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we still have mice

damn it!

Marc saw that first mouse December 30th, we set up all these traps and never caught anything. He seriously started to wonder if it was a hallucination. There were no mouse droppings, no chewed-through bags of pasta, no sounds in the night... we figured we didn't have a mouse.

But that's not the case. Saturday we were getting ready to go to the store and I picked up my "weekend" tote bag, which had been on the dining room table since last weekend. There was a granola bar in it. I picked it up and said, "Damn, must have eaten half of this and forgotten about it" but there wasn't that much granola bar missing... and suddenly I noticed the flakes of wrapper at the bottom of my bag, and saw that the wrapper wasn't opened along the seams like I'd opened it. It was CHEWED.

I freaked out, threw the bag down, ran to wash my hands. It was so gross, just thinking about it still gives me the jiblies.

Then we found mouse droppings on the dining room table. Not in the kitchen, no, the dining room! Shit!

We're still researching how to clean this up, I want to use bleach or napalm but I'm not sure what's safe to use on wood. So we just used soap and water for now, and are wiping everything down really well every evening.

Time to re-set the traps and go back to the war.

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beunydd
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Weird...we have a mouse too. Although, we caught ours in a trap, and haven't seen any signs of it since.
Patrick Hutchison
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
We've had the same problem off and on. It can get really frustrating. Check the traps every morning and the peanut butter has been licked off and the trap hasn't been set off. GRRRR. But, finally, the little bastard licked too much and met his fate. Just be patient.
humaazul
Feb. 8th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
Borrow Tuna already.
spacefem
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
is tuna good at catching mice?

tuna never really struck me as an "aim to serve the people" sort of creature.
humaazul
Feb. 8th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
She wouldn't think of it as serving the people. She'd think of it as chasing. Chasing is her favorite.

You've seen my lifestyle. I'm a billboard for mice. Yet, I've never had one.
nessasplace
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
We had a TON of mice in our last place. The time I found a little nest they had made in my bedside table with my wheat heating bag thing I lost it completely. Traps everywhere, sticky traps lined underneath my appliances, steel wool stuck in every nook and cranny, I threw out good food for fear that it had been eaten...

I am so glad I don't live there anymore as there will always be mice there. Nice warm crawl space under the kitchen is too tempting for them.
astrogeek01
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Time to get a cat. ;) Even if they're no good at catching the mice (though I bet even my rosie could. maybe.) the smell will keep 'em away.

Or borax, I suppose.
aparecida
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
How would you clean up a diaper blowout? I'd do the same for the table.

Also, how is a mouse different from a guinea pig? Just something to think about.
schmelf
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'd reckon the main difference is that the mice are on the loose in spacefem's house, potentially causing damage and spreading disease, while the guinea pigs are in a in a cage where they're kept relatively clean.
spacefem
Feb. 11th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
yeah, pet mice are equivalent to guinea pigs.

these mice are not.

my guinea pigs do not eat my food, crap on the dining room table, chew up things in my bags or spread disease.

my guinea pigs are all male, so i'm not at risk to be overrun by guinea pigs.
peacegood
Feb. 9th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
It really is too bad you are allergic to cats. The only real redeemable quality of our foster cats is that they are great mousers. They certainly don't let us touch them or play with them. The only time they really notice us is if we get too close or haven't fed them that day. Oh, and when they are done with the mice, they leave the bodies behind.
ricknm505
Feb. 11th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
one capful (table spoon?)of bleach to one quart of water in a spray bottle will disinfect most anything and not cause damage as long as you wipe it up with a rag as you spray.
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