Well, actually we don't know of any rat in our kitchen. But we do know we have this huge spider in our mailbox, a huntsman, and now every time we check to see whether we got mail we go through a Temple of Doom like adventure.
For the record, that particular huntsman that seems to like our mailbox so much is h-u-g-e! And hairy! It's one of those spiders that would feel right at home in an Indiana Jones sequel (given that sequels must always outdo the originals).
I guess exotic spider are one of those things you need to get used to when you live in Australia. Especially when redbacks, a spider that can actually kill you, are quite common (you do have to go out of your way, however, to get into trouble with them).