January 07, 2009

Three Dead Mice

The mice in my house have reverted to a more normal Pinkie status and are less Brain-like.

After the great disappointments of failed mice killing earlier, we managed to completely ignore the critters for several weeks. Until our dog parked himself firmly in the spot where I prepare dinner with his nose sniffing away madly under the cabinets. I still managed to ignore/step over him for one night, but when the mouse made a mad dash from his hide out, over my foot to another under cabinet location, I decided it was time to do something.

We had hardly turned out the lights in the kitchen before we heard that pleasant snap meaning that there is an ex-mouse somewhere on the premises.

The dog had also been nosing around the foot of our bed and a cabinet in the schoolroom, so we put traps out there -- and hit the jackpot in all locations. I'm paying closer attention to the dog and where he's paying attention. It's not as good as a cat and I doubt we'll ever really win the war on mice, but it's a start.


It helps to figure out where they're coming in and block access. When we lived in Illinois the mice would come crowding in after the fields were harvested. DH blocked every little hole he could find (gaps around pipes under sinks, etc.) with steel wool. That seems to do the trick; they can't eat through it.

Posted by: Beth at January 8, 2009 07:33 AM

I have also had success with the steel wool trick.

Posted by: Jennifer at January 8, 2009 10:37 AM

I'm just not sure there is enough steel wool in the world to plug all the cracks and crevices in this old house, but it sounds like it would be worth a try.

Posted by: Jordana at January 8, 2009 10:49 AM

Your dog is doing just as well as our cat. Better, in fact. And your traps worked much better than ours! We haven't seen any recent activity, though (or any evidence either), so we're hoping they've moved on of their own volition (maybe they ate the termite bait!)

Posted by: Lenise at January 8, 2009 02:21 PM