“Now listen, we need to be quiet as mice. No, quieter than that. As quiet as…as…” “Dead mice?” Reynie suggested. “Perfect,” said Kate with an approving nod. “As quiet as dead mice.”

This morning I had breakfast with friends, people with whom I worked with at the high school who have also retired, then did a couple of errands; hence, the lateness of Coffee today.

I am going to change the name of this blog to something alliterative like Critter Corner or Animal Antics or maybe, after last night, Rodent Roaming. It seems I need the Pied Piper of Hamlin and I will the price he asks. When I went to feed the cats last night, I noticed familiar droppings in the eaves where I keep the cat dishes. Yup, mice are in the eaves in my bedroom. I had heard them but not seen any real evidence until yesterday. I keep the cat food in the eaves to protect it from Gracie, but with the mice around, I took the two dishes out, emptied them, took them downstairs and scrubbed them. I went back upstairs, filled the dishes and left them outside the eaves on the rug. Gracie, Fern and I were in bed. I was finishing my book when I noticed movement. A small mouse had come out of the eaves looking for the food dish. He was obviously a baby so I figure generations live in my eaves. This happened one other time years ago when the cats I had were old so I caught the mice myself in a Have-a-heart trap, all 17 of them. Fern, lying on the bed with me, saw the mouse, sat up and just watched for the longest time. I figured she was confused and thought she was at the movies watching Ben or Willard. I watched too and the mouse kept trying to get at the dried cat food dish. I finally took the dish up to a spot where the mouse couldn’t at it but neither could the cats. They’d be okay as they had wet food.

This morning I refilled the wet food, came downstairs and went outside to get the papers. Gracie went right upstairs and ate the cat food. She was still up there when I came back in so I yelled and she ran downstairs with guilt written all over her face. I put a gate across the door frame to keep Gracie out.

Today I bought two Have-a-Heart traps and will bait and place them upstairs. I also bought mouse repellant for when I finally get rid of the rodents. I was told to be careful if I take the mice to let them loose as it is illegal to transport animals in traps. That’s all I need: a blue light behind me and the evidence in a cage on the floor of the front seat.

Well, life goes on here in strange ways. I swear rodents have my number. They are a cabal meeting to design ways to drive me crazy. The spawns of Satan send representatives as do the upstairs and downstairs mice. I have two cats, one of whom would catch the mice if she were upstairs while the other one finds them entertaining. Gracie corners them, but she was sleeping,  snoring loudly, and missed the fun. I finally finished my book, turned off the light and went to sleep.

I will, after I post, go upstairs and set the traps. I’ll keep a running count of mice who get caught. I really hope I don’t beat my count of 17.

 

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13 Comments on ““Now listen, we need to be quiet as mice. No, quieter than that. As quiet as…as…” “Dead mice?” Reynie suggested. “Perfect,” said Kate with an approving nod. “As quiet as dead mice.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Mouse repellant? Mouse transport laws??? Once again I learned something new from your blog “Keep the Critters Coming”.

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      How exciting all the new things you learn! (I am being a bit sarcastic here at my own dilemma and having to discuss rodent laws and repellant!)

      Ha! Keep the Critters Coming!!

      • Birgit Says:

        I’ve learned that this law is not only funny, but also useful. (Wikipedia:) “Some municipal jurisdictions specifically prohibit transporting live squirrels and releasing them into other areas to control the spread of diseases”. Never heard of mouse repellants and wonder how it works. Cat scent? We just use a plank to block the lower part of the back door to keep out the mice. So, Keep The Curiosities Coming 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        Brigit,
        The mice get into the smallest holes imaginable. I saw one squeeze into a space about an inch or less wide.

        I didn’t know that was the reason for the law either. Makes sense.

        The repellant actually smells nice, like lavender. It seems mice hate the smell.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I know we have amongst the strongest animal protection laws here but I doubt there’s a law against transporting animals in traps 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’m still surprised over how few mice I have here this winter. Normally I can hear them all winter long in the walls, but so far I’ve only heard one and that probably means there were more 🙂 There isn’t even any tracks in the snow by the bird feeders?! I think they all live in the garage/wood shed. Lots of droppings from them there.

    Cold, windy and snowy here today. My dogs got the second shot for the scabies. They have stopped scratching already so I hope this was the last visit to the vet for some time now. But they are nice over there and the coffee and biscuit are for free 🙂 🙂 🙂

    have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Maybe it is considered cruelty to animals though I’m pretty sure it is aimed at big animals, not field mice.

      Mine are far too haughty to live in the woods. Nope, they live right here in the warm house with plenty of good food!

      I like a vets which offers coffee and biscuits. My car repair company does that as well has having wifi.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I just poison the mice. I have no heart.
    So far I have not seen any spoor in the upper regions of the house. They are probably in the cellar and up in the attic but they are not doing much in the living areas and that’s fine with me. A few years ago I had mousefestation. The capper came the night a little one came out from under the couch and sat next to my bare foot while he washed his little face and paws. I waggled my foot and he didn’t bat an eyelash. Rocky just sat there and watched. Finally I put a glass over the little mouse and slipped a thick envelope underneath so I could carry him outside and dump him in the arbor vitae. After that I bought a couple of boxes of d-Con. No more mousies.
    Enjoy the evening. I hope you have no more visitors in the night. 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Caryn,
      I’d be afraid I wouldn’t find their bodies which would then stink up the house. I had that discussion at the hardware store where he was recommending d-Con. He said you’d just have to put up with the odor for a while.

      The traps are set and I hope they prove fruitful or it’s exterminator time.

      • Caryn Says:

        In my old house, there isn’t a smell. I suspect it is partly because the house is so untight that the victims have an easy time getting out before they expire and partly because all the horse hair plaster dessicates their little corpses just a bit faster than they can decompose. I have found the dehydrated remains in the cellar several times. d-Con is not my favorite thing to use because the mice spread it all over the place. When they do go outside to die, something else might eat the remains and be poisoned too. This particular infestation was so bad that I had to take drastic measures. I have a laissez-faire attitude towards mice as long as they stay in their place but if they don’t…snap!

  4. Bill S. Says:

    I’m with Caryn–D-con is the way to go. The mice love it, but if they can’t get water, they die of thirst. The only problem is they usually die where you can’t see them, but you can smell them for a day or two. Our attic is probably full of tiny mouse skeletons. They even set up living in my lawnmower carburetor. When I give the mower a pull or two, they jump out and run off. I believe animals and insects are taking over the world, like some old sci-fi movie.

    FYI: we are still getting stink bugs in our house, especially on the second floor. I don’t understand how they can survive outdoor temps of below zero F.

    • Kat Says:

      Bill,
      Only one died in the cellar near the washing machine, and I could really smell it. Found it later, and it was only partially desiccated. I do not want that smell in my bedroom.

      It’s true. The cockroach will outlive all of us!

      We seem to have our creature crosses to bear!

  5. Bob Says:

    Today the temperature reached 70 degrees and the sky is clear with a light breeze here in North Texas. The latest news in the Texas legislature comes from out Lieutenant Governor. He is proposing that the state spend money on upgrading the training required to get a license to carry a concealed handgun by teachers and other school personal. In his opinion the best way to protect our children is to have every teacher packing a concealed handgun on school property after they have had training on how to confront a shooter with a semiautomatic weapon.

    I have no affection or love for rodents. Just put out the D-Con in the attic and let them die. They won’t smell in the walls according my search on the web. If you have an infestation of ants do you spray them with insecticide? Or, to you lay out a trail of cookie crumbs and lure them back to the yard 🙂

    There’s not too much difference between a rat/mouse and insects. They both carry germs and the rats are worse because they can carry the plague and other nasty diseases.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      That sounds like a perfect day to me. 70˚ is about right.

      I worked with many teachers, and I would be scared to death to see some of them armed. They were crazy enough without adding a gun.

      It is not an attic but the eaves in my bedroom. I know the stink as one was dead in my cellar, and I could smell it but didn’t find it for a while. I can’t imagine that smell where I sleep. The door to the eaves is open as that is where the car boxes are. I have no attic-most cape houses don’t. You are right, though, about the ants, but they don’t smell when they die.


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