AS I type there is the most satisfying sound of a mousetrap going SNAP! somewhere in the house.
There are no less than 7 of them set in various places all baited with different tit bits.
In case you are wondering they are partial to chocolate, peanut butter, regular butter and one of my Mouse Busters recommended using a KP Skip. All were met with much appreciation. So much so they cleaned their plates and asked for more.
What I’ve learned so far: it’s not what’s in the trap, it’s the trap itself. Three out of my seven traps are of the old fashioned wooden variety. The other four are fancy already baited plastic gizmos that take ages to set and then go off as soon as you slide them carefully onto the ground, yet withstand the weight of a mouse nibbling at the bait.
Stick with the wooden variety.
There have been mice in every house I lived in. Except Dublin. 10 years in Dublin and I never saw a mouse. Everywhere else there have been mice running about as I watched TV. There were droppings and mice caught in traps baited with chocolate and peanut butter. And up until now no odours.
What I have learned so far: Mice don’t have to be dead and rotting underneath your floorboards to stink. They manage this very nicely as they live and breathe. This is down to the male of the rotten species by all accounts. The little bastards are fond of marking their pathways apparently. My house stinks.
I know someone who once had a mouse live in their car. They can and will get in anywhere. A week since we set the first traps and I see mice everywhere. They are still running over our feet and up the stairs. Mister Husband admitted he reckons there is a nest in his tool room as he can hear “lots of them.”
What I have learned so far: let’s say the trap doesn’t get them. Then a mouse can look forward to a lifespan of anything from 9 - 12 months. They are ready to reproduce at four months old. A female mouse can have 60 offspring in her lifetime. They are an evolutionary marvel in that water is not essential to their survival (mores the pity). Their hydration needs are met solely through the foods they eat. Even dry stuff.
Plenty of people have told me to get a cat. I don’t want a cat. Even one that lives outside. I have no truck with cats. Cats are not for me. It looks like I am stuck with the traps for the moment.
What I have learned so far: Don’t share your delight over that morning’s mice cull (three!) with your kids when they come home from school and subsequently serve up sweet and sour pork.
Aaaaagh!! I don't know how you are coping!! We had a mouse (or mice) when we first moved in...I called Rentokill, they charged a fortune but all I could think of was GET THEM OUT!! ( btw...did they eat the sweet and sour pork??)ReplyDelete
The worst kill was a lovely big fat one and then I started wondering if IT was a she. A she with babies!!!!!!! Stop thinking! Stop thinking!!! The sweet and sour was devine. The kids picked at it though. But who cares? I already admitted I was making it for myself!ReplyDelete
I think mice are nice... but only when they live outside! Now if you had said rats I'd be hiding under my chair ;)ReplyDelete
Oh dear. Once Upon a Time there WAS a rat. But he was dead. But my husband found it. In the dark. In our attic. Wet. Slimy. STINKY!Delete
I'm sorry I read this.....you seem a bit too calm!!!!!!! I HATE cats but would fill my house with them if this was my post. We are lucky to have a couple of wild cats around that patrol the place. If you know anyone with a mutt of a terrier he might sort the place out for you. I'll be awake all night now hearing gnawing and squeaking!ReplyDelete
Caught two this morning! Me - 1 Mice - ZERO!!!!! Well, give me time!Delete
I was awake at 5am this morning - really thought I could hear one scratching in the bedroom. Was totally freaked out!!! We cannot seem to win against them and now I can see whyReplyDelete
They are simply a fact of live and it is mouse season. Once the fields are harvested they have nowhere else to go- except indoors. Set traps. Set lots of traps. There is immense satisfaction at hearing that SNAP.Delete
There are diverse decisions of mouse traps available to be purchased in the market today, from the primitive snap traps to new-style electronic mouse executioners. The primitive snap trap has been at a bargain for quite a while now.ReplyDelete