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23 September 2013 @ 10:38 am
Oh, rats.  
Just over a week ago, I started hearing scrabbling noises in the walls whenever I went to bed.  At first, it was merely annoying, but each night the scratching noises got louder and louder.  When I got back from Kodachrome Basin, the noise had escalated to the point that I could now hear squeaking all night long, too.

Needless to say, I've got a mouse problem.  The little critters are so noisy that they're keeping me awake at night.  I haven't actually seen one yet, but I hear them all night long.  It's AWFUL.

I don't know what to do about them.  I've set four traps out, but so far they haven't gone after the bait.  (I've been using raisins on the suggestion of my boss, but I think it's time to switch to something else that might be more enticing.)  The food is all locked up in the fridge, so they can't get anything out of the kitchen.  One room has a stack of four mattresses and it's very possible the mice either live in there or are attracted to the stuffing - but again, I have no proof.

But man, it is getting bad.  Since I can't sleep, I have gotten to be very spaced out at work.  I nearly dropped pottery sherds more times than I could count yesterday - thankfully, I always caught them again before they hit the ground.  Thankfully, in a few days I'll be on another trip, but I'm terrified how many there will be when I get back.  Or worse, how bad the house will stink if one finally gets snap-trapped and rots for a few days.
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broken: i <3 jack!!liich on September 24th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
CALL. AN. EXTERMINATOR.

mice reproduce FAST!!!
http://www.afrma.org/mousemultiply.htm

other options: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Mice-Fast
Suzik00kaburra on September 24th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
There aren't any exterminators out here :( I'm living out in the sticks!
broken: i <3 jack!!liich on September 24th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
maybe see if you can get one of those ultrasonic thingies?

why are you not in san jose? when did that happen? are you there forever or just for a bit?
Suzik00kaburra on September 24th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'm in Utah at the moment for an internship at the Anasazi State Park. I've been here since the beginning of August and I'll be heading home in late October/early November. I blog about it sometimes, but one of the reasons I've gotten so into these subscription boxes is that there's not much else to do out here in this town of 200 people, 40 minutes from the nearest town of equally tiny size.
Suzik00kaburra on September 24th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
I might try ordering an ultrasonic thing tonight. I'll be picking up some peppermint oil to try and drive the mice away with the smell, because they just aren't going for the snap traps, no matter what bait I try!