Monday, September 04, 2006

A mouse in the house

We've had an uninvited guest in our house. Last Sunday night Dustin and I were kickin' back in the living room after putting the kids to bed and I saw a mouse scurry behind the entertainment center. I almost had a heart attack.

I am not usually squeemish when it comes to these things. I set one of those old-school traps with a little peanut butter for bait. After abiut 5 minutes we saw the little guy come out and lick the trap clean without getting caught. I then reset the trap, using a needle nose pliers to bend the mechanism that sets it off so it would be more sensitive. We went to bed and in the morning..... no mouse.

This went on for a couple of days. Each day I got more flustered and, well, freaked out. Mice don't really bother me that much (I thought) but I just kept thinking about the germs they carry and whether or not it was going to try to come into bed with us.

The mouse was coming out each night when everything was quiet. Dustin bought glue traps so we had those set up as well as 4 or 5 of the other ones. We used different things for bait (I now know that mice do like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal mixed with peanut butter) and every time we checked, the food was gone but no mouse was caught. It was driving me nuts! Dustin and I even chased him around the house with a broom and a Swiffer and couldn't catch up to him (almost sitcom material, I'm sure!)

I was beginning to think we had an exceptionally smart mouse on our hands. Then, last night, sweet success! Well... sort of sweet. We did catch the mouse but it was on one of the glue traps. When I saw him trying to get off of the thing I was almost in tears. I hadn't really put a lot of thought into the disposal of a mouse on a glue trap. Do you put him out of his misery? And how?

I'm still trying to figure out how I went from a fiesty mouse hunter (just ask Dustin how obsessed I was) to a mouse sympathizer in a matter of seconds. I only hope I don't have to deal with this again any time soon.


  1. We can sympathize many, many times over!!! Every time I smacked one of those things, I had a little remorse seeing its cute carcass laying there. Then I thought about the last few days of being unnerved by its presence and was okay. I have become quite a proficiant mouse hunter, so let me know if you have any more problems. I can come and use my skills!!!

  2. Yuk!! One time, a long time ago, Joel and I were cleaning out our pole building. I bent down to pick up a box and a mouse ran up my arm and jumped off of my shoulder. I'm glad you got him.