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Either it's cold outside 
29th-Nov-2007 10:04 pm
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Or our small neighbors are wimps.

I got home at 9 or so this evening. Walked through the kitchen which had a light turned on, toward the steps which didn't. At one point I saw something move. Didn't hear a thing. Wondered if it was perhaps a leaf, or if I'd kicked something that rolled... but the trajectory was wrong. Spouse was upstairs, heard my commentary, put on shoes, and came down. I pointed at where I'd last seen motion and he confirmed that we have a mouse. *sigh*

The last time I had a mouse was in the trailer, and that was the year that it was -17 F. -50 with wind chill. My heat tape was working but the pipes still froze. And I found "sign" there, but never saw the critter. Here, other than a few items appearing to have fallen over while we were at 'Bana, I've seen no sign at all. Well, I've not seen the critter either, but I've seen it's shadow.

If you've seen the inside of my house, you might be surprised that I can find the bed, the stove or the fridge, but I went right to the live traps that I bought back in the trailer and baited one. And now I wait. And walk more carefully.
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30th-Nov-2007 04:12 am (UTC)
I have mice at the moment too. They are apparently more intelligent than I, since they can remove the bait without springing the traps. They have, in fact, demonstrated this 3 times. I have sadly had to resort to trying to poison them. It's not my first choice, but it's unsanitary to have them running across my kitchen counters.
30th-Nov-2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
In the trailer I think they'd gang up -- the traps would be sprung, the bait gone, but nobody'd be inside, so I could just see one saying "hey Fred -- hold this door open while I fetch the goods".

As much as I don't like the idea of killing critters, it may be that the snap-trap is ... better ... than poison. Faster to kill, and while you have an uggy body to deal with, you don't have them rotting in your walls.
30th-Nov-2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
What are you using as bait?

We've found that peanut butter works very well. Strong enough scent to attract them, but not something they can easily carry away from the trap.

Husband has to deal with the bodies. I'll deal with the live animals, but not the dead ones.
30th-Nov-2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
They've removed peanut butter, ham, and bread with peanut butter. But, happily, they also seem to like poison.
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