February 12th, 2008

Antioch Homecoming 2007 4


It's official: it's not just one mouse.

This morning I was awakened by the sound of my cat Jacob literally ripping the walls down. I gather he heard mice in there and decided the best way to get them out was to pry up the baseboard. Have I mentioned that Jacob is freakishly strong?

So bleary eyed and still half asleep, I made my way into the bathroom where I was promptly joined by a fast-moving, terrified little grey mouse, Jacob and Opie hot on her trail*. I managed to shove the boys out the door while the mouse basically levitated up the wall. Once the door was shut I tried to catch her, but she vanished somewhere into the closet (and, I believe, under the floor).

So now I'm spending my break scouring the internet, in search of humane methods of mouse control. This site looks promising (I plan to give peppermint oil a try), and features a link to PredatorPee.com, a site that sells urine in a variety of flavors (such as coyote urine, wolf urine and mountain lion urine). So here's my question for them: if predator urine keeps mice away, then why are the mice invading my apartment through the closet where the litter box lives?

* Tino is a lover, not a fighter. While the excitement was going on all around him, he enjoyed a leisurely nap on the couch.