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9th-Nov-2009 09:53 am
Pirate Mouse
This morning I put on my winter coat that I've been wearing for about a week. For some reason I stuck my hand deep into a pocket, past the glove and hat that live there.

Found something... crumbly. What could that be? Birdseed.

The glove seemed fine, but when I pulled the hat out, it had been a bit chewed, and birdseed was embedded all over its fuzzy surface. Dusted it off, stuck it in the laundry, emptied the pocket of (mostly eaten) birdseed...

They've gotten into a zipped up bag containing one of my crochet projects. They ate my entire stash of Hershey's Cherry Cordial Kisses. I don't yet know if the hat is still usable. And worse, I don't know if the "pocket" is old, or if it was done within the last week... or even within the last 10 hours.

As I make my (admittedly very slow) progress on cleaning the house, I dread what I might find. Now _there_ is incentive for you!
9th-Nov-2009 03:31 pm (UTC)

Don't you have cats? If not, I can loan you some. :-)

Of course, they can be as destructive as the mice, just in different ways.
11th-Nov-2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
No cats. No pets. As late as I can be kept at work, and as much as I like to travel it wouldn't be a good thing for the pet. Or for my house which is already trashed enough thank-you-very-much.

I do cat-sit, and like them well, but the presents in odd places and the occasional destroyed item... I think I'll just borrow other people's cats (in someone else's house).

I've seen evidence of mouse in the house before, but this is the first year in the last 15 or so that they've been a problem.
9th-Nov-2009 03:58 pm (UTC) - Bummer!
Hey, at least you didn't find a mouse in your coat pocket! See, it could have been worse!!!

I have been letting my (retired) showcat into the garage on a daily basis, hoping her scent will scare the buggers away. So far, no difference: in fact, they have chewed through the heavy duty Rubbermaid containers holding the birdseed I keep out there. OTOH, the daily ritual seems to make the cat really happy.
9th-Nov-2009 04:01 pm (UTC) - Re: Bummer!

My experience has been that cats don't keep the rodents out of a house, they just ensure they aren't there long.
10th-Nov-2009 05:35 am (UTC) - Re: Bummer!
But cats don't eat your chocolate!

The downside of indoor/outdoor cats is that they will go outdoors, catch prey, and bring it into the house to play with.

While I understand the desire to 'catch and release', I think it is time to consider something that kills them. Releasing the little vermin a mile away from your house just lets them invade someone else's house. They obviously want to be inside, and know how to find a way.

It is only going to get worse as the weather gets colder.
11th-Nov-2009 04:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Bummer!
Maybe I need to find a hawk nest to release them near.
11th-Nov-2009 04:47 pm (UTC) - Re: Bummer!
Wow. My critters haven't chewed through the container I keep the birdseed in yet. (Oh joy, something to look forward to.)

As long as it didn't bite me, I'd not mind finding a mouse in my pocket. If it bit me, I guess I'd need to put it in a jar, take it to the ER, and be responsible for its death.

Yay for making your kitty happy. (Boo for it not scaring away the mice.) Maybe you need to do it at random other-times as well. (Maybe they're figured out the time-frame when it's safe?)
10th-Nov-2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I had rodents invade one of my old cars and they (it?) would run across the dash as we drove down the road. I was startled but very glad that I'm not terrified of the pests.
11th-Nov-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh my. If it's distracting me while I drive it's gone, one way or another. That sound like a "very funny in hindsight" experience.
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