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What I found in the pantry 
1st-Nov-2009 11:59 am
Bad food
This morning I went downstairs looking for breakfast. Heard a noise, a scrabbling. Opened the pantry door and it stopped. I noticed that the mouse-trap had closed.

Decided to put on clothes and do a walk, letting it go part-way. Spouse joined me. I was really hoping it would be a different mouse than the last time, because if it's the same one, after one more try, dropping it off a car-drive away, I was going to have to consider killing it. Relief -- it was different. A medium grey, much smaller critter. And very, very scared. The trap was vibrating as I carried it.

For the past couple of weeks, we've had a large hole in one of the walls of the house as construction was being done -- but middle of last week that was finished -- so I was considering taking the traps down. Guess that is not to be.
1st-Nov-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
I hope you're remembering to give these mice stern lectures as you release them, about how they'd better get a proper Green Card before trying to come back.
1st-Nov-2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
*grin* My tolerance is a bit lower than that. I've let them know that although I personally like them, they're not welcome, and if I notice them again there is the spectre of the *snap*trap.
1st-Nov-2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
You're way more humane than I am...but after 22 mice one year I just don't have the patience for anything other than snap! Only 2 caught so far this fall but it's early. Still, we closed up some holes, so I hope there will be fewer anyway.
1st-Nov-2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
This is only the 2nd one I've EVER caught. Now that the chimney is back up and that wall sealed, if we still get them, I'll have to hunt for (other) holes. We've been in this house a dozen years, and as I recall, there was only one other year when I thought we had a critter. Never caught it.
1st-Nov-2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I live captured 5 this week. Before Halloween. I tended to blame Missy Mousey before on smelling the chocolate being given out on Halloween and thought they got in the front door.
This time, the activity was around the kitchen back corner. Checked around on Saturday daytime and plugged up some places they might be using to get in--not the best, some bubble wrap, but it packed well. So far, no additional captures, no additional evidence. New live capture trap seems more complicated and only captures one at a time. Simpler previous design I used ended up with 2 or three in the trap at a time. Then, I called the first set Larry, Moe and Curly and imagined a mousey Three Stoges scence with Curly finding the food, Larry wanting to join in, and Moe shoving ahead of both of them numbskulls to be first to the snack.
2nd-Nov-2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Hah! I hadn't realized they liked chocolate until I found the remnants of my stash.

The traps I have are really only big enough for one. And I'm amazed that they both have managed to turn around inside of them. (About an inch square, and maybe 3 inches long.)
2nd-Nov-2009 12:02 am (UTC)
i just hope that if i do have live mice, my cats are the fearless mousers they claim to be when they attack the fake mice.
2nd-Nov-2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
...And that they don't like you so much that they'll present them to you in bed -- live or dead?
2nd-Nov-2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
they like to leave me "presents" right in front of the bedroom door. *that* i can deal with (:
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