Monday, August 30, 2010

Mouse Factor

Brace yourselves!!! It's a post with actual pictures although it may be some of which you'd rather not see :)

Let me start by saying I hate mice! I hate them - I'm terrified of them - It's bad! We've had a horrible mouse problem this summer at our house - unlike any other year or any other century probably! We set traps and then someone else has to get rid of them once they are in the traps - I can't do it. Seriously I can't do it! We caught one not long ago and noone checked it in the morning until I walked upon it when I went to do laundry. I almost had a heartattack - I'm kidding you not! I called David who couldn't get home right then and wasn't going to be able to for a couple more hours - I called my Dad's house and he was on his way to Atlanta - it was not looking good. I was shaking and clammy and could not make my body walk into the laundry room and get him. I finally talked Lucas into getting him out for me - thank goodness!!!! and I could breathe!

However they wouldn't stop - we have multiple ones I think. We fixed the dryer vent that we originally thought was the problem and they still got in. I cleaned out the bottom of the pantry because that's where I store boxes of things I get from Sam's or wherever else and made sure there was nothing there they could get into. I started putting up dog food at night because they were getting that and taking it piece by piece under the stove or the sink - it was bad! YUCK!


Finally one day I heard something scratching behind the wall/vanity in my bathroom. It freaked me out at first because I thought it was going to come out of the vanity at me - really people I know it sounds like it but we don't live in the country!!!! It stopped and then I heard it the very next morning too. After that I didn't hear it anymore - well that was until I smelled something a couple of days later. I told my husband and mom that I smelled something but noone believed me for a couple of days. Of course they didn't have to be here during the day when it was 90 degrees and smelling it too. That was unlike anything I can describe! Finally someone smelled it and the search was on! The first night we put 3 holes in the bathroom wall where we smelled it - yes you heard me right holes in the wall. Nothing! So my husband went to work the next day and got a camera that they use to look inside ductwork and brought it home. Put another hole in the wall of our closet and what do we see? A wee little dead mouse staring at me! UGH!!!!! Really - they are out to get me - who else gets dead mice in their walls and their bedroom for that!


It's hard to see in this picture but it's in the upper right hand corner and it gives me chills just looking at it!

That was bad enough until about a week later I smelled the same smell in the kitchen - yep as I dreaded it and somehow lived through it for two days we looked for it! I knew exactly where this one was and one hole and it was out. It's horrid! I'm done with mice - DONE!

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10 comments:

Melissa said...

oh my goodness...I'd be freaking out too!!

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh Stephanie. That is just crazy. I wish you lived closer I would send my bug and pest guy out to your house. Yikes. THat is not fun. Hope they get all gone soon. gross for you.

Erin said...

oh my goodness that is just nasty!! What is wrong with them.. they must have had babies and are living in your house icky! I would not like that one bit!

Vicky said...

Had one loose in my house for a week... caught the little stinker in a live trap finally and let it loose out in the country. This spring we saw them making tunnels outside in the yard. The neighbor boy came over with 6 traps and we caught 3 of them... ew...

I would FREAK if I could smell them... so glad they are gone from your home, holes would be the least of my worries :)

Just Jiff said...

I am SO with you on that! I get the heebie jeebies when I see/hear/think about mice.

We had a RAT in the garage this winter because our neighbor hasn't mowed his back yard since he bought the house 3 years ago! I literally almost peed myself when I saw it. I refused to go into the garage until the weather warmed up.

Stacy said...

Yes, mice freak me out too!!!

Hope your "problem" is over with..lol.

Randi said...

Yuck!! I hate mice too, and we have had our fair share of them in our house on the farm. Haven't noticed any getting stuck in the wall though!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, I would be the same way as you, Stephanie!!!!!!!!!!!!

amanda said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCK. you and i would make best friends. :) last week we had a mouse in our kitchen and i'm first starting to go in there now by myself. lol. otherwise i make the kids come with me. i figure they make a lot of noise and scare the mouse into hiding!! we put out poison and haven't seen or smelled it since. i know that smell. blech. hopefully our mice are GONE now!! except now it's getting to be cooler and i'm thinking we'll have more again in winter. YUCK!!

Kelly said...

Luckily ours are in the walls, but we catch plenty. One I forgot about and it smelled so bad...ick! I hate mice!