Shauna says we have to burn the house down now…

Shauna has always threatened various reasons for which we’d have to grab the lawnmower’s gas and turn the house into a pile of ashes. Most of them were dealing with the disrepair of various parts of our house (roof, swamp cooler, plumbing). She did, however, make a special case for burning down the house if we had a mouse problem. As of last night, I know that we meet that condition.

Yes, we have a mouse. I was taking my water glass to the kitchen last night and saw the little booger scurry across the counter and under one of the eyes of the stove. I saw him long enough to recognize him as a grey mouse before his disappearance under the top of the range. Despite my attempts, I couldn’t dislodge him right then and went to bed.

This morning, I checked all the cabinets and couldn’t find him anywhere. I promptly made an appointment with the Orkin man to permanently eradicate those little pests and keep them out with some of the strongest pest control services we can find. He’s swinging by Monday afternoon to take care of what I learned are deer mice. While he’s at it, he’ll take care of ants, roaches, spiders, and pretty much every other thing that should be outside these walls.

In the meantime, I’m hiding all of the matches from Shauna… 

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12 Responses

  1. Vanessa says:

    When I lived in Boston we had a mouse. I discovered this when my roommate left a large ziplock bag full of Chex Mix open on the kitchen counter and I caught Gus Gus (as she named him) treating himself to a midnight snack. My landlord wanted to solve the situation by loaning us her cats for a few days but mmy allergies wouldn’t allow that.

  2. The Other Shauna says:

    Loaner cats.

    What an interesting concept. Like the people that loan you goats to eat the weeds…

  3. Kipluck says:

    Can’t you get Phoebe to help you out?

  4. Shauna says:

    The character from Friends? I think she’s busy… or something… or actually, I just really don’t know what you’re talking about.

  5. Laurie says:

    I had a mouse in my apt several years back! It scared me so bad, I stayed with my mom for two weeks until I was sure the problem was taken care of. You’re probably already on it, but I had asked around how to ger rid of him, and several people told me that if you get that mouse poison and put it under the stove, under the sink, wherever else you want, they’ll eat it, then they go outside searching for water (because it’s eating their insides out… poor babies) and then they’ll die outside. Sad, sure, but it definitely works.

    Just be sure to get him outta there asap. They say that if you see one, there’s a hundred more you can’t see. YUCK!

    Best of luck, CFE!!

  6. Laurie says:

    Oh yes, You ARE on it. Nevermind!

    Really, though, it could be worse! At least it’s not cockroaches.

  7. Kipluck says:

    Oh BLAST. CHLOE. Not Phoebe. Chloe. I am Sorre.

  8. Jesse says:

    Chloe thinks she’s a pretty good hunter, but I’m not sure she has the speed to catch a mouse. Plus there is no way in Hades she’s squeezing under or behind the stove.

  9. Bobbie says:

    Golden Retrievers are great with getting mice… the only thing is… they will Retrive it. Ya, my mom once had a dead mouse dropped in her lap. Funny story.

    And now I have to admit, I thought I saw something Friday night but when I looked again it was gone. I figured I was just getting tired, or drunk from the fondue.

  10. Notaturkeybone says:

    My dad once tried to kill a mouse with a butcher knife.

    I’m scarred for life.

  11. Shabang says:

    Ok the loaner cats, that cracked me up. I’ve heard about the poison thing. I also here you can find them in toilets dead. That’s not a pretty thought. I DO know that they are allergic to peppermint oil. Not extract.. that will just get them drunk… and they’ll prolly invite more to happy hour. BUt if you buy peppermint oil, put some on cotton or in down in the corners and under the sicks and anyplay they may be getting in, they’re stay way. (you can change your cotton balls every couple of months or so.
    Is orkin reasonable? The ogden house has deer mice too.

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