Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Furry pests

It appears we have a mouse problem in our new house. I spotted one running across the floor last week, we set a trap and killed it, dealt with the bag of flour it had nibbled on, and hoped that would be the end of it. Ah, such sweet optimism!

We noticed some droppings in a cabinet the other day and have found the small hole chewed in the back corner where they get in. Last night, I spotted a mouse in the laundry area, which is on the other side of the wall from the holey cabinet. We set a trap there and killed a mouse during the night.

Our current plan is to do the following:
  1. Buy more traps.
  2. Keep setting traps until we stop catching mice.
  3. Repackage much of our pantry into nibble-proof containers.
  4. Be ever vigilant. (For me, this includes adding mice to my mental list of "Critters that threaten my yarn and fiber stash")
  5. Get a cat. Darn my spouse's allergies!
I'm not fond of the trapping option. Growing up with cats around, I'm accustomed to mouse killers that generally dispose of the mice for you. Having my husband deal with the filled traps is a good alternative. Besides, unlike a cat, I doubt my spouse will ever feel the need to deposit a semi-digested dead rodent on the carpet. :)
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2 comments:

Kat said...

If you do not have any rodent pets, you can try the electronic approach. Gaiam sells things you plug into the wall that let off noise outside our hearing range which is intensly painful to rodents so they leave.

Boop said...

Have you thought about getting a "Rex" cat?? They're those cute alien looking ones without hair (like a peach fuzz). I have a few friends with cat allergies that have them. Knitter's just shouldn't be without cats. Unlike husbands & children, they really get the whole "yarn thing", lol.