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In which FP is repelled by a pest repeller

It looks like I’m a pest.

At the parent’s house, upstairs. I can hear a ticking noise. Something like a ticking noise, anyway. Something, once every second. Bzzpbzzpbzzp. It’s quiet, but penetrating, and I’ve barely been able to hear it for a minute before it becomes intensely annoying.

I rummaged around, trying to track it down, finding out where it seems loudest. And I find: on the landing, something glowing red and plugged into a power socket. BZZP!BZZP! “Ultrasonic pest repellent” it says, on the side.

“What? You’re not supposed to be able to hear that!” said The Mother, when I asked her about it. “You can’t hear it. You’re kidding me.”

“Nope,” I said, plugging it in in front of her. “You mean you can’t hear it?” I said, as I was holding this thing, loudly going BZZP in my hand.

“No,” she said. “Nothing at all.” BZZP!

The Parents are, it turns out, worried they have mice. There is, on a regular basis, a rustling somewhere between the floorboards and the ceiling. The cat is evidently not putting the putative mice off; so they’ve invested in this device, to scare the mice away. Only pests can hear it, it says. And, erm, me. I can’t believe that I have superhuman hearing, so presumably I’m just a pest.

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4 comments on “Pests”

  1. Clair says:

    Are you a pest, or half man half pest? 😉

  2. Forest Pines says:

    Well, I don’t know – if I’m only hearing half the noise, I wouldn’t be able to tell!

    The cat doesn’t seem bothered by the thing at all. So clearly he isn’t a pest.

  3. Kahlan says:

    no comment :-p

  4. Jan says:

    I hear these things too… especially the high pitched ones around the university residences… so I guess that makes me a pest as well…

    (Incidentally, here in NL we have plastic “whistles” you can put on your car that supposedly keep moose away from your vehicle on the highway without humans hearing anything at all… but doesn’t a 800 lb moose seem a bit large to be a pest?)

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