JAS, about 6 weeks ago hubby and I caught 2 small mice in traps. Freaked me out! Checked under my kitchen sink, and the pipe coming up from under the house had absolutely NO border around it and the wooden floor, exposing a good 1/2" opening all around the pipe! HELLO! Come on in, mice!! Sheesh!! Not sure how the hard plastic border wore down, but it was gone. So I stuffed several SOS pads around the opening so that there is now no longer any space around that pipe! (I've read somewhere where mice don't like biting into steel wool pads). I also set up 3 mouse traps in the house, just in case....with peanut butter on them! BUT......NO MORE MICE so far!!! YAY!! I'm starting to actually believe that we've got it under control!! I hate killing anything, too, but the risk of infection from the mice is just too much for me!!@JASFLALMT wrote:
Oh, also have been coming home to dead critters in the mousetraps, ugh. I bribe the neighbor's kids with Pringles and Butterfingers (from convenience store shops) to dispose of them and reset the traps, LOL. The last couple of varmints must be smart or just very small because they licked the peanut butter off without getting caught. I hate killing them, though...but it's worse thinking about them running around my house and possibly getting into my food, ugh!
Sigh. Last night the 34 year old refrigerator in the basement apartment died. Fortunately, it did not wait until I would be out of town for 5 days, later this week. Soooo, off to the nearby Sear Outlet Store to buy a new, much more energy efficient refrigerator. New housemate moves in the evening of Nov. 1. This morning, bidding a fond farewell to our 3 month basement lodgers who are returning to Japan after their research visit to the National Archives.