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Old 11-06-2014, 05:53 AM
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I'm ready to burn my house down.

All of it. For real. I feel like Ed Norton in Fight Club suffering from insomnia - which, subsequently has manifested itself into acute anxiety followed by a ringing in my ears (tinnitus).

I have never been "bested" by anything. Not ever. But these little fukkers are damn close.

About 6 weeks ago I was awakened by the sound of scratching in the attic. I figured it was a squirrel. Called the pest guy - he looked around and couldn't find any places of entry. He set some excluder traps just to be sure. 10 days go by - nothing... not a sign. I wrote it off and moved on with my life.

Enter a unique Monday morning. I had been drinking pretty hard the Sunday before - and that's relevant to this story.

4:45a Monday morning - wake up as I always do. (Not always like this though - I think my tongue was still stuck the the roof of my mouth and I could feel my pulse in my teeth). Conservative estimate: BAC was still hovering around a .15

I'm shuffling over to the coffee maker and out of the corner of my eye I swore that I saw something dart across the floor. I looked all around, banged on the walls, etc - trying to get some kind of feedback that I wasn't hallucinating. I wrote if off as still being drunk and just seeing stuff. Not really that common - but plausible, none the less.

For shits and grins - I called the pest guy anyway... I introduced the idea that I had been drinking pretty heavy the night before and that I could have just imagined this whole thing. Fact is, by the end of the day the only proof that I really had that I spoke to the guy was the simple fact that he showed up in my driveway about 5pm with some glue traps.

I put one in the pantry and went looking for where to set the other. Since I heard most of the noise in the attic - I figured I would take a look there. Sure enough - I found some mice tunnels though the attic insulation and more signs that these little bastards were entering the living area of my house through the attic - specifically through the hole in my bonus room wall that I used to run the HDMI cable to the projector.

Diversion: My house has a bonus room upstairs that is used as a theater room. The projector is ceiling mounted and the wiring runs through the ceiling into the attic - then back into the AV closet. This is where they were coming into the living space from. Miserable shitbags also ate my HDMI cable.

I think the best part of that day was when I left the office at 10:45a to go to Subway for a Buffalo Chicken sub with melted Swiss, bacon, and ranch dressing on it.

Anyway, I digress....

So I set the glue traps out that night... one in the pantry and another near the wiring chase in the theater room.

TBC...
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TBC

The drinking, the mouse hunt, or both?
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Sounds like another epic thread in the making.
Good luck getting the little bastards
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Thanks Chip . . . but let's skip forward to the scene with 'Roos walking down the all into bedroom while you're slowly recovering from the 25 year old single malt.

. . . and she's wearing:
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When living on our own, late 70's...myself and a few buds.

Lived in an Apt in the Philly..3 rd floor, come winter we had mice popping out of everywhere...

By the end of winter, that apt. looked like a bombed out building in Beirut.

We all had acquired bbguns one day and proceeded to have fun all winter....


Good times...

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Put out the poison and be done with it...Stuff works great...
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TBC

The drinking, the mouse hunt, or both?
Or the crapper episode from that Buffalo Chix Sammich!!
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Look for dirt trails on the outside corners of outside walls.Those critters can run up a wall as fast as they can run on the ground. They come on the power lines right to your roof also.
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Never ending battle around my place. Seems like every year right around this time when I have to start running the heater at night they find their way in.
So far sticky traps with a small piece of cinnamon bun placed in the center is the trick. Gets em almost every time.
Every once in a while one will get only partially stuck and manage to get away. I think those end up dying of old age cause you will never catch em with a sticky trap again.

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Snap traps have worked well for me. Funny you mention time of year as we always have the issue around Halloween as I take the kids Reeses peanut butter cups for bait as they are the best thing I have found.
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Sorry Mike. I'm gonna need you to turn in your man-card.
Guess I'll turn in mine, too. Our cat's a rat-catching beast. Added bonus: she eats them. Better than a BOGO on cat food.
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Sorry Mike. I'm gonna need you to turn in your man-card.
Yup. Install weinerdog. I have had one for 9 years now. They are effing mice assassins. If I ever do have a mouse, she will sit and wait there, biting anyone who tries to move her, until the mouse eventually has to come out and then destroy it. Haven't had any mice issues, needless to say.
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Facilities put a glue trap in my office, and I never knew til I moved a file cabinet and found the dessicated mouse stuck to it.
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Betcha it's Roof Rats ,not mice.
Rats make runs and dribble urine as they move about and their runs will be stained from the urine and droppings.
They are also smart and often if you set a trap and catch one then reset it in the same spot they won't touch it again.
Poison bait bricks work very slow and you run the risk of the rat dying in an unreachable place (always) or seldome checked area and causing stench.
I went under my hose last winter and found skeletons of some that had eaten the baits and died in a damp spot under their entry hole in the foundation vent where they went for water after eating the poison.
Roof rats actually prefere to live outdoors untill it gets cold and then you will see them in the house. My Terrier love to go out and tree them in the fig tree and arborvitae trees and I take the flashlight and pellet gun and shot them.
Good luck ,hope it's mice and not rats.
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Man I feel your pain. I've been bested by these sobs for the last month. I've tried sticky traps, spring traps, night time stalking, everything. I'm about at my wits end, my pest guy said the poison wasn't a good idea but I'm thinkin it's my last resort.
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The place to catch them is in the base cabinets. Get yourself some mouse traps and put some peanut butter on them. It will sound like small arms fire going off. They love peanut butter.

There probably field mice moving in for the winter.
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The place to catch them is in the base cabinets. Get yourself some mouse traps and put some peanut butter on them. It will sound like small arms fire going off. They love peanut butter.

There probably field mice moving in for the winter.
Do they remain field mice once they've relocated inside or does that moniker change?
Maybe call em Jefferson mice (since they've moved on up)
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