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17th-Jan-2010 07:29 pm
Pirate Mouse
Spouse had a potential sighting (downstairs), so I went to the default location (the pantry).

There's a problem with having secured all standard mouse-food (like birdseed) in difficult-to-get-through containers.

There's a problem with buying flour in 25 pound bags when one doesn't have a sufficiency of Large Pickle Jars into which to transfer it as soon as it comes home.

It broke my frugal little heart, but I just threw away probably between 7 and 10 pounds of all-purpose flour, due to the fact that the bag had been opened from the bottom, and not by me.

The only saving grace to that is that the previously unopened 25 pound bag of bread flour seems to be intact.

Gotta go buy more pickles...

And start checking the trap twice a day... again.
18th-Jan-2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Check with your local bakery, grocey store, or warehouse club with bakery. I've scored the big icing buckets for really cheap to free for the asking. Scrub it out well, dry it, and you're ready to go :) Cheap = $1 each at one Hy-Vee nearby, free at a different Hy-Vee and at the local Sam's Club. I can get an entire 20-25 lb of flour in one (or 20 lbs of sugar).
18th-Jan-2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Good idea. Thanks. I'm currently making due with smaller containers, like the pickle jars and the ones cream puffs come in at Sam's (carefully labelled... somehow I can't always tell flour from powdered sugar from baking soda without tasting).
18th-Jan-2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
I write on the pail in large letters with a sharpie as to what's inside :) Make sure to label the side of the pail (in case the lid gets misplaced); I label the lid, since I set the pails on the floor in the pantry, and it's easier to get the right one when I'm pulling something out :)
18th-Jan-2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have a "Brother" labeler, and have been using that. And yeah, I put the sticker on the side.
18th-Jan-2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Want a cat or two? I very seldom have mice eating things in my house, tho I do have to clean up a carcass or two in the fall.
18th-Jan-2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'm responsible enough for a cat -- disappearing for days or weeks at a time -- waking up too tired & not remembering simple things. (Today it was to check the trap, but it could as well have been to feed my beast) -- plus my nose makes it ... difficult ... to handle the litter box -- and I have too much stuff disorganized and all over (and while they might like it, I don't want to find kitty-hork on my bank statements.) Don't want my books or records shredded if they have claws. I have little enough time as it is, and to have to take more time for vet trips, especially if one becomes sickly... or to have to decide "do I spend $1,000 for medicine/operation/whatever... (Yes? well how about $5,000...) Just no. Although I do love cats, and am very happy to visit with or help take care of &/or medicate the ones left by friends who are on long vacations... (Yes, I even do the box... and I count the days until their return.)

With the exception of the one beastly winter in the trailer, this is the first time the mice have been a real problem. I don't know if it's coincidental that the problem started while we were having construction done and there were holes in one side of the house. :-) But that was a while ago, and I hadn't seen any sign in quite a while, so unfortunately, there must be some other enticing entrance. (I know... there always is...)
18th-Jan-2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
post to freecycle for buckets. i could give you a few of mine that i get from cat litter. like a previous person said, just wash em out and you got lids and everything. i've had squirrels get through one once, ever, and i put everything in there, including birdseed, stored outside. remind me if we both goto next smegs
18th-Jan-2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks. (& I have bags & pill bottles for you too.)
18th-Jan-2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Have you got available freezer space?

My mom once had access to a bulk supplier of various things back when I was a kid growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast. We also had a decent-sized chest-type freezer, and the bags of flour went in there.
19th-Jan-2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
No spare freezer space. Just the cubbie at the top of the fridge. Should we ever _get_ a chest freezer, though, I may well start doing that.
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