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06 November 2007 @ 07:07 am
They're crafty, I'll give them that.  
 You all know how I feel about small woodland creatures, right?  We're not even going to go into the dolphin thing, because, I don't feel strong enough to rehash my hatred for them this morning, but squirrels?  Bunnies?  I don't trust them  They present this, 'Oh look at how cute I am'  face to the world, but are secretly plotting to take over.  I have proof. (I sound like a zealot insane person but whatever.  It's who I am.)

But I digress.  I have a new enemy.

It happens every fall.  Every frickin' fall they get in, because it's cold outside, and my house is all warm and snuggly.  At what time do they get in?  When hubs is off killing bigger things that haven't done a thing to him, while his wife is left alone battling the most heinous and evil of all household pests:  the mouse.  

*cue scary music*

We have a pier and beam house.  For all you laypeople out there, it means that it wasn't built on a concrete slab.  There is a crawlspace underneath, and evidently, there's stuff crawling around down there.  Guhuhuhuh.  It makes me oogie just to think about it.

I swear, it could have been a re-enactment of Leave it to Beaver the other day, had I been wearing heels and pearls, because I certainly did jump up on a stool, June Cleaver style, and  shreik.  Loudly. And did an all-over body shiver.  And then I swore.  Loudly.  For several minutes.  The good ones, too.  Would have made Dennis Maher proud.

Then, I gathered my wits about me and I went on a mission.  Hubby isn't the only hunter in the household, I thought.  Granted, I've never killed anything that took more than your average household flyswatter, but this was not to be bourne.  So, I got some of your basic, old-fashioned moustraps, put cheese on the little things, and waited.  I went back, maybe a day later?  

The cheese was gone.  The traps un-sprung.  Did the same thing with peanut butter.  Again, no creamy spread, traps just like I set them.  These little things are bastards.  I think there's just the one.  But at the rate I'm feeding him cheese and peanut butter, he's soon going to be mousezilla, sitting on the couch next to Katie Bell the wonder dog (who is absolutely worthless about the whole thing, by the way), ordering what he'd like for dinner.

Crap.  Girl with college degree defeated by tiny little mouse.  Or by an army of peanut butter and cheese eating super!rodents, bent on world domination.  If I disappear mysteriously from online over the next few days, it's because I'm being held hostage by the little buggers, and I'll need someone to come over with a spatula and some D-Con.  I can count on you guys, right?

I am:: on a chair
I feel:: determineddetermined
I hear:: Bad Reputation - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
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Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
This one's definitely cagey... mocking me, even. He must go.
I'm just me: emo teddyairmidm on November 6th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Aww, Carrie, poor you. Mice, ick...I can handle snakes and even bats...but mice *shiver*
Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Snakes and bats?! *freaks out*
Comic Book Goddessrainpuddle13 on November 6th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
I get an invasion of mice every winter. It's a ritual.

The best thing to put in a trap is bread. Make sure you stuff it in the little groove because they have to pull on it to get it and it springs the trap. Cheese never works and peanut butter they can lick off without disturbing the trap.

Good luck on your mission to kill furry things that invade your space!
Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Bread. Check. Will try.
Jo-Anne Storm: Eww! -- Normal Personjo_anne_storm on November 6th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
My preferred method of keeping mice away involves a cat. Preferably one that spends lots of time outside and knows how to hunt for it's food, but any cat will spread it's smell around which makes it unlikely that you'll have mice.

Barring that, try cookie dough on the trap. I've never had luck with cheese or peanut butter, but cookie dough gets a result every time.
Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, my dog would eat a cat for an afternoon snack, though I'd love to have one.

Cookie dough. I have some of that, and will try it. Thanks!
is pretty fucking ninja: sponge bobcaramelsilver on November 6th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh poor you! I completely agree. Mice are stupid, scary animals! I spent the summer up at our cabin where there are so many mice you have no idea. We keep killing them with these mice traps, but they still manage to eat hole in hour bed sheets and stuff! One night I woke up because a mouse ran across my pillow! Lets just say I didn't sleep much that night.

Have you seen Hoodwinked!?
Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
I have seen it... but it's been awhile.

That would be IT if a mouse ran across my pillow. Exterminators would be called, heads would roll.
nbaeker: smokinnbaeker on November 6th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
get a big bucket (5 gal) and put some water in it. Tie a piece of string around a piece of wood that you set across the top of said bucket. Tie some cheese onto the other end of the string (so it's dangling over the water)

Worked for my Father in Law... the mouse jumps after the cheese and drowns. slightly horrid, but... *shrugs* it's better than those glue traps where you have to peel them off alive, right? My father in law even made a little ramp to help the mouse get to the top of the bucket (from the outside so he could catch him).

Hope you get rid of him soon!

To cheer you... Gaspard!icon
Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
That is a long way to go to get a mouse. Dedication.

Gaspard!Icon LOVE! *sigh*
seegrimseegrim on November 6th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Perhaps they're (all tiny woodland creatures) plotting against you? I'd be starting to wonder if it were me.

Good luck. I can't even share personal experiences about this because I'll start freaking. When we lived in OK, we had a few run-ins with mice, though. GAH! *runs away from this post*
Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
That's it, Celeste. Feed my paranoia.

They's all after me. All of them. *eyes dart*
dragonsangel68dragonsangel68 on November 6th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm on my way! I'll even bring Monty the Mouse Hunting Dog with me! Actually, he thinks they're really great toys, until the stop moving, then he just sort of leaves them where they dropped...
Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
I'll leave the porch light on.

I wish Kate would get off her rear end and DO something. She's just lazy. Unless it's the mailman. Then, it's hair, eyes, teeth and brains to get to the door!
Numbaby: dean's batmannumbaby on November 7th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Totally. I'll bring the napalm.
Carrie Leigh: 50 ft. womancarrie_leigh on November 7th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
I can always count on you.
Numbaby: professornumbaby on November 14th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
Huzzah. When I am Queen of The World, I shall order my Legions of Terror to keep your living quarters (spacious, and luxuriously appoointed - Tracey and Pansy will have to help decorate) vermin/varmit (sp?) free.
(Anonymous) on November 7th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Whatever you do, DON'T use glue traps. No matter how very much they will make you super-duper sad, and then you'll start to sympathize with the little buggers.
Brendan: Firefly - Jayne - Gorrammit.brendanm720 on November 15th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I use those little yellow wedge boxes of Poison. (D-Con, I think)

They eat it, and then shrivel up and die.

Though, with a dog running around, that may not be such a good idea.
Carrie Leigh: Evil bunniescarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
So far, it's Carrie = 1, Mouse = 0.