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They're baaaaacccckkkkk.....

Monday night we were sitting on the couch, watching "No Reservations," and relaxing.

What's that noise?

As regular readers will recall, “what’s that noise” is never a good thing in my house. We looked in the hallway and sure enough, both cats had their noses firmly up to the baseboard that covers the mouse oubliette. The scrabbling noise was coming from the other side.

Bob and I promptly assembled the instruments of combat: gloves, flashlight, shop-vac, sherbet container. We pulled the various clutter out that had accumulated behind that door, and discovered…

The furry little bastard had been working to chew his way out. There was a ring of sawdust around the tongue-and-groove section of floor, and you could see where it was chewed.

So we levered the piece of baseboard off oh so slowly and carefully and found… a rigid, chewed, mouse corpse. It was clearly dead, and something had clearly been snacking on him. Which begged the question of where the diner was, because there was nothing else to be seen. So Bob removed the deader, and we closed it back up and went back to the couch.

Skritchskritchrustleskritch. Rustlerustlerustle.

Reassemble implements of rodent removal. Remove baseboard oh so, ever so carefully. Spot mouse. Begin debate/keystone kops method of flushing it out. Hilarity ensues.

Eventually the sherbet contain was slammed down over the mouse and a bottom was slid underneath. These were much larger mice than last time. I think the last batch was probably deer mice – they were the size of the tip of my finger. This pair was about an inch long. Smaller ears, proportionally. Very plush, but that probably says more about the winter than the mice.

So come spring, I guess we need to open up that second floor soffit and see what’s going on up there. In the meantime, perhaps I should make a metal box to line the stud bay…


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galingale
Mar. 9th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Which reminds me, I've had something for you&yours since the church tag sale last fall. The $0.25 box is such wonderful fun.

http://www.toys-games-store.com/Ty/Ty-Beanie-Babies-Cheesly-the-Mouse-B000FCBVI8.htm

I'll give it to Bob next time I see him. You decide if it's for you, Charlotte, or the cats. ;)


PS Metal box sounds like a Very Good Idea since they're chewing. A D&D spiked trap perhaps?
merimask
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Oh no...more mouse drama! I thought you were going to instal some kind of drawer? At least the cats are being helpful.
kls_eloise
Mar. 10th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
It was tempting, but not really practical. My father pointed out that the drywall provides firestop. I really need to close off that bay at the top.
coffeementat
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Preventive measure - glue trap
Before you seal the baseboard put in a glue trap, if a mouse falls in he will get trapped before he starts chewing his way out.
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