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May 05, 2014

mouse invasion | the struggle is real

okay. i'll be the first to say that my house isn't sparkling clean.

but you know what it is? clean. i'm a clean person. dishes every day. floors at least twice a week. i get down on my hands and knees and polish that glorious wood. laundry on a schedule.

i even physically clean my washing machine. (upright machines can get moldy and stinky. i saw a dateline once.) you get the idea...

so you may be perplexed when i share with you the news that yes, we have mice. AGAIN!

farm problems, people. the struggle is real.

and when i say farm problems…i mean our farm problems. i don't recall amy ever complaining about mice in her sweet farm house just 18 miles away.

it all began YEARS ago when farmer and i were just dating. i wrote about the time i visited the farm (back when he was living in the single-wide that i would later move into.) and farmer and i went for a run. when we returned at least five baby mice and been birthed inside my shoe which was inside my overnight bag. you can read the whole story here.

that was the beginning of our everlasting mouse struggle.

we think this latest installment of mice encounters happened when my farmer left a backpack on our deck for a few days. he says it was out there for two…i'm guessing he meant two weeks. regardless, during those two days weeks, we think some mice must have set up camp inside the bag. when my farmer brought he backpack inside he threw it in his "work" closet…and that's when the taunting began.

a few nights ago i was downstairs watching a movie while farmer worked his 38th night in a row. all of a sudden i heard one of kaye's rattles move. ghost? no. obviously a mouse had run into it. i turned the flashlight on on my phone and watched that mouse run into one of our storage closets. "great," i thought. "farmer will have some mouse hunting to do when he gets home." i went back to watching my movie (a lifetime original about a woman wrongly accused of killing a hooker…classy).

that's when i was full-on assaulted by said mouse. it jumped ON the couch. i wish i could tell you i caught it with my bare hands and we never had to worry about it again…because that's what farm living is all about. but no. i leapt off the couch to our staircase landing, sprinted upstairs and promptly took up camp atop the arm of our couch for well over 30 minutes. higher grounds, people. it was the logical thing.

i feverishly began texting farmer about what my next move should be. he told me to relax. watch my movie. we'd set a bunch of traps when he got home. (yeah…if i survived that long.)

not five minutes later there was a scuffle in one of our upstairs closets. a real battle was going on. maybe we had a bigger problem? like a 'coon?

again, i feverishly texted my farmer. "get home now." the poor guy knew i meant business and pulled his tractor from the field. that's love. he was on his way to save me (and sleeping kaye) from this rabid beast.

since the closet debacle we've caught four mice. we had another live sighting downstairs last night. my farmer thinks we have it trapped in a closet full of peanut butter and mouse traps. i'm not holding my breath. it's more than likely going to eat all the peanut butter, lick it's little paws and emerge four pounds heavier. bastard mice.

i'll keep you all posted. pray for us.


23 comments on "mouse invasion | the struggle is real"
  1. Y'all need an army of cats to get the job done.

    Also, any tips for cleaning your upright machine? I need them!

    Floors twice a week?! hahahaha no way over here. I'm like, floors twice a...month?

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  2. OMG I stopped to comment after I read the post about the baby mice ... Ill go back and read the rest, but I must say this first. I WOULD HAVE DIED! haha

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  3. Girl, I don't blame you. I don't do mice! Thank goodness you have such a brave farmer to come save you!

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  4. Ahhh! To be honest...we once had mice in the suburbs of DC. And I would say get cats, but we have two and they PLAYED with the mice. It was ridiculous. One of them would pick up the mouse, carry it around, and put it down again rather than killing it. NO HELP. At least I don't have killer cats? Anyway, we ended up trapping them under boxes until we could figure out how to get them outside. Classy, I know.

    And so ends a comment about mice I never would have thought I'd write...

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  5. Oh my goodness! You're a stronger woman than me! Like you said, that's real love when the farmer will pull the tractor in early! Hopefully it all gets taken care of soon!

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  6. the struggle IS real. they are taunting you!!!

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  7. Oh, mice. I've had a run in or five when it comes to those little buggers. Right now we have them trying to invade our old '68 Ford and we are feverishly battling them to keep them from causing further damage to the seats. Little rat bastards they are. I've also had them try to set up camp in one of my saddles, talk about a surprise. Good luck!

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  8. You need barn cats! They're not the cutest of cats, and the pee on everything. But they've kept mice out of our place (so far)!!

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  9. Oh my! I had a run in with one in our garage the other day. I don't think they are scary, but I'm always startled when I see one because I'm like you with the cleaniness. Hang in there.

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  10. Eeeeek!! I would have freaked the f out!! Good luck! It may be time for a few cats!

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  11. Oh, girl we are in the middle of planting now, and my sweet bearded farmer KNOWS to come home when I have "that mouse tone" with him! We have had them stuck in our walls on and off the past few weeks and it's so disturbing to hear them running around in there. My little Nora has found a few dead ones outside and finally knows to not pick them up and try and play with them anymore...**shudder**

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  12. we had a rat problem in our garage and our attic at our old house... it was horrible!!! it made me feel like everything was gross and dirty!!!! good luck!!!!

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  13. Ooooh mice are the worst! Good luck.

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  14. its not just you guys, this past year we lucked out but i remember one year we had a solid ten or fifteen on traps within a month. those little a holes freak me out. i hate them!

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  15. Been there when I moved into my husbands grandmothers house with them, they had taken over. Find the nest and remove it, and them. Also Peppermint oil on cotton balls all around the house...behind washer/dryer/fridge in pantry and in cabinets with food! once you have them out keep up the peppermint deal about 1 time a month and they should stay away.

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  16. you are a braver soul than me - i would've moved out until exterminators handled it once and for all.

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  17. ooooh no! that sounds awful. we've had mice take over our outdoor storage shed and ruin some things, but we've since remedied that but fixing the gap under the door. fingers crossed you don't have anymore mouse encounters!

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  18. There are sensor things that you can buy at lowes or homedepot that send out frquencies to the mice to keep them away. We have them plugged in all of our outlets in our basement and haven't seen any signs of a mouse in the year or so since we got them. We have a bat in our basement which is equally disturbing! The only mouse I like is MICKEY!

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  19. Uh uh. No way. I have the heebie jeebies just reading this and my eyes are darting all over our house in search of those disgusting creatures. I cannot stand mice and I would've done the same as you...except maybe move. Yes, I would've made Nick up and move us out of the house and let those mice overtake our place.

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  20. I just got all itchy reading this. I truly hope the mouse issue gets taken care of ASAP for you! So sweet that your husband came in from working to your rescue I would have called my husband to drive home from work. I'm not sure I would have got the same response :)

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  21. Oh, farm living! The mice seem to be worse on our farm when they guys are in the field harvesting, but now that I've said that they'll probably move in next week... Sending prayers.

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  22. they are the worst! luckily we haven't had any INSIDE our house (unless you count inside the walls and our attic) but they are living underneath our house somewhere and inside our hay bales back in the horse barn.....I don't know why they are so scary but a bunny and a squirrel (both rodents) are so cute and I love spotting them.

    speaking of nasty inside, when my husband walked into the kitchen this morning there was a 7 inch long slug just chillin in the middle of the floor!! YUCK

    atparsons.blogspot.com

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  23. We've had mice off and in in our trailer for YEARS. One died in our furnace two weeks ago. Sick. I hate it. Glad we are moving soon. Good luck tackling yours! Thank goodness for husbands who are mice killers.

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