Monday, November 12, 2012

We Have a Mouse


Every country home should have a mouse, right?

We were warned to expect this and one finally made its presence known by chewing a small hole in our bag of wheat based cat litter we have stored in the basement.  There's also one drawer in the kitchen that it gets into, which really ticks me off because I could use the storage space.

I prefer to think of it as a single, unattached mouse, instead of an extended family of mice.  The word "mice" conjures up thoughts of hantavirus and other nasty visions, whereas a mouse feels friendlier and slightly cartoonish, like a little vest wearing mascot.

Anyway, the presence of this mouse is another reason why we're letting Luna have free access to the basement.  I don't require that she eat it, just that she make it uncomfortable enough to consider a change of residence.  

Given that Luna continues to have a robust appetite, I'm pretty sure the mouse is still sharing quarters with us.

Maybe I should consider charging it rent.

20 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Have not seen any mice on our property in the 5 years we have been here. Doesn't mean they aren't around, just means that the local snakes are doing their job.

Catherine said...

I hope the mouse leaves your house and takes up residence elsewhere! Or that Luna finds it and convinces it to leave. ;)
Hope you are keeping warm!
xo Catherine

Carolynn Anctil said...

Diane: Hmmm...I suppose I could get a snake for the basement, but I'm not convinced it would stay there.

Catherine: We may have to borrow our friends' cats. They were terrific mousers, apparently. Maybe they could give Luna lessons.

Christina said...

I usually get at least one every year. Doesnt matter how much I work to keep them out.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Christina: One I can handle, it's the thought that there's a whole host of them that freaks me out.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Mice are nice ... outside and preferably a good mile away !

Northern AB gal said...

Having lived on a farm with cats, crawl spaces, and mice, I can be pretty sure that if the cat is not going in her litter box she has found a bigger one. :) As for the mouse/mice, why not put a trap in the drawer if you know it goes there?

Carolynn Anctil said...

Northern AB Gal: We have a new house rule - no access to the basement until evidence of use has been found in the litter box each day. This has been quite effective, so far, and everyone seems happy with the arrangement. I can't bring myself to trap animals, however, I have considered purchasing a live trap. The problem I have with that is, the weather is so cold now I'm loathe to just dump another sentient being into a snowdrift who is completely unprepared for it. That would be a slow, cruel death. It's a dilemma. I'm choosing to give Luna and her hunting skills the benefit of the doubt, for the time being.

C-ingspots said...

I used to be sentimental about mice, but not anymore. My rule is a simple one...you invade my house, I will end you. Sounds cold, but at one time the little buggars were getting into our drawers, in my pantry and pooping/eating on everything. I detest that mouse smell! Just recently I found a perfectly cute little baby mouse atop our bed. Curious. Next day, found 2 more on the floor beside the bed. This went on for several days until I realized that a young (and dumb) momma mouse had chosen the ceiling fan in our bedroom as her nest. Not wise at all. One by one the little varmint fell to their demise. I keep a trap in the pantry and occasionally I find one. They can reside in the barns, but not in our home. Remember, where there is one, there are usually many more.

DesertHen said...

Our basement in Idaho provided a happy place for a few mice...that is until we turned the cats down there and the mice left! I don't think the cats ever ate one, but they sure disappeared quickly! (the mice, not the cats...lol)

JaneK said...

We'll.... At least it's not rats! :)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I'm with C-ing spots, if you come into my house, you are so out of there....

Had mice in the old house that I lived in, in Vancouver, went away for 2 weeks they overran the place...ugh I can still smell them.

Good luck Luna, and happy mousing.

Jen

Northern AB gal said...

I like your new house rule, that should definitely work. Hopefully Luna will keep the mice under control. I wouldn't worry about dumping the poor critter out in the cold, they seem to do quite well under the snow. I should know, every spring we have to repair the damage done to our lawns. Some years worse than others. Little buggers!

Carolynn Anctil said...

C-ingspots: I know you're right. I guess I haven't completely converted to country living, yet.

DesertHen: I'm hoping that's what's happening here, as well. That, the mere presence of Luna downstairs is enough to send the mouse packing.

JaneK: Oh gawd! Don't even.

Jen: Eeew...that would probably mark the turning point for me, too.

NorthernAB Gal: I may be deluding myself regarding Luna's mousing skills. You're probably right about the winter skills of mice. I'm still a naive city girl.

Heather said...

I guess it's part of life when you live in the "country"... we've had a few over the years too, even had a cat in the house and it didn't seem to deter them, haven't had any for a long time, but you just never know... my husband used the mouse traps, but when I saw one with his leg stuck hawling around the trap I felt terrible, so I set up humane trap but never caught any... we finally sealed up any hole we could find and so far in several years, we've only ever seen one in the house... I have a really hard time being that I'm a wildlife rehabilitator, and I believe all animals have a right to life... wishing you the best in however you decide to handle it! Cheers!

altadenahiker said...

If you want a second cat, you have a good excuse.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Heather: The less-than-clean kill is what I dread the most about using conventional traps. My mom set one out in the garden for her nemesis - the vole - and I found a bird in it with its leg caught. I'm amazed it didn't die of fright trying to fly away from me before I could release it, poor thing.

Karin: Ahh...I hadn't thought of that. The Frenchman might not be an easy sell, though.

Sharon said...

Good luck with this problem. We found evidence of field mice in one of our cars, confirmed when they loosened wires such that the car didn't always start. They are destructive, dirty critters. We set traps with peanut butter and ended their homesteading.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Ugh, mice....there is never just one:-(

Put your cat food in a galvanized metal trash container with a tight lid. Or get some chickens, mine LOVE to catch, kill and eat mice.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Sharon: I know it's going to be a constant problem, living out here in the country. I may be onto a solution...will keep you posted.

Denise: I'm in denial about my mouse being a social butterfly. We have our food stored in plastic tubs with lids and that seems to be doing the trick, so far. I'm sincerely hoping that we can welcome a few chickens next year. We have some work to do to get their home ready first.

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