Did I ever tell you about the day, last winter when we caught 22 mice in one day? Probably not…
One day, last January I noticed that Breezy seemed to be eating quite a bit from his lil’ bowl of kibbles. Sometimes I notice things, but they don’t register the way they ought to. This would be one of those times.
A few days later, I pulled back the curtain that covers the broom closet to see what, precisely, Breezy was doing with those darn kibbles. Oh dear. The bag of kibbles was gone. In it’s place were lots of little bits of Evidence of Mouse. Ugh.
Derek was in town and being a vegetarian, he had issues with mouse traps. Not being a vegetarian, I had issues with the mice. I attempted to build a mouse trap that consisted of a long tube (from wrapping paper), peanut butter, and a large clear vase. I even put kibbles in the vase to further entice the mice…
How would it work? The mice would follow the peanut butter up the tube and fall into the vase…Yeah.
About this time my dad came over and I believe he took one look and walked right back out…Oh the stupidity. I was so proud I took pictures.
After a bit, we realized this was not going to work and we needed to get down to business. We hemmed and hawed and haggled and settled on this: Derek would set the traps and I would get rid of the traps. That lasted about two seconds. I used *that look*…
Derek agreed to get rid of the mice, but he wasn’t going to pluck them off the trap. Eeew. Mouse traps are pretty cheap, I just bought in bulk. I mean, really, how many mice could there be…?
The three traps are set, we head upstairs, I start working, Derek surfs and in less than two minutes…SNAP…SNAP SNAP.
Uhm. Wow. That was quick…
That went on for several hours…until, dare I say, I think we caught most of the mice. Total head count? 22
So…that was that. Let me toss out one of my favorite Star Wars quotes…”the guns…they’ve stopped”.
(yeah, because the BIG DEATH STAR is headed YOUR WAY…)
Thus, I should not have been surprised when Hayley told me this evening….”MOM, the mice. They’re BACK!”
“Dear child, how do you know that with such certainty?”
“I just saw a MOUSE run across the kitchen, towards where the kibbles used to be….”