Office Rat, War is Over – Emma Drawbridge

After consultation with my in house team of experts we decide that a food baited trap was a solid solution. Naively I thought this would mean a trip to town to buy a trap. Turns out we would need to make our own as no one knew of anywhere that sold traps. Finally a chance for me to really shine. Given that I have played that classic childhood game, mouse trap, I felt that I really had something to offer when it came to the design and implementation of the trap.
I would like to point out that the trap worked as the office rat actually got into the trap and ate the bait, however it was unforeseen that he would eat his way out of the trap.
I feel the pressure beginning to mount, I have an unreliable source of poison, my trap was eaten; this rat is mocking me. What tools do I have at my disposal to solve this office rat problem.
Then I have my best idea yet, I’m surrounded by doctors and dentists, they must have access to a drug strong enough to make a rodent very sleepy so it can’t eat its way out of a homemade trap.
I was so focused on winning against this rat that it hadn’t crossed my mind at how odd my request may have seemed. Never the less a kind dentist was willing to help win this war. She provided a liquid based drug. We then proceeded to marinate a ginger nut biscuit in this liquid and left the biscuit on the office floor.
Victory is sweet, sweet like a ginger nut biscuit. I arrived at the office today to find what I thought was a dead rat under my desk; however it turned out to be a very drowsy rat. I’m pleased to announce that he had been removed from the office and I hope that I never have to fight another rat battle again.
Emma Drawbridge


  1. CONGRETULATIONS! You win the fight. I really enjoyed to read your ‘office rat’ posts … very funny (for me – I assume not so funny for you, of course).
    Greetings from Kisumu

  2. Thanks Joerg, it’s was a funny situation for me, given that I was being out witted by a rat. The only time that the fun turned into fear is when the rat kept moving each time I tried to pick it up.
    How is life in Kisumu sir?

    1. Everything is fine here in Kisumu, thanks. We are a big community of 6 PULSE volunteers here in Kisumu – Victoria and Isabelle from Belgium, Martin from USA, me from Germany (we working all for the OGRA Foundation) and in addition Michelle from USA (she’s working on the Fistula project for Direct Relief here in Kisumu) and Rami from Egypt (he’s working on the Millennium Villages project for the Earth Institute here in Kisumu). Strictly speaking we are 7, because there’s Mizanul from Bangladesh (he’s working for Save The Children in Bungoma) and he’s not far away from Kisumu. I hope we will have the opportunity to meet him over the next few months.
      Thanks that you like my photos! I always try to keep the moment as good as possible with my camera.
      Greetings from Kisumu

      1. Sounds like a real PULSE family in Kisumu. I remember Victoria and Isabelle (and of course you) from the PULSE training we all attended in London, it must be nice to have already met Victoria and Isabelle before you moved to Kisumu. Sadly no other GSKers in Dar Es Salaam, however Jenny (who you also met on our PULSE training course) is moving to Dar soon.

    1. I certainly think the office carpet had an LSD/magic eye quality about it. Funny thing was is that carpet is so crazy it took me a good 20 minutes to even notice that there was a large rat on it.

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