Traps have been clacking shut on the little heads of mice all over the Midwest this week.
It’s getting to be cold and blustery outside and the little buggers have thin fur coats. Who could blame them for moving inside to keep warm? Of course they bring all of their mousey children, aunts, uncles, friends and acquaintances. No one wants to be left behind, especially since the cool fall winds are blowing in with every intention of overstaying their welcome.
Simply put, there isn’t enough room for all of us and all of them to peacefully reside inside of homes and apartments. Yet, I still feel that it’s terrible to set out a tasty piece of cheddar cheese on the edge of a snap trap at a time when it’s hard for a mouse to get a decent meal. Who or what hungry creature could resist such a bright and inviting little snack?
Just this weekend, I was tempted to pull a piece of cheese off of a trap at a friend’s house where he was certain that he had detected “the smell of rodent” in his garage. By the next morning, he proudly announced that his suspicions were correct; he had trapped a fresh mouse.
Today, I went into a home that was known for bugs, but not mice. As I stood (for fear of sitting) interviewing the occupants, a sudden movement caught my attention. A few minutes earlier, the sight of roaches crawling across the floor and walls had caused me to stop mid-sentence until I could regain my thoughts. This was something bigger and furrier.
Glancing back in the direction of the movement, I lost my concentration again as a big, fat adult mouse scurried across the floor. It ran right to the dog’s silver food dish and started helping itself to the puppy chow. The rodent must have sensed my eyes on its grey back because it turned and looked directly at me, dropped its nugget and ran off back into the secret tunnels through the walls.
I asked the residents of the home, who were both sitting in broken down recliners mostly watching tv, “So do you have any problems with mice or bugs?”
The woman replied, “Oh sure, there’s just a few mice running around in here. We’re going to get some traps and that should take care of them.”
Nodding my head, I moved down the list, while I wanted to say, “Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Everyone on this street has a problem with pests: rats, bugs, lazy relatives. What matters is how you deal with the pests and traps are a great start.”