Posted: 28/02/2015 at 12:25
Mice, lizards, (British) snakes, (British) spiders, robins ... they're all lovely, although there are places I wouldn't want them for various reasons. Mice can't half do damage. Spiders I just worry that I'll hurt. If you're ever in Laos, lizards are a good thing. They eat mosquitoes for you all night.
They got under the stairs here and nested in a roll of old carpet for a while. Not so bad but they raided my kitchen. Then they got more adventurous and explored the whole flat. Then one tried to eat my toe while I was playing a zombie survival shoot-em-and-run game. Cheeky little git. They had to go. If you're using humane traps, take the mice at least quarter of a mile away or they'll find their way back. Drop the off in the woods or by a hedge between open fields or something, away from houses.
My grandfather kept bees. He used to sit in the garden, by the birdbath, with a book and occasionally lift them out of the water on his fingertips. He never got stung. "Calm old man" isn't a panic-inducing smell to a bee, apparently.
Rats, though? Air rifle, blow a hole through it and leave it there. Don't get close enough to flick it away with a six-foot bargepole.