Monday, January 8, 2007
Mus musculus...other common names: house mouse
OK, get ready to squirm, I'm still doing so, I keep itching and feeling all crawly and I'm at work, not at home, I have not spied the little eyes of said mice. I will not sleep well tonight!
We are having a half-bath installed on the 2nd floor of our home, it's going into an attic space that is off a spare bedroom. Our contractor pulled out some insulation this afternoon and three mice ran out! One he managed to "get with a brick" according to my husband...hard not to get the mental image of that bloodshed taking place even though I prefer not to! The other two he said ran down the chimney hole...the chimney had been removed from our house before we bought it, so there's a empty chimney hole as I call it that goes down to our basement, which was so handy for the contractor to drop the plumbing down, well, now two mice may have met one of the following fates:
a. mice one and two may have fallen to their death (not such a terrible option since they would not be scurrying in my basement) ...bringing me to option b.
b. mice one may have made it down alive and two may not have, or vice versa...or
c. I may have two mice scurrying around my basement, in my stuff, or trying to find their way upstairs, not difficult if they just squeeze under the door and up the steps, which grosses me out further as the first place they would end up would be either in my kitchen or living room...GREAT! We also have two cats and an 18-month-old. Can you sense my excitement with the possibilities running through my head...I'm going insane with the thoughts and find it difficult to get any work done now!
My husband says we'll get some traps tonight and see what happens...WONDERFUL solution dear...let's hope & pray that "what happens" is not our daughter having any kind of contact with these mice, our cats don't leave us presents anywhere and if they do that our daughter...and me for that matter...have no contact with them!
Off to Walmart tonight for mouse traps...the recommended sticky box kind as well as the spring kind, my husband is dealing with this, I'm not risking my fingers in the springs and don't want anything to do with it. I'll call the exterminator (which I prefer) if we catch even one more mouse with these traps, in fact, if we catch none I still prefer a call to the rodent killers!
Wish us luck!
Posted by Not So Anonymous Michelle