Iridescent - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )
We have lived in our house for 12 years now. We're on the very edge of a small town, and our back yard is a field. Every fall after harvest, we'd get 1-2 mice. Not a big deal, set the bread off the counter, get the traps, day or two and we're good to go. This year, it's a LOT! We've caught many mice this winter so far. They are not gone. Every house on our street is having the same problem, most likely because it's such a bad winter.
All our food is in cupboards above floor level and shelving mice can't climb. We moved out the fridge and put steel wool into a mouse hole we found behind it. We had glue traps out all winter and have caught several mice, but certainly not all. Two days ago one ran across our bathroom while I was using it. Last night, my husband found one in my daughter's bed! She's 3 and on a tube feed, and was screaming. With all the food put up at all times, and the table and floor cleaned immediately after meals all winter, I'm certain they're getting hungry, but I never thought a mouse would attack my child for her tube feeding! She didn't have any bites but it's scared us.
We aren't able to borrow a cat to hunt them as my husband is allergic and it's truly beyond what one cat can control. We can't poison because of the number of small children we have that could be harmed. My husband is picking up a ton of the traditional snap traps today and we're setting them.
What else can we do? This is a very old house, and the basement is crumbling (same as all the others on our block) with open holes to outside we can no longer repair. The estimate we were given for repair this summer was $30,000. We decided instead that we are building a new house this coming year, in the back yard, and tearing (BURNING?) this one down. But in the meantime, we have to live here.