We hadn’t seen any evidence of the mouse around the house in a while. If you missed it, our little tale began with Sightings and Hauntings. Hmm, maybe it left we hoped, knowing it was highly unlikely. We’ve been so busy that we’ve just been glad that it was gone.
That is until we began moving things around the garage. Aha! Evidence was everywhere that it had found it’s new home and was making itself comfortable. With abundant dog food and free access to the trash can this little mouse was all set!
We covered both the dog food and trash can and after reading all of your advice on how to catch mice we finally combined all of it. We put peanut butter on the $1 traps and put chocolate on top of that. Then we surrounded that with glue traps close to the trash can in the garage where it had been getting its food. It was a sure deal!
The next morning Jason mournfully said, “Well, we caught the mouse–poor little thing!” Sure enough there it was. The chocolate missing from the not yet sprung trap and the live and very fat little mouse caught on the glue trap. I declared it inhuman to let it starve to death so my hero killed it with a board. It was a tragic way to die…even for a mouse!
So that’s that…we hope! We’re not taking any chances though; we have an identical trap set again tonight just in case…
I’m linked with Works for Me Wednesday.
There are likely more. I was just complaining/blogging about Friday how I’ve now caught FOUR mice in my minivan. Grrrr. They’re so cute I can’t bear to put them out of their misery either- I wait until my husband gets home to do it.
Mice are so yucky. Glad you caught him! Hopefully that’s all there were!
P V Ariel says
That trap and catch is really interesting.
But your siblings awarded the Poor fellow a starve to death. 🙂
This post made our day.
Karen Greenberg says
Oh, I’m so glad I’ve never had to do that. I would feel terrible! But, I don’t want a mouse running around the house, either. I’m glad you caught your little invader.
dr momi says
I was wondering what happened to the mouse just the other day. Hope it was the only one….but you know my thoughts on that 🙂
I am so glad that you caught your mouse. There may be more!
Well, finally! The post got me thinking about the one I wrote a while back about rats in South Africa. At least it was only a mouse, ey?
Optimistic Mom says
Hopefully its the only one…. better safe than sorry. We learned the hard way. Keeping fingers crossed for you.
That’s why we’ve only used kill traps – so we don’t have to deal with the live critter! My in-laws will only use live traps, and then they keep and feed the mouse in a 5-gallon bucket until they have time to drive it out to the countryside and set it free. Which I find weird. But whatever.
I once found a newborn mouse right smack in the middle of my living room…I FROZE!!!! Once I began to function (if you can call it functioning) I poured a cup of household cleanser.. handed it over to Branden..six years old at the time, and forced him to pour the cleanser on him. I didnt finish there..I grabbed a plastic bag and continued to instruct my son to pick him with an envelope and toss him into the bag….All the while…he was all teary eyed saying…I never wanted to kill a mouse..I felt horrible! I just couldn’t physically make myself get any closer that 3 feet to it..
Susan Evans says
Funny. The last few years I’ve had some very comical experiences with those teeny-tiny brown mice. My cat once brought one to me in the middle of the night. A few other times I’ve ended up chasing them around my living room. One took a dive off the stairs and onto my easy chair. I’ve done glue traps. Hate ’em. The no-kill/no see traps are okay. But the only thing I’ve found that keeps them away is good old-fashioned poison. I put them in the crawl space under my house and replace them every so often. No more mice! http://www.ChildSensitive.Blogspot.com
Yes the traps didn’t work for me either. They would steal the food.
But they aren’t going for the poison either.
I hate hearing that scratchy sound on my pipes. I keep threatening the cat, she better go do her job but she gets all scared and ends up perched high waiting for me to open the door back inside.
The gloss girls says
Ugh ….it’s never just one!!!
Now I’m feeling better about our mice — at least we’ve never had one in the van! (Although one did get some of my yarn and make a nest under the hood of hubby’s SUV — but that was an outside mouse. Totally different than in-the-house-mice.)
Gross! He killed it with a board? Yuck! I’m going to have that visual with me all night now (LOL).