We have caught loads of mice over the past three months but there is one that has survived all attempts to trap him. He is living behind the cooker. Clearly a highly trained mouse survival expert, he scoffs at our humane mouse traps and evades the killer traps. Danny has become obsessed with this interloper. It’s war but as yet there is just a lot of muttering about poison and sterilising the worktops several times a day. Dispatching vermin is my department.
If we leave the kitchen for a few minutes the mouse is back – with a trail of mouse poo to prove it. Just join up the elongated dots to see where he has travelled.
I have some poison to hand but decided that I’d try the killer traps just one more time – the end is quick. In the middle of a wonderful meal - Bong. Lights out and mouse heaven beckons.
Let me share a secret with you. Observing the mice caught in the humane mouse traps has made me a bit of a softy. A few weeks ago I discovered that I’d lured three mice into one of these traps. A big mouse and two smaller ones. When I peered through the top of the trap the three mice clung together – upright with their front legs wrapped around each other. Teeny pink paws stretched out like stars. Seeing them comforting each other was a shock. I felt awful and was pleased that I was relocating them. These three had a slim chance of survival.
Danny cleaned the surface of the oven at brunch yesterday and disappeared for an afternoon of conference calls in The Rat Room. I decided to put this cat on the top of the oven. More to amuse D than terrify the mouse. Then I went out to town for a few hours.
Strangely, when I returned the oven top was clean. The surfaces were spotless. Perhaps finally this cat has come into its own – and frightened that plucky, pesky mouse. Maybe he is now lurking in his nest feeling peckish?
Last night I set a killer trap anointed with peanut butter, bacon, chocolate and chicken feed. Incidentally the first three are favourites with D too. Luckily he’s too chunky to squeeze behind the cooker in search of a midnight treat.
Despite the mice clinging episode we have to get rid of this mouse. However cute, mice can spread disease and cause enormous damage in your home.
Bingo – just went downstairs to make a mug of tea this and the mouse trap lure has worked. But the rustling in the carrier bag of bird food indicates that we have more. Grrrr.
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