line, no thought of possible tetanus or anything else. As long as he didn’t potentially carry HIV back then, all was hunky dory.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,257 ✭✭✭ taxAHcruel

    "That said, at least they're small and are probably more of you than you are of them."

    I truly hope there is a word missing in that sentence or the implications are not something I wish to consider.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,850 ✭✭✭✭ endacl