Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Happy Hump Day. I feel like I have had THE most boring week ever. I really have nothing at all to blog about.

On the home front, I went down to do laundry the other day and turned the washing machine on while I started to fill the cup of detergent. At taaht moment, the smell hit me. I looked down.

Yup.

Another dead mouse. In my washing machine. What the heck??

When we left for the weekend for NY, I left the lid of the washing machine open. Obviously, the little buggar fell/climbed in and then could not get back out. I'm assuming he starved to death. On a happy note, at least most likely I didn't drown the last mouse we in the washing machine....he might have already been in there when I threw the clothes in. And I'm also pretty thankful I found this particular little critter in the basement and not up in the house like the last time.

Ugh. But still. We don't want any kind of vermin in our house!!! YUCK.

Big D put some mouse traps in the basement...and while I feel supremely guilty that I will be responsible for the death of the mice in my basement, I still don't want them in my basement!

Geez, has anyone else had a mouse problem before in their home? HOW DO YOU STOP THEM? Especially when you don't know exactly where they are coming in?

15 comments:

Melissa said...

I've got nothing...but can I get a ick! Yuck!

Kel said...

Ewe..maybe you should put mouse traps in your washer...seems to be where they want to be!

Sorry not much help here.

Stephanie said...

I'm at a total loss here...I have no idea what to do. The only time I've seen a mouse in the house, I caught the house in question on fire. Sort of. So I'm probably not the person to ask...

ALF said...

I would think that your dogs would handle the problem. If not, get a cat. That's my best advice.

My neighbor (who is a little nuts) claims to have caught more than 50 mice in her garage in the last year. We live directly behind her and have not seen a single mouse. The difference - we have 2 dogs and a cat; they have a baby.

Poltzie said...

We had mice and because I'm so horribly afraid of them I moved out and told the hub I wasn't coming back until he got rid of them.
He searched the house inside and out to find the entry point (many times he turned off the lights and had a flashlight to see if he could see where the light was coming in). Once he found the entry point he sealed it off and we've never had them back again.
Good Luck!

Cecily R said...

I can handle a lot of creepy crawly stuff, but mice give me the skeevies. Mice and flippy live fish that aren't in a tank. Shudder.

Krystyn said...

I'm clueless on this one. I would go a google search, but I'm thinking mouse traps are the way to go. There might be something more friendly, but if you don't have to deal with it, then oh well.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

who doesn't have a dead mouse in the washer and dryer? Hellllo :) hee hee

Jaina said...

Ugh ::shudder:: I hate mice. I remember going to get something out of the washer early one morning for my mom, and there was definitely a mouse in there...it WAS alive...which I think might be worse, I don't know. My grandpa came over to help my mom get it out since my dad had to take me to school.

Chele76 said...

yikes.. another mouse in the house?!?! As much as I hate to admit it, I would invest in some traps too.

jules said...

You need a little mouse ladder in your washer. Next to it put a bunch of pamphlets for the mice telling them to leave. Let them know there is a really "nice" guy who lives next door and he is kinda lonely and needs some friends so he can leave you alone!!

I too would hate to send them to Heaven, but I wouldn't want them in my house either.

We had them in the Dr's office I worked at (her office was attached to her house) we put trapped where we found them and eventually.....

krissy said...

Where in the hell are you getting these damn mice from.

Are they trying to committ suicide and your washer is the place to do it.

Geesh...you would think that they would just find a cat or something if they wanted to end it.

GoteeMan said...

yep, had that happen - the whole mouse in the washer thing... except he made it into the dryer as well, and ... well, you get the idea... (smear, gross, rewash)...

well, there are several approaches. you can leave out manual traps (spring loaded) to catch them. I find they love peanut butter more than cheese for bait. you can also go hi-tech and get a zapper trap (much less messy, battery operated)... or put out bait blocks. only problem with bait blocks is that if they eat it and go back into the wall and die, you get the joy of the week or two of bad smells... can also call a vermin pest control service... but they will likely do one or more of these things, and charge you $$ for it... unless you have a flute and can get the little suckers to go on a day hike out of your house...

By the way, if they are roof rats, they are coming in through the roofline, jumping onto the house from overhanging limbs, etc, so it may be necessary to cut those back... also, look for holes, rat droppings, etc. outside and in your attic (if you have an open one)...

J/

Robyn said...

The only thin I got to work when I was in an apartment building was poison, but The you have to have to find the suckers, most of mine must have been found in other apts.

The Captain's Wife said...

My cat takes care of the mouse problems.......