Mouse: Part II

March 19, 2007 at 2:54 am 2 comments

Two months ago I saw a mouse in my flat. It disappeared and I never saw it again. None of the traps I put down caught anything. I assumed it had gone.

The little bastard is back. It scampered out from under the washing machine, then scampered back. Its paws make click-clack noises on my wooden floor. This time, I wasn’t letting it get away so easily. I pulled the washing machine out and discovered there’s a big gap letting it get behind the cupboards. Looking at the way the walls are arranged, there seems to be some kind of duct or flue behind the sink (this is an old-ish building, so it might even be a chimney). I’d assume that this is where the mouse got in before and is presumably where it goes. I stuck a trap down by it. and pushed the washing machine back in.

The good news, I suppose, is that there’s no evidence of there being a nest anywhere. There’s no droppings at all around its entrance or anywhere else in my flat. I’m often fairly nocturnal myself and since it makes noise whenever it moves around, I’d have noticed if it had any kind of regular presence here. So what I have, I guess, is a mouse on a forraging mission. There’s presumably a nest somewhere in the building and it’s fairly free to move around inside the walls.


So, there’s not much I can do about it, really. It’s not a big enough problem to get worked up about. I’ll just go back to jumping at every damn noise I hear, thinking that there’s some kind of creature invading my flat. How hideous. And once every few months I’ll be right.


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  • 1. puddlejumper  |  March 19, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Hate to tell you this but my granny used to say there is no such thing as just one mouse in your house.

    I have friends who had a mouse problem.

    But they are vegetarian and didn’t want to put down traps.

    After a quick housemeeting they agreed the mouse had to go and would probably need to be killed, but they wanted to do it as humanely as possible.

    They caught it and then put it in the freezer.


    After reading up on death it appeared that hypothermia is one of the most pleasant ways to go.

    No one mentioned to them that in the freezer the poor mouse would probably have suffocated.

  • 2. experimental chimp  |  March 19, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    I’m certain there’s no nest in here. There’s no evidence of one at all (and I’ve looked). Besides, they make loud clitter-clatter noises when they run across my floor and I haven’t heard this in between the first sighting and seeing this one. So, my guess is there’s a nest somewhere in the building and, because there’s chimneys and ducts and things, they have the run of the place. Occasionally one finds its way in here. The building work going on has probably disturbed them a bit.

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