01 November 2011

Quiet as a Mouse

'Twas the night before Monday, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring - except for a dang mouse!

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So ... apparently we've got a mice situation here. I saw a little furry blur dart between some boxes in the first floor and proceeded to freak out. I kicked at some of the boxes and it darted out and back in again. My dog, who is mostly rat terrier - aptly named because they were bred for their instinctual ability to locate and catch rodents - took one look and decided to flee upstairs.

I poked around some of the boxes and grabbed a flashlight and saw it hiding in a corner - yes, it was a cute little church mouse thing and I vascillated briefly between wanting to punt it out of the house or knitting tiny little clothes for it and naming it Fievel. I hollered for BF who didn't bother coming downstairs and told me it was alright, to just let it be. Wha-what!? Let it be?

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He said, yeah, there are two of them, they don't bother anyone. 'Scuzee? There is not a mouse but possible mice in this house? That have been spotted before and then ignored? Do I live in the Karni Mata Temple or something? Has BF suddenly turned into John Lennon-Buddha?

Now as freaked out as I am about the prospect of this house being overrun Ratatouille-style, I don't really want to have to call the exterminator in and go napalming the world of a tiny mouse. I also would prefer not to poison bait or sticky pad if I can. Essentially as much as I don't want the mice in my house, I would like to gently nudge them out of my home, not have a sad caravan of mismatched matchstick boxes. Though don't tell my dad I think like that, he's already got one foot on a plane to the SE to take the critter out Rambo-style!

Do you all have any recs for how I could safely relocate one, possibly two, mayhap a whole fam damily of mice? Am I the only one who this has ever happened to? And on a completely unrelated but nicer note, can you all believe it's almost Hanu-Christmas time?!

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Dress: Mossimo by Target utility (worn here - sim here, here, full skirted here)
Top: J. Crew boatneck (worn here - sim here, here)
Belt: Anthropologie city safari (worn here)
Tights: Target fashion
Boots: Born taro (worn here - sim here, here)

36 comments:

  1. I would be pretty freaked out about the mouse situation lol...I love your striped shirt layered under the dress...adorable! And I'm still loving your belt!

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  2. I'm sorry, Lisa, but I am of the old school variety of KILLING them. Inevitably we get mice in the attic every winter. We put out poison that they eat and then die. I have found a shriveled mouse or two in my time when moving around boxes up there. We also use traps. I know it's humane, but honestly, I don't think that simply relocating mice is an option because they will come back and you will be doing this endlessly.

    Good luck!

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  3. I mean to say "not humane". Clearly killing anything except to put it out of it's misery (IMO) is not humane!

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  4. I am sorry. But once rodents are in the house, they stay in the house. You got to get rid of them somehow, or they'll start having babies (fast.) I am not saying this to scare you, google it. There's lots of info out there. Good Luck.

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  5. Oh, when I say "get rid of them" means to kill them. Not asking them to leave the house. It is (will become) a health hazard if you let them "stay" with you.

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  6. I now seriously have the willies.
    We have found evidence now and again of them "coming inside" when the weather first turns and hubby puts out poison and traps as well. Only I am clearly not as brave as Pam because if I found a shriveled one I would react the same as if it was alive.
    My goodness...they gross me out!!!!
    Good Luck!

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  7. Oh muh goodness that is horrible!!! I had a mouse in my house once. I was not as nice as you though. I ran out and got that poison stuff and put it everywhere in my house. It did not return. But they do have traps that catch the mouse so you can set it free again.

    This outfit is probably one of my favorites you have ever worn. I love the deep green color of the dress, the boots and the tights. This is perfect for fall.

    Also, you can get a cat. Good luck!

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  8. I really love the layering you did under the dress!
    As for the mouse, I had one in my flat when I lived in Edinburgh. It was gross. My roommate acted a lot like your BF and named her "Angelina." Not cool. Especially when I went to put on a shoe and Angelina came scurrying out. Don't they have mousetrap that are like little houses for mice? Then when you catch them you can let them out outside...
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  9. Cute dress! I love the combo and that belt just adds the right amount of 'flair'! I would kill those guys sorry! They now have traps that you can just set and then when they go in they shut and you never have to deal with them!

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  10. We had "a" mouse over the summer - fairly certain it had been living in the basement, but one day it discovered we had a kitchen. Mice certainly are cute (if they're outside, or in movies, or a cage in someone else's house), but the droppings from this little guy (or girl) were EVERYWHERE! Talk about gross! We borrowed some humane mousetraps (little gray plastic boxes with a door/lid that closes when the mouse runs inside) and with the use of some freshly cooked bacon, we caught the fella within hours of setting the trap. Haven't had any mouse (or mice) issues since! Good luck!

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  11. We have never had mice (knock on wood) so I have no idea what the best way to take care of it is. I'd call someone to come take care of it..they sick me out so bad! On a happier note, love your cute layered look today! =)

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  12. There's a rule about mice that goes something like this: for every one you see, there are a dozen more you aren't seeing. Also, they breed like crazy. So if you're seeing two, that's a situation you want to get on top of, and fast. Poisoning them is gross, but not poisoning them is worse.

    Good luck!

    Beth

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  13. Oh no! Sorry to hear about the mouse situation. Hope they move out soon!! I love how you layered today and the belt is so unique!!

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  14. we actually had a mouse in our apt this year... we got one of those humane traps with peanut butter and place it in our closet.

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  15. Lisa!! OMG same thing happened here! My H used to work in pest control years ago so he went black ops on the furry situation. we did poison, traps, everything. We did find out that a good natural repellent is peppermint. we got these tiny bags (look like bags of tea) and you just spread them everywhere. (They smell like peppermint so its not such a bad thing). Apparently mice hate peppermint. who knew? we did all of it so I couldnt tell you what worked the best. But those things multiply fast so you better get at it! :)
    good luck!

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  16. The only true way of getting rid of them is seriously a cat! I had mice problems in my old college house, I tried everything (I don't believe in killing) so I tried all the live traps, I would catch them and drive them miles away to the woods and release them. I know friends who have had issues and do kill traps and glue and they still have mice. The sure way or removing them and making sure they don't come back ever is getting a cat. And it has to be an indoor only cat. The mice can smell them and will find a home somewhere else. My kitty caught 7 in one week (and no I didn't let her eat them, I would take them away and again drive them miles into the woods) and then I never saw another one in all the places we've lived, even in NYC I never had a mouse. Good luck with the problem! I tried living with them for a long time but they really do just multiply and become a major health hazard. But killing them won't really solve the issue because more new ones will just keep coming and trust me, a lot of them are smarter than the trap.

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  17. Mice are so cute....certainly much better than the dog-sized rats that live in NYC. One of those huge rats ran straight into my ankle while I was jogging one morning in NYC. I screamed bloody murder, and it was 6AM and dark outside.

    We actually had mice and rats as pets growing up so they don't freak me out like cockroaches do. (Well, except for the rats in NYC. Did I mention they are HUGE?!) Still, as cute as mice are, you sadly gotta get rid of them.

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  19. Lisa,
    You may have mice, but at least you look fantastic while chasing them!
    Looooooooooove the dress.

    -Jen
    phdstyle.blogspot.com

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  20. I am getting the mice heebie jeebies just reading all your comments, ladies! You're all right, I have to go to figure out a way to eradicate them asap, one way or the other!

    And I am wishing I had a more effective rat terrier dog! Oh Pacey, why are you such a cutie but what a big chicken! ;o)

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  21. A cat will either kill them and bring them to you as offerings, or eat them. Depends on how hungry they are, I suppose.

    But I agree with the other posters... if you leave them there, they will start to breed, and breed, and breed. You have to get them out of there.

    Sorry to read Pacey is not a mouser.

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  22. Ugh! Sorry to hear about the mice!
    When I was living in California a huge rat got into our house. My roommate and I had to kill it on our own because our landlord refused to do anything (he said we had let it in). All he did was set out an itty-bitty mouse trap that was like a toy compared to that enormous rodent.
    We did notice some torn screen over a vent later -- that was probably the rat's entry point.
    Rodents and their droppings can cause illness, so I hope you get your mice moved out soon!

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  23. We had a mouse problem over the summer, and we bought a mouse-sized HaveAHart trap and baited it with peanut butter and dry oatmeal. When they walk in, it triggers the door to close, and then you can take them elsewhere. We only had maybe 4, which wasn't bad considering we live in a big old farmhouse, and we haven't seen them since!

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  24. That sounds unhappy. I think you can buy commercial mouse-conscious trap where they will remain alive but captured.

    Good luck!

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  25. Mice don't freak me out but I wouldn't want them living in my house to possibly spread disease for sure! On to happier things.....loving this outfit so much!!

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  26. I love that belt. With regards to the mice, I say call in the professionals. In this day and age there might be some type of alternative company you can find that can chant them out or use something organic to kindly suggest that they leave your home :)

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  27. Your bf cracks me up...I think if I saw a mouse in the house, besides shrieking, I would demand the hubs remove it ASAP. I can deal with spiders, bugs and snakes but absolutely loathe anything small and furry.

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  28. Love your outfit (especially that belt!). The mice thing, ugh--I have absolutely no helpful tips there. We had a mouse once. We also had a cat. Cat did nothing to kill the mouse--we finally got it with one of the humane traps. Good luck! Little rodents fa-reak me out, eek.

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  29. Hi Lisa! We had a mouse in my college apartment. Uggh. Not fun...nothing like pulling an all nighter and realizing you weren't alone ("Am I really that tired, or did a mouse just scurry across the carpet?").

    We used a humane mouste trap and then released it miles away from our apartment. Seemed to do the trick!

    Good luck!

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  30. Bwahahahaha! I shouldn't laugh b/c that's quite the problem you have there, but this is the funniest post. Knitting it sweaters! Ha! Bf telling you there's 2 of them! Hopefully not 2 as in mommy and daddy!

    I'm with the above commenter. Humane trap and release!

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  31. I love rodents! I'm with you! No killing! No-no-no! No phoey exterminators either. Get a little trap and some bait to catch them. Then let them go outside. That is the safest, cheapest and most humane option. Hopefully you dont like your neighbors, because that's probably where they will end up. Hurry before they procreate.

    I couldn't help but skim your most recent post and find favor with this one. Living some mouse drama vicariously through you just made my day.

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  32. Hey! The rest of my comment isn't there. Every time I see the City Safari Belt on eBay, I am tempted because of you. But they want way too much. This outfit is very nice for fall. The dress is the same great Military Green as Anthro's De Armee Dress. Which Im wearing at this very moment. But still too warm here for boots. Darn!

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  33. If you don't get rid of them FAST, you will soon have hundreds. And they will poop everywhere, and get into the dog food, and even chew through the electrical wires and washer hoses. Just be careful with the bait, so your dog doesn't eat it. One of my dogs ate a whole tray and almost died. He had to have a blood transfusion and Vitamin K infusion.

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  34. We had a family of opossums in our basement, and the guy from Critter Control was able to catch them alive and then release them into the woods. It was kind of expensive, but it was worth it to not have to kill the cute little things.

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  35. Oh My God. I had a similar situation with a little critter when I lived in Cambridge, MA. I called my boyfriend at the time (now husband) and begged him to drive 45 minutes to come and catch it for me. He told me I was crazy, which was weird cause it was only like 1:00 am. My roommate ended up setting the scary snap traps and we killed like 3 of them, and never had a problem again. But I have to admit, the first time I found one in the trap, I cried. It was awful.

    Side note: this is clearly months after this was initially posted, but I just came across this blog and saw the link to the mouse story and couldn't resist! You're outfits are adorable!

    ~Lindsay
    http://lindsayslook.blogspot.com/

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