THE MOUSE THAT SQUEAKED – ADVENTURES CONTINUE!
Several months ago I posted about a mouse problem we had in our house. This little critter and his buddies made a mess of my pantry cabinet. I inadvertently left all kinds of snacks that they liked in packages or plastic bags on the shelves. I believed, now I know better, that if the crackers, cookies, etc. were in plastic bags or unopened in their original packing that mice would not be able to get into them. Ha! I was fooled by these dastardly creatures and their sharp little teeth.
Everything is now in plastic and metal containers that they can’t get into ever.
Here is the post to get you up to snuff on the story. I don’t get freaked out about many critters but mice I hate and will run screaming in the opposite direction. This behavior drives my husband into action to be the hero. The last time we had a family of mice he killed the mother after chasing her around the room with a broom. Poor little thing, I felt terrible. Now he had to deal with four tiny babies which were hiding.
I don’t know how many of you out there have had mice in your houses. Well, if you kill the mother and don’t capture the babies they wander around giving off a musky scent in order for the mother to find them. Each night they would wander around the house. I could smell them. I closed our bedroom door and stuffed towels and would groan and moan about them coming into the room. I slept with one eye opened and my nose sniffing the air.
The next morning we were watching TV and something ran out from under the cabinet below the TV. I jumped up, screamed and ran for the kitchen yelling to John – get him! Well, my hero saved the day again. He scooped it up with a broom and dustpan and threw it out into the back yard. He announced that all was safe for me to return to the room.
I tiptoed in, looked around, and put on more lights to make sure. Just as I got myself settled with a cup of tea I saw another one race by. Up I got and ran in the opposite direction. John had to do his hero thing again. This went on for another half hour when one another the other – four in all – came running out looking for their mother. Yikes! John got them all and sent them flying out the door. I doubt that they lived to tell the story of the crazy woman.
These mice did a job on my pantry. I had to clean and throw out all the chewed up packages of goodies and place traps everywhere. I read everything I could about how to get rid of these things. I learned that they do not like mint. I now have mint plants in the house and down in the basement. Luckily we haven’t seen any signs of any since.
Now for another surprising thing that these mice did. One day we noticed that we had a leak in our ceiling in the finished basement. My hero, John, pulled out the ceiling tiles and noticed the leak was coming from our kitchen sink or dishwasher or maybe the washing machine. We pulled out all the cleaners from under the sink and noticed mouse droppings and that the bottom of the cabinet was wet. After testing the dishwasher we noticed that there was a leak coming from it. We never put the two together – the evidence of mouse droppings and a leak.
We went shopping for a new dishwasher that day. When it was delivered the man pulled out the old one and yelled out to John, “You’ve got 🐁 infestation! They chewed right through the plastic connection to the water.”
Hearing this I went beserk. I planted mint in pots in the kitchen, placed more traps in the garage and basement, sprayed mint oil under the sink and around the house and waited. We did catch a few more but then nothing. The mint is growing profusely and taking over the window over the sink. We plan on moving some of it outside as the weather gets warmer. Mint also keeps away 🐜 🐛 🕷.
Well, all is quiet and clean and smelling fresh now in the Spina home. I hope to keep it that way. I pray that you will not have any unwanted visitors in your homes.
Thanks for stopping by to read about these adventures. I’m sure I will have something else to complain about soon. Ha!
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