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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 6th Jul 17, 10:36 PM
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    Mice will also experimentally chew on non-food items and cause damage. I've known them to eat sachets of flower food and candles, and they can cause a lot of destruction by nesting in textiles and cardboard, too.
    They will also very happily nest in my Doomsday Supply of loo roll... I've reluctantly decide that come TEOTWAWKI, we'll have to use alternatives. I can't keep supplying the perfect rodent nesting material in my garage!
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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 7th Jul 17, 10:27 AM
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    They will also very happily nest in my Doomsday Supply of loo roll... I've reluctantly decide that come TEOTWAWKI, we'll have to use alternatives. I can't keep supplying the perfect rodent nesting material in my garage!
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    Oh dear thriftwizard, not a nice thing to find in your stash of loo rolls
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 7th Jul 17, 11:42 AM
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    Yesterday evening, I thought I saw droppings of some description on my patio, I was dreading the thought that they might be from rats, getting bolder, I thought.

    On checking, they're bluebell seeds I'd left the dry stalks standing, and the seedheads have all split - some I caught early enough to shake them onto the soil and let them self seed where they can, but the rest went onto paving
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    • elona
    • By elona 7th Jul 17, 12:04 PM
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    I had a neighbour pop round last night to ask me to sign something for her and as I opened the door I found ants crawling all over my front step They were even crawling up the outside wall! I had put down bait the day before elsewhere at the front thinking I had solved the problem but obviously not.

    Once neighbour had gone I dashed outside with boiling water and more ant bait so fingers crossed things are now sorted.

    I had a pest control firm come to sort out the "baby mice " er (rats) that had tunnelled under the garden fence and patio space and hopefully that has fixed the problem.
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 7th Jul 17, 3:19 PM
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    the whole of Bromley is without water because of a burst water main. All the borough schools have been sent home.

    I have several large water storage canisters but I can't remember when I last changed the water ooops! Lesson in need for organisation. At least we can use it for washing if not drinking.

    Thames Water is going to give an update at 4.30. Doesn't look like we'll get the water back on anytime soon
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 7th Jul 17, 3:31 PM
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    There was an item on our local news this morning saying that Southern Water is currently using the River Test for most of it's drinking water supply they're taking 136,000 gallons a day from it and the government has said it wants that reduced to 80,000 gallons a day to improve the depth of water for the environment. When the amount of building and infill building going on in the area, even in our village where they incessantly put in applications to build on every scrap of green field we have left, is put into the equation where are they going to find another water source of that magnitude and enough to service all the new builds??? crazyville!!!
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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 7th Jul 17, 5:15 PM
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    That's mad. Should they not have worked that out before they built so many houses> And what's the point of saving the environment if the people all die of thirst? lol
    Last edited by mardatha; 07-07-2017 at 6:23 PM.
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 7th Jul 17, 5:19 PM
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    Mice will also experimentally chew on non-food items and cause damage. I've known them to eat sachets of flower food and candles, and they can cause a lot of destruction by nesting in textiles and cardboard, too. HTH.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    I saw a suggestion online to leave out a mixture of potato granules/powder and cement mix/filler. Apparently it gives a nasty case of indigestion.
    We are all waging war on rats in this area. The farmer near me won't have cats as he contends they spread disease amongst livestock. So we have rats instead... Yet the lady next door insists on putting out ground level bird food late afternoon and the rats turn up for afternoon tea. Her husband has started putting down block poison. We pointed out the case of a family dog being poisoned by a lump which had been dropped so he nails it in situ. I've told them that ratty might just gnaw off a piece and carry it away... The only safe poison is granules/seeds in a proper bait box and even then I'm not sure what happens if the dead animal gets eaten by something else.
    I did put a rat trap in my shed with a nice bit of bacon. The bacon was lifted without the trap being sprung and I just left it there with no visible bait. Yet next morning result!
    At the moment I can't properly rodent proof the front door so I spray around the door and kitchen with peppermint every night.
    Last edited by pineapple; 07-07-2017 at 5:33 PM.
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 7th Jul 17, 5:26 PM
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    When the amount of building and infill building going on in the area, even in our village where they incessantly put in applications to build on every scrap of green field we have left, is put into the equation where are they going to find another water source of that magnitude and enough to service all the new builds??? crazyville!!!
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker
    Our council gave permission for a small development on the periphery of the village despite the land being on a flood plain and in an area prone to flooding and in spite of local objections. Yet try to get your niggardly kitchen extension past them.
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 7th Jul 17, 5:26 PM
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    Oh crumbs Mary, I hope they'll get it sorted a bit quicker than they did the one in Crayford I'm so sorry. Just what no one wants in this weather

    Oh Lyn, that is indeed crazy

    pineapple Sorry to hear about the rats

    We had a flat tyre this morning. No idea how it happened, but we were very glad we'd paid extra for a spare tyre rather than one of those repair kits. The RAC man was able to come quickly and changed the wheel very fast, so we were able to go shopping.
    KwikFit will be bringing a new tyre but not until Tuesday, but that's all right. OH has the option to take the car to a slightly less local branch and have it fixed there, but there's no need.

    One of the arms of his glasses snapped in half as he was changing his glasses when the RAC man arrived, but luckily he can see pretty well with his previous pair. Just one of those days!
    Last edited by ivyleaf; 07-07-2017 at 5:32 PM.
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 7th Jul 17, 5:32 PM
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    We had a flat tyre this morning. No idea how it happened, but we were very glad we'd paid extra for a spare tyre rather than one of those repair kits.
    Originally posted by ivyleaf
    Some new cars these days come with a silly little undersize spare tyre which can only be used temporarily and with speed restrictions. So you have to have it changed twice. Totally pointless.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 7th Jul 17, 5:35 PM
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    That's what we said Mar! It's crazy here at the moment, they are building 4 massive 4/5 bedroomed houses on a small field behind us, they are putting an extra house onto the side of a pair of semis at the end of the road, they've just built another bungalow on the back garden of a house that had already sold half it's garden to a developer so there are now 3 houses/bungalows in a row on one plot, this latest one has no road parking, no house parking, no direct access except via someone elses drive and no garden at all, every field has developers falling over themselves to build on it and putting in planning applications before they even own the land and we already have almost grid lock with the number of cars on the road, trying to go anywhere in the rush hour/school run means waiting for a very long time to get out of the village onto the main road, the shops are barely coping and we're getting empty shelves a couple of times a week for fresh food, the doctors, dentists and schools are all full to bursting and still the council give permission to build and if they refuse it the perishing builders go to the Building Ombudsman and get the council planners over ruled and build 'it' anyway. I WANT OUT and quickly!!!
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    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 7th Jul 17, 5:38 PM
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    Just one of those days!
    Originally posted by ivyleaf
    Just seen on the news something about a school bus crashing with a bin lorry resulting in injuries plus the death of a 14 year old. The poor family...
    Puts my daily aggravations into context..
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 7th Jul 17, 8:23 PM
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    There was an item on our local news this morning saying that Southern Water is currently using the River Test for most of it's drinking water supply they're taking 136,000 gallons a day from it and the government has said it wants that reduced to 80,000 gallons a day to improve the depth of water for the environment. When the amount of building and infill building going on in the area, even in our village where they incessantly put in applications to build on every scrap of green field we have left, is put into the equation where are they going to find another water source of that magnitude and enough to service all the new builds??? crazyville!!!
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker
    we've got a lot of new building planned, and the water will be coming out of the Itchen (which last time I looked was less than an inch deep in my garden, and I know the spring has dried up). Southern Water are trying to encourage us to use less water - I've asked for a home visit so they can fit water butts for me, but no one has got back to me. So obviously they're not that bothered...
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 7th Jul 17, 8:32 PM
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    I've reluctantly decide that come TEOTWAWKI, we'll have to use alternatives.
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    How about mouse pelts?
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 7th Jul 17, 8:41 PM
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    I have several large water storage canisters but I can't remember when I last changed the water ooops!
    Originally posted by maryb
    Dose it with unscented bleach.

    About 1/4 teaspoon (1.25ml) per gallon is about right.

    Mix and leave to stand for 30 minutes, then sniff it.

    If it doesn't smell of chlorine, repeat he dosage, and let it stand for a further 15 minutes.

    Alternatively, boil vigorously (ie. a 'rolling' boil) for 7 minutes.
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 7th Jul 17, 10:08 PM
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    Thanks Bob. We didn't need to in the end as Thames Water worked like heroes and the water was back on by 6pm. DH did some plumbing work yesterday and he was panicking in case the solder had failed on one of the joints so he was quite relieved it was "only" a burst water main lol
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 8th Jul 17, 8:51 AM
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    Some new cars these days come with a silly little undersize spare tyre which can only be used temporarily and with speed restrictions. So you have to have it changed twice. Totally pointless.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    I expect that's what ours is, then - the speed is restricted to 50 mph. But at least it's a wheel, and fine for a couple of days

    Oh Lyn, that sounds dreadful! No wonder you're planning to move

    maryb So glad to hear TW were able to sort it out yesterday.
    Last edited by ivyleaf; 08-07-2017 at 8:57 AM.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 8th Jul 17, 9:54 AM
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    Thanks Ivyleaf, very glad because we are off for a week and getting washing done etc would have been tricky. The pressure is still a bit low but we're very grateful for their herculean efforts
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 8th Jul 17, 11:37 AM
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    Just going with the theme of 'icky' for the moment, this morning I reached for the tube of Gengigel to rub on a sore gum but the stuff inside was a different colour. Eek! I had opened the tube (same size) of rodent attractant which you use to bait traps
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