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20th-Jan-2010 07:20 pm
Pirate Mouse
The sighting on Monday was not "potential".

When I looked into the pantry, the first thing I saw was the trap still set. The second thing I saw was the pile of birdseed in front of the trap. The third thing I saw was a small bundle of brown scurry, bouncing from the floor to the first shelf, to the second, and than back down to the floor. At one point it looked at me, but quickly decided I wasn't going to eat it, so it didn't go hide. By Tuesday there was also a pile of seed behind the (empty) shelf to more efficiently serve cans. I set up the rolling pin with a smear of PB atop a rolling pin across the top of a bucket. Don't know it can't climb out of the bucket, but it hasn't been tested yet. (Yes, I left the broom nearby for use as a ladder getting in.) And if I see one has taken the PB but not been trapped, the next step will be to grease the bucket!

Today I cleaned up both of those piles and (painstakingly) re-set the trap -- the door is SO touchy that this is a chore. I also cleaned up the larger pile of seed on the ground behind the bottles waiting to be returned.

On the way home, I stopped off at Sam's Club, and found someone from the bakery, who got all the icing containers I'd asked for and more, verifying that the lids fit. Very very nice woman.

Extra thanks to the 2 folks who gave me the ideas used above. (Rolling pin & icing.)
21st-Jan-2010 02:06 am (UTC)
I've got a mouse, or mice, myself. It is pretty brave, too.
27th-Jan-2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hope yours deserts your premises soon.
21st-Jan-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
small bundle of brown scurry

What a marvelous description of a mouse!
27th-Jan-2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
21st-Jan-2010 04:46 am (UTC)
If you get any evidence that the mouse is falling into but getting out of the bucket, a (mostly-lethal) countermeasure is to fill the bucket with enough water that the the mouse can't jump out and can't stand on the bottom and rest. It will exhaust itself swimming, and drown.
27th-Jan-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm really hoping to avoid killing it, and drowning seems less kind than the snap traps... Anyhow, there's no evidence yet that the bucket is of any interest.
21st-Jan-2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Well, I'm trying a new strategy. There are two kinds of electronic mouse repellers on the market, those with speakers and those (Riddex is the best-known) that somehow make a hum come out of the house wiring that drives them out of the walls. I bought one dual=speaker Victor pest repeller for my bedroom on Dec. 26th and haven't had any activity in that room since. So, today I wiped out all they had of those and the same brand in a single-speaker variety, and set them up all over the house. I also had the exterminator out to seal the cracks and possible entrances - I've had one sighting since the sealing, which either means they're still getting in, or there is at least one of them that's too smart to get caught in a trap.

The Riddex gets hideously bad reviews on Amazon.

I'll let you know if it works. The instructions say it can take 2-3 weeks.
21st-Jan-2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
In my experience, the critter repellers will scare things out temporarily, like for a few hours. (Enough for an exterminator to seal cracks while they're outside.) Then, the mice/rats/squirrels etc. just get used to the sound and live with it.

And the sound itself is perceptible to humans, and quite annoying.
22nd-Jan-2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Yes, years ago I bought a couple of fairly expensive noise generators at Brookstone that were just about like that. I could only turn them on when I was out of the house. They drove the mice crazy and made them run around all over, but they didn't really leave. These gadgets from Victor are hardly audible, to me, generating nothing more than a slight hum, which has been 3 feet from my head while I've been sleeping for a month and hasn't bothered me at all. Also, I read somewhere rhat these gadgets now cycle or alternate the sound waves somehow so the rodents can't adjust to them. On the downside, they say it takes 3-4 weeks to drive out rodents with an established food source. Right now, I'm trying to drive any of them that are still here down to the crawl space, and then I'm putting traps around for them in that area.
21st-Jan-2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
When I was asked by a colleague to help with this problem, I came up with solenoids and photocell/lightbeam solutions.

Only problem was that when it tripped - in the middle of the night - the clang set his dog barking maniacally....
27th-Jan-2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
*snicker* Well, I don't have a dog, so that won't be a problem.
22nd-Jan-2010 09:44 pm (UTC) - Bummer!
We haven't had any sightings lately, though we do hear scurrying in the attic... and The Kitty is *so* interested in sniffing at the furnace ducts...

It's enough to make me look forward to warm weather, when the buggers will go back outside!

Meanwhile, I think you need to encase EVERYTHING in your pantry in glass, metal, or sturdy plastic. Dumping the flour was close to tragic!

xoxo Amy
27th-Jan-2010 09:07 pm (UTC) - Re: Bummer!
Yeah... I'm working my way through the pantry. (Slowly... in my copious free time.) And the GOOD news is that while the icing buckets are too large to sit on the floor, they _will_ sit on the tallest shelf.
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