They’ve always arrived without invitation. Roaming around as if they pay the mortgage, eating stuff I leave on the counter, going to the bathroom behind the stove. I’ve spent a lot of time researching how to get rid of my family members but neither poison, bait or traps work. They keep showing up.
I rarely invite anyone over to my house and yet there always seems to be someone here. They usually have a fork in their mouth.
So it should come as no surprise that my latest houseguests, an extended family of wildly erratic mice that I assume rolled in on some kind of low rent party bus, also arrived without a single invitation from me. Which makes sense since this is more of a hotel to them than someone else’s home. I mean, you don’t wait for The Hilton to invite you over. You just show up at the hotel and start dropping towels on the floor. Of course, you’re generally expected to pay for your stay but things are clearly different in the mouse world. For one thing they have no pants in which to store currency.
I figure this particular mouse family has probably been vacationing at Hotel Bertelsen for over 1,784,392 generations.
Over the course of my 17 years or so here, I’ve had to evict mice every few years. It’s not that I’m afraid of mice or even all that bothered by seeing one skitter across the foyer, followed by a pouncing cat. I just know the kind of damage they can do.
Mice like chewing on things: wood, wires, food, cushions, heirloom vegetable seeds lovingly gathered and carefully stored in paper envelopes for future generations to come. Also noses. I have no actual proof but if presented with a nose I’m sure a mouse would chew on that as well.
If you have a mouse problem and a pantry with flour, sugar, cereal, chocolate or really anything that isn’t protected by a layer of titanium and Gorilla Glue, a mouse is going to find it and a mouse is going to feast and fecal on it. You may or may not realize this before you make a batch of flour and chocolate filled cookies. So getting rid of mice for me isn’t an Eek a mouse situation so much as a health and bakety issue.
Last week I told you about the basics of my infestation and capture methods. Today I’m going to let you know about all the little things you can do to help increase your chances of actually catching mice and ensuring they leave this world with a quick and humane kill.
I’m talking about how to properly bait and set regular wood, snap traps here since it’s the most affordable and widely available choice. They also work great if you use them properly.
The other thing you need to know is if you plan on visiting my house and eating my food you’d better be wearing pants and please pick up your towels.