We have another mouse!

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
August 6, 2008 7:19am CST
And it's not a pet... A while back my son spotted a mouse in the cupboard and sure enough, there were some droppings. But what was really strange was that none of the food had been tampered with. The boxes had not been chewed through, the flour and sugar were intact. It was really strange. And to just have one mouse - we didn't see droppings anywhere else. So, we put a trap out and that night got the thing. End of story ---- Or so we thought! This morning my husband is getting ready for work, watching the news like he always does and he notices movement in front of the TV, by the dogs pillow. It's another mouse! Again, no signs in the food areas of the house. I haven't looked very well, but I don't see any droppings yet. So, he put the trap out, and about 5 minutes after he left I hear it SNAP! I'm thinking "Man, that was quick!!" But when I went to check it, it was empty. That little bugger got the peanut butter and ran away. I reloaded the trap and set it back out. Hopefully it'll be in there tonight when we get home! Have you ever had just one mouse? Shouldn't there be a family of them or something???
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I have had a mouse I think?????? Quite a while ago, I was on my couch watching TV and heard noises coming from my bedroom. When I went into my room that night I noticed sawdust on the floor, where something was eating the wooden floor. When I went into my closet I saw droppings. I told my father and he gave me some tablets and said just use one or two this is very powerful. I put down three, I did not stay in my house because I am terribly afraid of them and I was living alone at that time. When I went back home and checked, I saw that one of the tablets was gone, I stayed at my parents house again that night. The next day when I checked the two tablets were still there. And that was the end of Mickey. I left the tablets just to make sure that nothing else was there. I had no problem since. But this was when the weather was changing and it was getting colder. Maybe the little, (using your word) bugger was looking for a place to bring the family for the winter
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
6 Aug 08
AH! So he was house-hunting... Very interesting point. Well, hopefully the trap he barely escapde this morning will make him realize this is NOT the place for him!
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
7 Aug 08
People tell me there is never just one mouse. Last winter I was lying on the sofa watching TV when a mouse ran across the room, then I heard the noise in the wall between the kitchen and the living room. I bought 4 live traps and caught nothing. I had to put all my food away because there were droppings on the counter in the morning. I told the building management. I live in a condo on the 7th floor, believe it or not. The super came and brought me some snap and kill traps. I baited them with peanut butter and checked them every morning. No results. Then one morning I found a big hole in the pocket of my ski jacket, which was in the front hall. I bought a package of poison and left a little pile on the kitchen floor. In the morning I noticed the mouse (mice) had dragged the poison into the live trap until the entrance to this trap was totally blocked. Then when I went out I put on my beautiful 3/4-length winter jacket and I noticed a big hole bitten out of the sleeve. By that time I was really despairing and depressed. I cleaned every day, moved the furniture and made sure not a scrap of food was left anywhere. The building management told me they could arrange for Pest Control to come. It would mean moving all the food out of the house, cutting a hole into the cupboards under the sink and spending a day elsewhere since they would use gas. I did not want that. Then other people told me I should get the glue traps. I did not want that since it is cruel Most stores do not sell them anymore either. Finally I bought a package just in case. One evening I was watching TV again and there all of a sudden I saw another mouse in front of the TV. I jumped up; it ran under the TV console. Now I knew where it was. I duct taped the space between the floor and all the doors except a one inch hole and put a glue trap on the other side of the door. Then I rattled and shook the TV console. The mouse ran out, scooted along the hall and entered my bedroom through the hole at the bottom of the door. I heard a squeak and there it was stuck on the glue trap. I threw the poor creature into a bucket of water and put the bucket on the balcony. It gets really cold in the winter here. The mouse was gone in a few seconds. So I hope you have better luck.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I don't care for the glue traps, they are not very efficeint. I like the kind that snap and get it over with. We did get the mouse yesterday, but we'll need to put it out to see if there are any more. I hope you didn't have any more problems. As far as I can tell, we haven't had any damage or food eaten. I have no clue why they're even in my house!
• Canada
7 Aug 08
I don't know either why they climbed to the 7th Floor in the ventilation shafts or walls. I also left the traps out for 2 weeks to see if there were any more mice. Yes, you should do that too. Hope you are rid of them.w
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@sunshinecup (7880)
7 Aug 08
Yeah we had that problem and like you I couldn't figure out what in the world they could be eating since nothing seemed to be touched. Then one night while I was sitting on the couch watching TV, I seen what those little turds were doing, they were running to the dogs dish and getting the dog food and running off with it! They are some slick little boogers. I also thought at one time it was just one mouse, but after catching about three I realized even though I was just seeing one at a time, there were more. Again, these things are smart and very under estimated, LOL.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
7 Aug 08
We look for droppings and stuff, but never see any. Then we see a mouse and are very perplexed!
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
7 Aug 08
]Hey reiny! I've thankfully never had any mice, but my be my best gf did. She had me lmao! She sure didn't have one, she had as she and her daughters would say the mother, father, aunts, uncles, babies, cousins, all different colors, sizes shapes. Her daughters who are 15 & 16 started naming them! I'm serious! I think they finally got the situation under control after months of hell! Now they have the worst type of hell that anyone could ever suffer with-bed bugs! I told her I'm not coming over for a very long time (like never!). I don't even want her to hug I'm so freaked out!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I think your friend needs to fumigate her place for a week and get rid of all of them! We had roaches really bad in a house we lived in as kids and it was almost impossible to get rid of them. I think we got our mouse though, and I'm hoping the rest of the family went somewhere else!
@GardenGerty (126949)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I only see evidence, and that only occasionally. Usually my cats get them before I ever see them. I used to put fresh mint in my drawers and that deterred them. Maybe your mouse is feasting on the dog food. When I worked Wal Mart receiving a million years ago we had some monster sized mice, because they kept eating the Hi Protein Dog Chow. Maybe that is why the little bugger was smart enough to get the peanut butter, he has good brain synapses from eating dog food. It seems like even the mice are realizing refined carbs are not the best choice. I have known people who had mice chew through their Tupperware to get at the contents, though.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Well, if this mouse is getting to our dog food, it's VERY resourceful. We feed our dog a raw diet and all her food is either in the freezer or thawing in the fridge. That would have been one of the first places I'd have looked though if we were using dry food. I really didn't check the stuff I have in Tupperware... I guess I should. I just looked at the boxes and bags in the cupboard. I guess I have homework tonight when I get home!