Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Mouse!!!!!!!


We have a mouse in our house!!! Tyler and Mackenzie were in our living room when they both saw a mouse run across our kitchen floor behind our stove. When they both exclaimed that they had seen in a mouse my mind went completely blank and I just sat there trying to comprehend what they were saying. How long had this mouse been living with us? How many meals had we provided this mouse? How many meals had it helped us cook? After living here for more than a year we had never seen so much as a spider in this house. I felt like we were living in a steel fortress. I now feel like a submarine captain who has just found out there there is a leak in his vessel. Well we started to move the stove and fridge when all of a sudden the mouse jumped out from behind the stove and ran behind our radiator (I will admit that I yelped and jumped into the next room involuntarily). Armed with brooms and boxes we tried to corner it but it squeezed through a crack in the linoleum. I feel violated. I feel like some voyeur has been peeking through our windows for the past couple of months (which actually happened a few weeks ago for realz! Creepy!). What should we do? Any advice for a good method of getting rid of it? We're not sure if we want to kill it or not, so we are considering all methods at the moment...

6 comments:

lorrie said...

Yikes! That is not fun--I will always remember opening our pantry door, and Kathy Reynolds saying, "There's a mouse!" It was just sitting there, on top of our flour container. I gasped, grabbed a broom, but it ran across the room and escaped through the grill in the gas fireplace! The mouse may be gone for that reason! But...in the event that it's not, I'd go with D-con. Carol, my ever-worried neighbor, baits them with peanut butter and a mousetrap. The DCon will make the mouse crawl off and die somewhere, (it's poison) which Carol claims is inhumane. She thinks it's better to just have it's little neck snapped quickly, then you have to dispose of it, which I think is inhumane. The problem is, mice can flatten themselves and squeeze through the tiniest of holes. You may also want to stuff the hole it escaped through with steel wool, that way it can't come back the same way it escaped, at least. Good luck, sweetie!

Grace said...

We had 2 mice in the fall/winter when the weather started turning. I was all about killing the disease infested rodents so we set traps with peanut butter on them (When I say we, I mean Jake). We ended up getting both but it makes me shiver just thinking about it.

Kirt said...

Another way to kill them is to starve them to death by depriving them of food and shelter. I fear you might have a nest of little ones breeding by the minute in your den admidst your boxes and bundles. Make sure there are no crumbs left around. But mostly, don't live in old houses where there are all kinds of opportunities to hide out. Can't wait to see what you find when you move.

So, is Kenzie excited about moving in?

Malorie said...

no way Kenz is moving into our place. She was there in the summer, and after that she didn't want to step foot in that 90 degree fun house.

The Broadbents said...

Mouse trap for sure. I think there are also some sticky traps you can put down if you don't want to kill it, but I think after several days of not catching it I think you will opt for killing it. And about the Peeping Tom, WHAT?! Hopefully Jon took care of him.

Jon said...

I would have but he saw how big my muscles are and took off as fast as he could.