At this time of year as the local amphibians start to go into hibernation, the tiny mammals start to think about where they're going to live during the long, dark and damp winter months. Some of these rodents think that it would be a jolly good idea to live in our house. The holes in the house that allow water and sewage in and out of our house make a nice way in and out for small rodents as well.
We normally find mice under our sink. This has historically been a good spot for them. They are protected from what ever cat or cats we have living in the house as there are tight fitting cabinet doors that protect the under-the-sink area. There is a way in via the plumbing I mentioned before. To add to that the fact that the internationally recognised place for the kitchen rubbish is under the sink. This provides the food that mice will need to live and indeed breed over the long winter months. I keep mousetraps set under the sink all year long but it is in the autumn that they trap has to be emptied most frequently. I'm not squeamish about these things. The trap just gets new bait and re-set. I keep meaning to block these holes with steel wool, but I never remember to buy some when I am in a hardware store or a D.I.Y. hypermarket.
Earlier in the autumn, our mousetrap broke. It was banged against the side of the wheelie bin a bit too vigorously and it broke. I stopped by a local shop on my lunch break and got another mousetrap (they may have sold steel wool but I seem to have a thing about not remembering it). It was the same model mousetrap as the broken one and the same sort of mousetrap I have been used to using for decades.
|Fairly reliable mousetrap|
I re-baited and re-set the mousetrap. Then again the next day the trap needed to be re-baited. I put new peanut butter on the mousetrap each day for a week while thinking that this new mousetrap was not very good.
|Empty but unsprung mousetraps!!|
|Ninja mice have been here!|