Thoughts on soap-eating rats and microwave-dwelling cockroaches

(Blog update from Debbie sent April 9)

When we thought of doing a blog, we hoped to be able to post maybe once a month or so – we don’t plan to try to compete with our wonderful, but deep thinking, brother in law, or friends who post daily!  But we hope to be able to share bits of our lives here in Tansen more fully than we were able to do previously with our letters which came out 3 times a year.  And we are so thankful for our future daughter in law who is helping us do this – she is also a blogger and is much more interesting to read!  We love you, Laura!

Well – I know you must be waiting for the explanation of the title of our blog.  We had our first visit from a large rat the other night.  We had become aware of our visitor because the bar of soap Les had left on the sink (in the bathroom) was no longer there – it had “moved” to the shelves and had lots of teeth marks around the edges.  We put the soap back onto the sink and went out for the evening.  When we returned after a lovely meal with friends, we went into the bathroom and discovered the soap had again disappeared.  THEN, Les noticed the rat himself (herself?) was on the window.  I yelled (screamed?) to close the door so it wouldn’t come into the bedroom!  Les chose to shut himself into the bathroom with the rat.  He then armed himself with the tools at hand – a toilet plunger, a toilet brush, and a bucket!!  He and the rat made a lot of noise as Les chased him around the bathroom – while I helpfully stood outside the door calling “Les, are you okay?”  Finally, I heard a victory cry – from Les!  He had stunned the rat and got it under a bucket to kill it.  After he disposed of the body out in the fire pit, we could sleep better.  The next morning, our downstairs neighbor came out to ask if everything had been okay the previous night….  J  The word has hopefully spread among the local rodents that Les is a human to be feared.  We’ll see – so far there have been no more nibbled soaps!

So – that’s the first part of the title.  I am happy to say that the next part was not at our house, but at another missionary’s place.  Most of you know, I am taking over the role of Expatriot services advisor – basically I do the jobs that help get the missionaries here and housed and then back to their home countries.  I was looking at a house which will soon be vacated to see what work would need to be done to prepare it for the next newly arriving missionary.  They were showing us around and said – oh, and we have some cockroaches that live in the door of our microwave!  Somehow a couple of roaches have gotten behind the glass in the microwave door and happily live there!  You can see the outline of them when the microwave is running!  YUCK!  I have suggested that the microwave needs to be trashed.  We’ll see what happens!  Just goes to show they can live through a lot!

Now you see them…

Now you don’t!


Well – that’s it for now.  We continue to settle back into life in Tansen.  Les is in his element – this is really coming home for him.  I struggle on a bit more slowly – and I miss our kids and parents and friends and family so very much.  But – we are sure God wants us here now and I’m sure He has something to teach me along the way!  (But cockroaches in the microwave door??!!!)

More later.  Love to all!  Debbie



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8 responses to “Thoughts on soap-eating rats and microwave-dwelling cockroaches

  1. diane

    Debbie, So good to read you update to get a sense of what your life is like. I pray for you both and look forward to hearing more.

  2. Sarah Acland

    Seems as though the only thing that’s changed is the technology!
    If I can find it I will send you Neil McDonald’s (?name – the dentist) letter about how to get rid of rats. I read it out loud to the rats in my ceiling and they were gone the following day. some of the methods were really disgusting.

  3. Loved your story Debbie. Made me homesick as I remember some of our rat adventures! If Sarah sends you Neil’s advice, please post it so we can all enjoy (?) it. Thanks.

  4. Risto and Martje

    Debbie and Les,

    If you put some cockroach bait outside the microwave, you may be able to catch to catch them that way!
    Thanks for raking up memories! Lots of Love to mutual friends! Lots LOVE,
    Risto and Martje

  5. Val Watson

    Sounds familiar. Our neighbours have 2 cats and the other night one came back with a rat to show them. (there is a stream not too far away). We have more of a problem with the smaller versions known as mice! If we could persuade the girls that every room has a bin for them to use we might have less!

  6. Disturbing post. Better to call in the pros then trying to take care of this situation on your own, dont you think? Good luck.

  7. Deb

    Deb, Les: Very well written!!! Hilarious. I am having the same problem. We noticed 5-6 brand new bars of Ivory bar soap missing from the bathroom vanity drawer. We have tried many times to trap the intruders with a snap trap to no avail. I thought maybe, just maybe I would change it up with Zest. Next morning it was gone as well. They even managed to chew the bottom out of my liquid hand sanitizer. I guess one could say they are really clean rats hehe. Hello from Campbellford, Ont. Canada

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