Several pictures of the mouse that I just killed

With the onset of winter and the extended absence of several members of the house, an indeterminate number of mice apparently felt like now was the time to make their presence known in our house. I don’t exactly know why they’re here. My suspicion is that it has something to do with their desire to master French cooking or to reconnect with the other mice who immigrated to this area from the shtetl. They might also be part of a team of rodent rescuers. I don’t know and I don’t care. They’ve become increasingly bold, even going so far as to penetrate into my bedroom!

As my anxiety increased, I decided that the tension in the household could only be relieved by the spilling of rodent blood. So I drove to Target, bought four of those classic snap trap, baited them with peanut butter, and then left the house for two days to visit my parents.

I returned to a scene of unbelievable carnage:

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As you can see the mouse was much more widdle and adorable than I had thought it would be. Even in death, it just looked so cute. Nonetheless, I was well satisfied that I’d managed to get rid of one of the horrible pests. 

Unfortunately, the mice circumvented the rest of my traps! They not only failed to get caught in them, they actually managed to lick them clean!!! Diabolical.

You might not be able to see, but the rest of these traps have been licked clean
You might not be able to see, but the rest of these traps have been licked clean

Being at attention for days has, however, given the traps a much looser trigger (as I discovered while attempting to re-bait them [my finger is still numb from being snapped at]), so my hope is that the mice will’ve been lulled into a false sense of security and that when they go back to replicate their peanut butter heist, they’ll find their necks broke. 

 

7 thoughts on “Several pictures of the mouse that I just killed

  1. Sean Patrick Hazlett

    Call an exterminator immediately.

    We had a rat problem in our garage, which we’ve since corrected. We initially laid traps as well, but the infernal rodents deftly circumvented them. The only way to get rid of these things is by having a professional herd them gradually into smaller and smaller sections of the house, and you have to seal off their entry points into your home.

    During the winter, they tend to be attracted to your central heating system. Wherever that is located, there is likely a nest just underneath it. If they’ve actually found a way into your home, be afraid. Be very afraid.

    Their droppings can carry some pretty nasty stuff. Fortunately, you are living on the East Coast. Out west, particularly in the southwest, their waste can carry deadly viruses like Hantavirus (see http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/).

    And it takes weeks.

    The guy we hired would come by once a week and collect 2-3 rat carcasses a week for about 8 weeks or so.

    I’m not trying to scare you, but if they are in your house, then you need to call a pro.

    1. R. H. Kanakia

      We don’t own the house, Sean, and I’m certainly not going to plunk down my own money just to improve a place that I’m going to leave within a year. I’ve contacted the landlord and he’s scheduling an exterminator. Killing them with mousetraps is just an interim solution that’s meant to make me feel better.

      1. Sean Patrick Hazlett

        Even better if your landlord is paying for it. Given that these little beasties can do other things like chew through electric wiring, etc., I’m guessing your landlord didn’t balk when you asked him/her to call an exterminator.

        For an interim solution, try poison. It works better than traps, and it will kill most rodents until the smarter ones learn not to eat the tiny blue pellets.

        1. R. H. Kanakia

          Cool, I might give that a shot, if my landlord keeps being slllllow. In the meantime, it was very satisfying to actually SEE one of their tiny little corpses.

  2. Becca

    I never had the heart to kill my mice … and the end result was they invited their friends the cockroaches, and I moved into a different place. Your course is a cold but necessary one.

    1. R. H. Kanakia

      I certainly considered abandoning this house.

      Cockroaches are more difficult. There are so many of them! At least with mice you know that there are only a finite number of them and that each time you kill one you’re reducing the total population by an appreciable amount.

  3. Brian Cutflower

    i think even the mice that are very adept at licking off the peanut butter sometimes accidentally set off traps. if you keep setting the traps, you’ll eventually stop catching mice AND you’ll stop finding traps licked clean.

    also, if you really want to protect some wires, put tabasco sauce on them. RODENTS HATE CAJUN COOKIN’

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