Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mouse in the house.

Lately we have had a mouse running around the house. I has been seen at random hours, running into and out of our small bedroom which is right next to our furnace. Mouse has been leaving signs and seen running around for about a month or more. Finally we went out and got traps on Sunday night. We got home and eventually got them set up and baited, then we went about our evening, pretty much forgetting that we had set out traps. My DH looks up from the book he was reading and goes, "Huh, I wonder..." Then he goes into the kitchen, comes out and starts getting dressed. He had been in his pj's so this was very unusual. I was confused and kept asking him where he was going, since it was fairly obvious he was getting dressed to go somewhere. He told me he was going tot he recycling center, which isn't far away, but still the recycling center? In the middle of the night? Then he said not to worry, he was going to the composting area of the recycling center and not all the way around to the front. He put on his coat and started looking for gloves. Once he had them on, he came out of the kitchen carrying one of the tripped traps. Ah, now that made more sense, he was taking the mouse to the compost recycling area. He explained when he got back that it seemed the best chance of survival for the mouse. The compost provides heat and food. Once he got back we again went about our evening, after we reset the trap int he same spot. He asked a little before we were going to go to bed it I heard that tapping sound. I said that I thought so. He went and checked.
Sure enough we had trapped another mouse.
This time we went to the recycling center together, to release the mouse. We got back home, rebaited the trap (we had neglected to rebait it after cleaning it out after the first one was caught) and reset it up where it was and went to bed. I checked on it when I got up to use the restroom, and sure enough we had trapped another one. DH took it to the recycling center after we got up for good and after his shower.
So far we haven't caught anymore, and I am hoping we have gotten rid of our infestation. I thought we only had the one mouse, so it was a bit of a surprise to catch three of them. No wonder they had been so bold, they were many.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I love that your husband wanted these litle mice to have a chance of survival...! And you, too, of course....Waaaaay back when, my mother did a renovation of the living room-porch area..And before you know it we had a family of little mice living in one particular area of the living room....We used to watch them and it was pretty fascinating, I must say. I do nit recall how we finally got rid of them. I think an exterminator was called....I hate to think about it, I must say....I thought they were really really cute! (lol)

And Michele thinks so too! She says HI!

kenju said...

Thanks for the visit.

We recently discovered that we had a mouse (or maybe more) in the wet bar in our den. He had used paper toweling from the cabinet under the bar sink to make a nest, by shredding it. I don't know how long he had been there because we never use the wet bar and hadn't opened the cabinets there in a long time. When I did open them, I found instant evidence that something that didn't belong had been there...LOL


Will the recycling center get upset if they know you dropped them off there? Husband thinks that there are probably lots of mice at the recycling center. Michele sent me.

Bob-kat said...

LOL! Where there is one mouse you can pretty much guarantee that there are more. I lived in a house with mice once and they do get very bold indeed! I hope they are happy in the recycling centre compost :)

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Always nice to meet new bloggers!

amy said...

we have not had one of those yet and I am hoping I am not home alone when we do

Lallee said...

LOL Maybe they were Ratatouie cousins.

You aksed me about Etsy. I love Etsy! It's very user friendly and I think their prices are fair. Read over the tutorial, and then visit the forums. I have learned a lot reading those. I started by listing just a handful of things until I tried it out. Best of luck!

Rachel said...

It's sweet that your husband was so concerned with the mouse's wellbeing. I'm sure the mouse will be very happy in the compost pile!

We have had all sorts of vermin here. For a while we had a raccoon; sadly, it died under the house and raised a great stink.