Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Return of the Mouse Commandos

The Fortress has been mice free for a year and half. I hoped that by killing all of them with the precision that only someone like me that is 1/4 German and all ninja could do, that it would forever deter others from ever trying to come back. Unfortunately, mice have a short memory. I don't think I cook enough in the fortress for a mouse to survive on my leftovers, but I do live in a townhouse (unless you are trying to kill me, in which case I live on a farm in Kansas) which makes it difficult to avoid invaders because they could come from either house next to me.

I saw one the other day. I dug through my stuff for the mouse traps that I hoped I'd never need and I caught one a few days ago and another last night. But I noticed a strange thing...on a couple of the unsprung traps, the traps were still in place but someone had eaten the peanut butter out of them, but not sprung the trap. Mad skillz, yo!!! I loaded them up with peanut butter again in the hopes that the mouse will get cocky and then I'll get him.

Also...some a-hole put a car with no plates in my driveway. We know how I feel about that. I kicked it a few times (not kidding) , and left a nasty note on it and promptly called the cops to have it ticketed and towed. I don't think the cops will do anything about it (when have they ever done their job?) but we'll see.

15 comments:

lemmonex said...

Gotta respect the mice for that one. I don't think I would risk my life for some PB. MAYBE some carrot cake, but not peanut butter.

Duane said...

Understanding of course that my hatred for mice is based soley on the premise that any creature great or small that craps where it wants in my home is not welcome…
But the two things I've learned about mice is that they Despise low carb peanut butter (understandably) and that they are mental for the Reeses Peanut butter cups (also guilty on that count too).
Just mix some regular peanut butter with the peanut butter part of the peanut butter cup, into a paste and rebait.

Jamie said...

You're lucky they just ditched their joyride in your driveway. When that happened to me a few years ago, the douche bags thought it would be a lot more fun to set it on fire before leaving.

Anonymous said...

My trap bait of choice is raw bacon. Never lets me down.
Atmikha
Rodent Slayer

John said...

A year and a half is pretty good, isn't it? In the wild they only survive for around 6 months on average; that means it took three generations for them to overcome their fear of you.

Anonymous said...

At least in IL the police cannot remove a vehicle from private property. You may need to call your local tow company and pay them a fee to remove it, unfortunately. Unless you want to sign a relocation contract with that tow company, post signs, and then they can tow it for free. At least thats how we do it up here, so perhaps this info is pretty useless.

HomeImprovementNinja said...

lemmonex : carrot cake? maybe with bacon...

Duane: thanks for the tip!

Jamie: luckilly, it's gone today.

Anonymous: thanks for the tip too!

John: you think they spoke of me like voldemort?

Anonymous: yeah, here it has to be ticketed first, then ticketed again with a "tow request", then you can call and have it towed. sux.

MadMumbler Mommy said...

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Not spam, just saw them on a TV show and they look WICKED ninja-esque! I'm glad I don't have mice, but if I did, I'd get these bad boys.

Anonymous said...

There's a sonar thing you can get at Lowe's. It emits a sound that drives rodents crazy but humans can't hear. It's like a miracle, how fast thty disappear....

Quinn

moxie said...

Gah. I noticed the two cats (who hate each other) staring at a small hole in the wood under my kitchen cupboards. I worry about the gerbil that escaped years ago without a trace, I think there is a race of cross-bred "merbils" living here.

sara said...

I know. Just get a cat. A cat will fix everything. Plus, they aren't as needy as dogs. And think, you won't be pissed off at the car if you get a cat. It's impossible to look at a cat for more than 15 mintues without laughing, or that's the word on the street.

sara said...

I'll link to you! I enjoy reading it!

zandria said...

Ewww...mice! I saw a couple when I lived at my old apartment, but luckily none in my new place. (So far! And hopefully it stays that way!)

When my dad used to leave mousetraps, I remember he'd have the same experience with the peanut butter being gone but the traps not being sprung...

HomeImprovementNinja said...

MadMumbler Mommy: thanks. I've seen those, but they didn't hurt enough when I stuck my finger in it.


Anonymous: thanks. I'd like them dead though, but I may end up going with that.

moxie: Well, it's good they united against a common enemy.

sara: yeah, but a dude with a cat looks kinda gay.

zandria: yeah, I gotta go with something they have to tug at maybe.

C&C said...

We had mice when we moved in, but we also have two cats. The cats played with the mice, didn't kill or eat them - big help there. We tried traps, they stole the food. One ran close to my foot, I screamed (husband said like a banshee) and we never saw any again. They either got tired of being carried around the house by our cats, or they decided to go somewhere quieter - not sure. As for the car, glad it's gone. My only idea was to push it out in the street after dark and then the cops would have to have it towed. Good luck with the mice!