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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 07:31 AM
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I can feel their beady lil eyes watching me!

:scared: I've killed one of 'em!
Trapped two.
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 07:47 AM
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1. Oh my!
Don't know who you're talking about, but I'll come and save you

BTW . . . nice to see you!

:hug:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 10:54 AM
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4. OH! Thank you Simply Fugue!

This apartment building is infested with RATS. I'm beginning to think that I'm too old to put up with loosing sleep at night because of 2 legged and 4 legged rats. If it isn't police helicopters it's varmints. :banghead: I'm not having a very good time living alone. :cry:

:hug: :loveya:
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:58 PM
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18. You want to borrow Evita
She'll clean up the mess real tidy like
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:39 PM
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27. Do you want to hop on a plane with her or just ship her?

I promise to spoil her until I ship her (and you) back home. :hug: I need someone to hold me at 3AM. You'll do. HELP send Evita. I'll keep Miss Frodo caged until I send your killer back home.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:54 PM
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32. Evita does have a taste for bird meat
I'd keep an eye on Evita when it comes to Frodo. Evita can be quite crafty with obtaining what she wants.

You do realize that if I could ship her, you'll end up with a ton of dead bodies in your home from her hard work.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:01 PM
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34. You would miss her while she was on a working vacation.

IF I keep Frodo in the bedroom and allow Evita the run of the rest of the place ;) we would be okay.
She may be crafty but I'm great at protecting the life of my loved ones.
PLUS I love cats so Evita would be well cared for too. :bounce:
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:21 PM
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38. Perhaps it's best but she is a pro at what she does
She's warming up to me even more (geez I've had her for like 3 years). At least twice a day she demands snuggle time, but the rest of the day I can barely get near her.

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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 10:04 AM
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2. Joani you are totally giving me the heebie jeebies.
:scared:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:04 AM
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5. Well? Why should I be the only one who's afraid to walk outta my bedroom
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 11:04 AM by Joan_Alpern
at night? If I leave a light turned on all night the pest don't run around inside. :wow: But just let me turn off the lights... and they scamper allover the place. I'm catching another one every night. The property manager has gotten estimates but I don't see anyone but me doing anything about the problem.

This morning I feel like I'm coming down with something. I hope I'm just tired because I'm not sleeping well. I know I need a new neighborhood but I haven't done any serious looking yet. This is millionaire's row but it's the wrong environment for me. I'd like to settle down somewhere soon because I'd like to do volunteer work with the Democratic National Party. We need a serious change in 2008. I want to do as much as I can to help that change take place.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 10:06 AM
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3. hi joani
:hi:

got mice?
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:08 AM
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6. Mice are icky but RATS are scary!
x( I've got several different varieties of RATS invading my apartment every night. :cry: I've got holes in a 3 month old sofa! :mad:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:09 AM
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7. Do you have both mice and rats?
Someone once told me that if you have one, you don't have the other.

Rats are horrific. Big hug to you for this :hug:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:15 PM
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11. The first rat I caught in the Have-A-Heart Trap looked like

a small kangaroo, long back legs, light brown in color. The next two were smaller and a dark brown. :shrug: I don't know if they are all rats but I want 'em gone before they destroy anything else.
I didn't turn the kitchen light off until dawn this morning but it was still dark enough for the rat come out of its hiding place to eat the bird seed in the trap. I've turned the light off anywhere from 3:30 until 5:30 and that's enough to bring 'em into my space. I spoke with the real estate manager at little while ago and she said the exterminator would be working with the problem from outside the building ... I'm going to continue setting the trap until I've got a week of being rat-free. :grr:

Thanks for the :hug: I'm feeling very needy right about now. :(
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:27 PM
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13. wharf rats look like small kangaroos
they are worse than the more rodent looking ones. They practically stroll about on two legs when they walk...I can't stand them

:scared:

I loathe rats with every fiber of my being. I used to live in a trailer near a lady who was an animal horder and she had an infestation and I would hear them sometimes at night gnawing on the wood underneath, trying to get it. It was a nightmare. I never saw one, but just listening to that sound gave me the creeps.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:28 PM
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22. I thought Wharf Rats were bigger.

That little guy was kinda cute as he bounced away but not cute enough to keep as a pet. I set him free.
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:41 PM
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29. "not cute enough to keep as a pet"
:rofl:

The only wharf rat I've ever seen was a great big fat one. I suspect Mickey Mouse is a wharf rat. An ex-girlfriend of mine had pet rats and from what she told me rats get as big as their food supply allows them, so you have to be careful not to feed pet rats too much.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:05 PM
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19. Oh you poor thing.
:hug:

I had mice in an apartment years ago and I had to move. I was so spooked by them I would go to the Marriot to sleep, but on a teacher's salary, it got pretty expensive.


We had mice in the garage a couple of years ago, but Mr. Midlo and BoyMidlo trapped and killed several, so it apparently broke the cycle.

I feel for you. :hug:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:25 PM
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21. I get a sick-to-my-stomach feeling when I find mouse droppings.

But I'm afraid Frodo or I might get bitten by one of the rats while we sleep. :scared:
I am going to move but I've got a lease until late November so this may get expensive. x(

I'm glad Mr. Midlo and BoyMidlo were able to turn things around for you.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:29 PM
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23. If you get the health department involved, you could break your
lease without any repercussions, I think. I did the same in CT when I had mice.

Even if they are making an effort to correct the situation, you shouldn't have to live like that.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:24 PM
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40. I have a mobil home that was a mouse haven
So I decided to sleep in a pup tent in the woods instead. However at some early point in the night, I heard some scary noises in the woods, so I decided to take my chances with the mice inside. A neighbor claimed that he once saw a wolverine in those woods :scared: My parents are about 150 miles north of me and they have seen bears a few times.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:27 PM
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14. gross--i get a field mouse every once in awhile--
course i DO live in a field :P

:hug:sorry, sweetie...rats ARE yucky :grr:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:34 PM
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25. We are wiping out field rats in NY by catching & killing them.

When you live with birds :shrug: pantry moths and mice are a constant problem. I don't mind wildlife problems when I'm living in the country but I still didn't have rats or roaches.
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MissHoneychurch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:15 AM
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8. Ewwwww
:scared:


I was freaked out by the cockroaches in the South already .... I don't know how scared I would be with rats ....


Please go look for another apt soon Joani!!!
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:24 PM
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12. I don't have cockroaches or palmetto bugs.
Jon and I will be looking at neighborhoods on the west coast of Florida the last week in March when he is back down here for another week's vacation. I'll need to check-out the job situation before I rent another place.
:scared: Everyone is complaining that the immigrants are working for minimum (sometimes less) wages so it is hard to find work anywhere in South Florida. I really want to try to find Jon a position locally with his current company. He has 8 years with them and I know they'll be sorry to see him go.

This year looks like lots of work for me getting us moved out of New York.
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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:54 AM
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9. Do you know how they get in?
Holes where pipes come through the walls?
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:31 PM
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15. Yes, under the sink, behind the stove & around the AC.

This building was almost destroyed by a hurricane two years ago. No one has lived here until Spring 2006.

As per the code enforcement officer - it is the landlord's responsibility to plug the outside holes and keep the building safe from rodents. I'd like to see them pay for a repair or replacement of my sofa. :grr: I'm really afraid to walk away from here to get the rest of my stuff that needs to be moved south.

Damn = I'm between a rock and a hard place at the moment. x(
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:35 PM
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26. Plug the holes with steel wool. The rats and mice won't/can't chew through it easily.
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 01:37 PM by CottonBear
Your landlord will have to have a pest control agency put out rat poison as well, preferably under the foundation. I had once rats invade an antebellum home in an old neighborhood. They actually dragged the traps away (after being caught) and escaped. I found the trap wedged in a hole in the baseboard with lots of grey fur stuck in it. They chewed through much of the alarm system wiring. They stole an entire loaf of bread from my neighbors. The rats apparently lived in an elaborate and extensive tunnel system in this very old neighborhood.
:scared:
Good luck. Can you borrow a cat?
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:50 PM
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31. Steel wool would be great except I can't reach everywhere.

Last Monday the real estate manager said it wasn't their problem until I called her at 8:30 Saturday morning to ask her what she wanted me to do with the live rat I had just caught. Since she didn't have a good answer - I told her I was calling the local wildlife management officer. He said "call the Lighthouse Point Police Dept to react the Code Enforcement Officer."

When the agent showed up yesterday I told her I was thinking about moving because I'm not living with rats. Plus I ask her to let me know what they were going to do about my new :mad: holy sofa.



OY :banghead: All I wanted was to get away from the snow. :cry:
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:59 PM
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33. You poor thing. Have you called the Health Deptartment?
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 02:12 PM by CottonBear
In Georgia, we have a Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. Do you have a similar state agency to which you could file a complaint? Is there a Better Business Bureau in your area? Try callling your mayor or local commissioner or council person. Call the newspaper or TV station. They'd love to do a rat infestation story. I bet the landlord would get rid of those rats really fast then.

I once had field mice invade a country house and steal dog kibbles and hide them all over in holes, under the stove, in the sofa and in my shoes! That was horrible, but rats are ten times worse.
:hug:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:08 PM
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35. I haven't called any officials YET.

I'm giving the landlord a chance to correct the problem. I'm new to Florida so I don't know very much about the local laws. However I did call the Animal Control Officer and he said "Rats are part of Florida. Learn to deal with the problem." Then I told him it was an apartment building. He answered me with "there is a very expensive local condo where the snowbirds are returning to a rat eaten mess every Fall."
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:58 AM
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10. Eek!
:scared:

I hope you get 'em all!

Hi Joani!
:loveya: :hug: :hi:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:45 PM
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16. I shouldn't have-to be doing this. The rent isn't cheap.
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 12:46 PM by Joan_Alpern
I should feel safe but I am not!
And now I've got another wild creature to release later this afternoon. x(
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:52 PM
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17. I agree completely.
:hug: How is Frodo reacting to it?


You should get an attack kitty ... like Sylvester. :D
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:19 PM
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20. Frodo is very very worried. She won't eat until I close the bedroom door.

She is terrified by anything that runs across the floor. I hope she doesn't get sick. :(

I'm afraid that an attack kitty might think of Frodo as a canape.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:32 PM
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24. Oh, poor girl.
:cry: How long do you think you'll stay there? Aren't you looking for something else?

I'd hate to be the kitty that tries to tangle with Frodo! Our kitties got along fine with the parrot we used to babysit. We didn't leave them alone together, but they sure didn't think he was dessert.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:12 PM
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36. I was going to wait until the end of next month to look.

Jon wasn't feeling very good over the weekend and got cold feet about moving out of NY. Then he decided that 'we can make it down here'.
So ~ I don't know if I'm looking for a two bedroom house for us or a one bedroom cottage for Frodo and me.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:15 PM
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37. Oh.
I must have forgotten.

I'm sorry Jon wasn't feeling good. It's always scary to relocate, especially when there are jobs involved. And it takes a while to think you did the right thing after you do. You know I know something about that. :hug:

You'll probably have an easier time finding a two-bedroom house ... I would go for it! :D

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 03:59 PM
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41. You didn't forget, this is new news.

I can't see shipping the big stuff until I have a better idea about where we'll be putting down roots. I could store everything here on the east coast of Florida :shrug: because I'll need a professional mover no matter where I'm going next. This whole thing becomes a little overwhelming at times.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 04:09 PM
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42. Good thinking.
It's not like they ship the stuff for free.

Paying a professional mover to move you, then store everything, and move it from storage can get expensive. You're better off waiting and doing it all at once. We talked about storing some of our things when we came up here, but it was too expensive to do it that way.

I understand about overwhelming. I'm dreading our next move, even though I can't wait to get into the new house. I wish I hadn't unpacked so much stuff ... and I hardly unpacked anything, as you know.
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:41 PM
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28. So she could have a little bit of this action
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:47 PM
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30. LOL!
:rofl:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:23 PM
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39. I miss having a cat but sometimes they make mice into pets.
At least the cat I grew up with had a pet mouse.

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