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November 22, 2010

Why I am taking so Long with cleaning

Filed under: Animals — Laura R @ 2:13 PM

We have been having some mice troubles for a while now.
We have tried several types of “humane” traps but nothing does the job like the old fashioned snap  models. 

 However, our traps have been disappearing.  We can only assume the mice are carrying them away.

People wonder how we can have mice troubles when we have cats – more than the average household.

We even bring the barn cats in for colder weather –  the proven mousers.

(This video is not ours. Shows typical cat playing with mouse behavior.)

I believe the mice are getting braver, more daring

so for the benefit of my furkids, I continue to clean.

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  1. I love that last picture and now I am picturing mice walking off with the mousetraps:) Good luck cleaning.

    Comment by Jen — November 22, 2010 @ 5:52 PM

  2. Oh poooooooor you! Maybe the barn kitties are bringing their toys in with them?

    Comment by Stumpy and Cyndi — November 22, 2010 @ 9:25 PM

  3. Oh My! I can’t imagine the size of a mouse that would take off with your traps! Yikes! I’m scared for you!!! Whew! I do hope that you can get rid of those furry critters!

    You need the cat in the second video to take care of your mouse problem!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tuesdays’ Show & Tail!

    Comment by Angela — November 22, 2010 @ 10:03 PM

  4. We had rat problems some years back. I didn’t want to kill them so we bought humane traps and paid our son $5 for each one he relocated to a local park. They were up in the trees and coming down at dusk to eat at the bird feeder. It was kind of funny because the squirrels would be there eating for the last time of the day and they’d chase them back up. Then the cats discovered one under the refrigerator. When I saw it I screamed and the cats hid. I was happy to coexist with them when they were outside, but once they came into my space it was time for them to go. We reluctantly put down rat poisin in the attic. We no longer put bird seed out. It was attracting the rats and they can be a problem here.

    Comment by Betty — November 23, 2010 @ 8:06 AM

  5. Whoops…make that rat poison.

    Comment by Betty — November 23, 2010 @ 8:07 AM

  6. Well, about a year ago we had trouble with squirrels in the attic – I swear there were there forever – they were so incredibly smart! I couldn’t believe it. So good luck.

    I am here from Angela’s and just wanted to say hello!


    Comment by Sandie — November 23, 2010 @ 9:22 AM

  7. LOL! I’m thinking the cats are paid off by the mice to remove the mousetraps. Have you noticed the cats wearing a lot of new expensive bling lately? Have they been looking very relaxed like maybe they have been to the spa?

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — November 23, 2010 @ 11:28 AM

    • Now that you mention it, ALL the animals in the house do love peanut butter. (which we use to set the traps)

      Comment by dogsmom — November 23, 2010 @ 11:44 AM

  8. we have no cats but we do have our Jake and he is a mouser. but we get really big ones, bigger than a squirrel, for that we have traps like in your picture. the best bait we found is a piece of a jerky stick, the kind that comes in the little barrel to put in lunches. they love it. so if you are a dogs mom where are you dogs? can’t find them, but i see lots of good stuff on your side bar.

    Comment by Sandra — November 23, 2010 @ 12:05 PM

  9. Don’t you just cringe though when you here them snap, then flop around for a bit? I’m terribly allergic to cat dander, so traps are it for me!…:)JP

    Comment by JP — November 23, 2010 @ 5:07 PM

  10. Just came back to tell you that those feral kittens have been in our yard since they were five or six weeks old. I was feeding the mother while she was pregnamt. She’d show up twice a day for food, but then she disappeared for a couple of days and came back thinner. She didn’t have them in our yard, but I’m not sure where she kept them. She’d still come twice a day to eat and then leave, but when I tried following her she got nervous. I think she might have kept them hidden a few doors down, but the man never saw them. Then one day when they were six weeks old I went out and she was waiting to be fed with Scout. The others showed up later. I think she might have hidden them under our deck when they were about five weeks old. So, they’ve been living in our yard and garage for six months. They were used to our voices and quickly figured out we brought the food. So, I guess you could say I’ve been taming them for six months, but I only started with the treats a couple of months ago.

    Comment by Betty — November 23, 2010 @ 6:55 PM

  11. Funny photos! We are down to three cats now, but they are all too kindhearted to kill mice. Last time we had a mouse, I had to ask my 13 year old son to catch it in a shoebox and take it outside, as the cats watched.

    Comment by Mrs.Mayhem — November 24, 2010 @ 8:11 AM

  12. Great photo of the cat at the end! I can so sympathize with the mice problems. We live in an old house and every fall our long lost furry friends return to their wintering place. Ugh. We have tried all sorts of traps from snap to sticky. One time I got so mad because the mice kept visiting my bedroom. I was sitting for my sister’s bird and she was notorious for slinging her seed everywhere. Needless to say, my room was like a mouse buffet and I was going nuts. I finally lined my doorway with sticky traps from one end to the other and turned out the light. I figured I would get one of those buggers on the way out of my room. I came back later and discovered the little fur ball had simply moved a trap out of his way and exited the room. I began calling him the intellimouse. These days I just keep the poison buffet in my back staircase. As long as it is full, I never see a mouse in the house.

    Comment by SnoopyGirl — November 24, 2010 @ 2:10 PM

  13. Our cat would love to chase a mouse, but I’m sure eventually it would outsmart her and get away. I’m kind of impressed with your mice for carrying the traps away!

    Comment by Lauren @ Hobo Mama — November 24, 2010 @ 3:34 PM

  14. Thanks for including my Catch a Wave blog hop linky. I’m following you back.

    Comment by Cindy (Blogging Hints) — November 24, 2010 @ 3:55 PM

  15. we have mice & chipmunks in our garage, we have put out rat poison in those special poison boxes for the last couple years, but they are still around. they have collapsed the drain in the floor too… ugh! we did have 1 good mouser, but she still liked to bring them up to show us & play with them… not our idea of entertainment. But she was better at getting rid of moles & the chipmunks. So far I haven’t seen any in the house, but our doors need replacing badly… so I worry about that! funny pics this week. Have a Great Turkey day!

    Comment by Faythe ~ GrammyMouseTails — November 25, 2010 @ 12:16 AM

  16. Congratulations! You are the winner of my giveaway! 🙂 Please see my blog for details. Also, I know what you mean about the rats and mice. We have a big problem with that over here too. They won’t even go near the traps…and they climb trees like trapeze artists, lol 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Lynda — November 25, 2010 @ 10:11 AM

  17. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I love to meet new friends! I hope you’ll be back, and thanks for the recommendation about Late Night Coffee — I will probably be seeing you there on Fridays!

    Comment by Laurie — November 27, 2010 @ 6:01 PM

  18. Ok, we have Siberian Huskies and not cats, but still . . .

    Sitting in the den one day and saw a shadow. Looked over and a mouse was sitting on a top of a lamp. I pointed him out to the six sleepy Siberians who all yawned and rolled over. Sigh.

    Comment by D.K. Wall and The Thundering Herd — November 27, 2010 @ 7:36 PM

  19. Good luck with the mouse hunt. Hopefully they won’t start carrying off you or your furbabies!

    Comment by Donna — December 2, 2010 @ 1:20 PM

  20. Yikes! I hate mice! I couldn’t even watch the videos (I’d have nightmares!) I am such a ninny about mice. laurie

    Comment by laurie — December 2, 2010 @ 7:53 PM

  21. You should try the Rat Zapper ( – we are in the woods with lots of little furry friends that try to come in to our home every year like clockwork. We LOVE the rat zapper. Gets rid of them right away and no icky stuff either.

    Dr. Laura

    Comment by Dr. Laura @ — December 11, 2010 @ 5:23 PM

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