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There's A Mouse In The House


Last week I found mouse droppings in my kitchen drawers. Everything came out and I will never use the drawers again. Israel laughs at me. He cleaned them and fixed a hole. He tells me it's fine to use the drawers.
Doesn't matter. I don't care.

Today I am sitting where I always sit and work on my computer and out of the corner of my left eye, I see something. I tell myself maybe the other eye is getting floaters. 

But then a little bit later I'm in the bathroom and I definitely see a mouse come out from underneath the door that goes to my hot water heater, which is just across from the bathroom, and run to the kitchen. 

You can bet I scooped up these pupsters so fast and grabbed the phone. I called Israel and got voice mail. So I called again because I was not putting my babies down when a 5-6 inch intruder was invading my home.

Israel was here in under 30 minutes. I took the dogs out on the patio, where I may live if he doesn't figure out this dilemma pretty quick. And I won't have chemicals of any variety in my apartment. 

Charlie is shaking like a leaf because I suppose he saw it as well. 

I'm not afraid of a lot of things. I can pick up a spider or bug and put it back outdoors. I don't mind lizards. But I can't abide two things: snakes and mice. 

I have moved everything from my kitchen drawers to other places around the apartment. I WILL NOT use those drawers again. 

On principle. Knowing those damned mice had me fooled (probably laughing at me) while I was freely reaching my hands in those drawers getting dish towels and Saran Wrap and thinking nothing was amiss. 

Then one day I see their little calling cards. And I throw down whatever I reached in there for, dumped everything out of the drawers. And sent a quick SOS to Israel. 

I was beside myself. I was shrieking. I was terrified my babies would try to bite a mouse and it would have some deadly disease. 

I had nightmares that night. And the next night. And the next. And now I actually see one of the little buggers today. 

Every few seconds my eye moves from this computer screen and checks out the door from under which that most unwanted of visitors came running out earlier and went straight into my kitchen. 

Israel has moved out the refrigerator. Put whatever those things are everywhere. (I'm not looking, I tell you.)

But I'm terrified I will go to bed and get up to go to the bathroom tonight. And bleary eyed and without my glasses, I will come face to face with one. 

It is all out war. And will be until every little inch of space, every tiny nook and cranny is covered up, nailed down and free of little passages for the rodents.

We're under siege here, people.

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  1. Ok, Brenda, relax. But just a little! I hate mice, too. Do you ever leave the patio door open for the pups? If so, you may have inadvertantly let the little guy in. Do you feed the birds? If so, you have quite possibly given nutrition to him as well. Let Israel put out traps and check for holes that can be stuffed with steel wool. Everyone gets a mouse every once in a while. Sterilize your drawers once the varmit is gone and use them. May all be back to normal soon.
    Happy trapping!
    Susan

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  2. Ok, Brenda, relax. But just a little! I hate mice, too. Do you ever leave the patio door open for the pups? If so, you may have inadvertantly let the little guy in. Do you feed the birds? If so, you have quite possibly given nutrition to him as well. Let Israel put out traps and check for holes that can be stuffed with steel wool. Everyone gets a mouse every once in a while. Sterilize your drawers once the varmit is gone and use them. May all be back to normal soon.
    Happy trapping!
    Susan

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    1. No, for that very reason I won't ever leave the patio door open. I don't feed the birds because of that. I try to provide them with natural means of berries and such to eat because I'm not contributing to the rodent problem when there's restaurants all around here, and I imagine they have free reign in the dumpsters.

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  3. Poor little mouse just wants to live with you, Brenda. :)

    Just kidding...I'm not scared of them but they are nasty.

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    1. I'm really more afraid for the pupsters than me. I'm not stupid enough to go after one with teeth bared. And poor Charlie only has two teeth.

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  4. I'm with you! They are disgusting, nasty, disease carrying vermin. My Mom-in-love used to make me crazy when she would say they were just cute little field mice. We live in the country so get more than our fair share. Imagine our faces when one popped out of the furnace grate and ran across our guests feet to the kitchen! Oh my! Good luck in the war!

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    1. Cute??? I often think squirrels are cute and then I remember that they are also rodents.

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  5. I told Israel I wouldn't sleep as long as I knew one could come or go out from under that space under the door that goes to the hot water heater. So he went to his shed, cut some kind of thing that goes under doors, and attached it to the inside of the bottom of that door. I guess I can close my eyes and sleep now tonight.

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    1. I have lost sleep as well; it's not funny.

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  6. We used to have them alot in our old house. I just hated it. I wont tell you my stories. Good luck.

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    1. No, I don't need to imagine any other stories right now. I was terrified of them as a child too.

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  7. We had them for a spell once at our old house. I may have been known to use a shovel to pick up the used mouse trap with its prey attached.

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    1. I would do the same thing. But I want it DEAD first!

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  8. Mice can compress the bones in their skull so they can fit through a hole the size of a pencil eraser. Set the traps, th will go away, and wash things and you will be fine. You'd die in the country. We don't like vermin anymore than you do but we can't get hysterical because of something lik a mouse.

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    1. Well count me as one who gets hysterical over a little ole mouse too. We all have one thing or another that we become hysterical over...it is what it is and there is nothing wrong with that. I hope you are rid of the vile thing soon Brenda and have peace again.

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    2. I haven't gotten hysterical, I have not screamed or have cried yet --- but I am PISSED beyond pissed, LOL. I keep laughing, because I refuse to let this make me cry.

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  9. Just the vision I needed, although I knew that. I can and do get hysterical due to a mouse. I'm not afraid of intruders, living alone, etc., but I am unfortunately terrified of a mouse...it is what it is.

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  10. You need to get a grip on this fear, if you have nightmares try facing the fear. Mice are everywhere. We have seen them on the 21st floor in our Fl. Condo! I have talked to myself, calmed myself down and now when I trap one I am able to feel safe. I do have someone else remove them in the trap, though, I am not that brave. My dogs bark and scare the mice!

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    1. A dead mouse was underneath those drawers in a trap before I moved here, because Israel found it and I know no one put it there since I moved in 2 years ago. So I was living with a dead one.

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  11. Same thing happened to me this winter! I thought I was seeing things at first, but no. I was in the bathroom, using the facilities, when one ran by. That was an unfortunate place to be when that happened. I think they are gone now, but I still am on hyper vigilant watch. Ugh.

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    1. Not using the drawers doesn't bother me. They've never opened or closed right because they weren't built correctly. Every time I open or close one more paint is nicked off that I have to redo. I don't like using them.

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    2. My Scottie was the one who picked up on it first. She kept running from floor vent to floor vent in every room -- I have not had her a year yet and she is hyper; she has OCD and ADHD it seems, so I thought this was just her being her nutty self -- she's only 2 years old, so we are just really now getting to know each other. NOW I KNOW -- she KNEW there were mice long before I ever saw one. They were here way too long before I started interventions, so basically now the whole house and garage have been run through and poop and peed on. I have found a few places where they haven't gotten and I baited those places up, but it's not enough unscathed places to make me feel better.

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  12. Brenda, The same here mice and snakes, I will pick up anything but a mouse scares me to death, and you feel so nasty after you clean up after them! as long as I had a cat I never saw one! They absolutely terrify me!

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    1. Well, I can't get a cat. You can't have more than two pets.

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  13. A few years ago, I kept hearing scratching in my walls as I read in the family room around 2 am. Then one night I heard scratching coming from my kitchen utensil drawer. After I finally got enough courage, I pulled open the drawer. No mouse but plenty of mouse droppings and shredded yellow corn on the cob holders. The next day I cleaned the drawer and everything in it. I'm still alive, Brenda. We set mouse traps in the basement and baited them with peanut butter. They love it. I think we caught 9 mice. Buy a trap that is a complete, covered trap. You can release the dead mouse but you can also throw it all out. All you'll see is the tail. Many years before that when my daughter was young and my husband was traveling, I caught sight of a mouse running along the baseboard in the kitchen while we were eating dinner. I had to be brave for her so I trapped it with a pot. Hours later I managed to somehow scoop the pot lid underneath and then ran into the backyard and threw the whole thing as far as possible. I didnt retrieve that pot for a long time. Hate mice but I have woods all around.

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    1. I've heard the scratching in the walls behind the refrigerator.

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  14. I am same as you! We had snakes, coyotes, etc in the country. But mice ...no can do. The peanut butter works. Buy tons of traps that won't hurt the pups and good luck! Watch the movie I'll see you in my dreams. She had a black rat in her house and slept on her patio. But that was a movie! Ha! Sheila

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    1. There's a beautiful patio out there for critters to run around. They don't need to come inside!

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  15. Brenda, The mouse trap I used was the dCon covered snap trap. They are about $5.50.

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    1. The complex takes care of paying for it, thank goodness.

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  16. Just think... until today you used that drawer.
    do you think there have been no mice in that drawer before? Before you moved in there?
    Just breathe...
    sterilize... and go about business as usual.

    You know what they say... if you see one, there are probably about 5.
    I live in the country.
    Its a constant battle here in my old farm house. :/
    We've had mice, snakes, and birds... Oh! and one tree frog. Blech!

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    1. What grosses me out is that the day I found them in the drawers, Israel took out all the drawers and under the bottom drawer was an old mouse trap with a long dead mouse in it. Had to have been there before I moved here two years ago! Yuck!

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    1. I think what some of the folks here are missing is a REAL fear of mice. Many here have said that they terrify them. I am the same way. It may be ridiculous to others but that doesn't mean it is not a REAL fear for others. Yes I believe fears need to be conquered or at least attempted to be conquered. I am 45 years old. I have had a fear of mice for 40 years of my life ad it will always be with me no matter what I do. Why make comments such as these?

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    2. Please explain what is ridiculous about having fears and phobias...

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    3. and what about your kind hearted blogger pledge?

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  18. Great story to end the weekend.

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  19. I feel the same way you do. I would be at my daughter's real fast. Than have someone else, set traps for the rest of them. We all have our pet peeves.

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  20. This reminds me of when my boys were little. Summertime. Them and a few of the neighbor boys playing outside. One opens the door saying "something's here" and IN RUNS A CHIPMUNK. Into the kitchen, right in front of a dozing cat in the dining room and the afternoon commenced with us all chasing this poor chipmunk around the house. FInally captured in the bathroom upstairs with a towel. They are so darn cute outdoors but when they are in your house and you don't want one running across your feet when least expected it is a different story

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    1. I like squirrels and lots of cute little critters when they're outside. But inside, not so much!

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  21. Same here. Deathly afraid of mice and snakes. Can't even look. Usually a rat-trap with cheese in it will get the job done, and hopefully Israel will find where they're getting in, and soon.

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    1. These apartments were built in the sixties. Not that ones built today are built better or anything. But there's been time for all kinds of little holes to be made. Israel found another spot around an electric outlet he had to plug up.

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  22. I'd be more afraid of an intruder than a silly little mouse. Ridiculous!

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    1. I'd know an intruder was coming. I have barking dogs.

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    2. I repeat..Please explain what is ridiculous about having fears and phobias...

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    3. I didn't say anything about fears/phobias. Brenda left a comment on another's comment stating she's more afraid of a mouse than an intruder, which I think is ridiculous. Let's see: You have on one side a tiny mouse that is more pesky than anything, but relatively harmless, and on the other side, you have an intruder who is big and probably wielding a knife and/or a gun with the intent of causing bodily harm. Now, which would you rather have to contend with? A tiny albeit pesky rodent that runs away when they hear you freak out or an intruder who intends on hurting you, not matter how much you freak out? I don't care how much Brenda's dogs bark informing her of an intruder. If he intends on breaking in and hurting her, no amount of barking would stop him. Unless, of course, she has a 9-mil at her disposal, in which case, she blows his a** away!

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  23. I used to manage an apartment complex on a river where raccoon's were a problem. They would get in the attic spaces, walls, and dumpsters and, being nocturnal, they prowled at night - scratching and bumping in the walls - scaring my residents to death! Half of the residents were calling the office crying, threatening to move out and the other half were setting out dishes of cat food on their patios and porches for them. I moved to another complex before the problem was resolved, but I sympathize with your mouse dilemma. I hate them too and they seem to be able to get into the tiniest little spaces. I hope you never see one again!

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    1. I have gone many years without actually seeing a mouse. I hope to go many more after seeing this one.

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  24. Eeeek! I hate mice, also. What a horrible experience for you and the pupsters. I feel for you. Had mice in my house, too. The cat killed one and immediately presented it to me! Also, used enclosed mice traps. You load them with cheese and when the mice enters the trap, it snaps shut. Didn't have to even see the mouse, just threw the enclosed trap in the garbage.

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  25. Oh my! I truly am sorry for your mouse issues. We have had mice off and on and, while I don't freak out, I don't want any creatures invading my house either. While that is all true believe me, I did get a little laugh from your post and the replies, especially the woman who threw the pot and didn't come back for it for a long time! We have used several types of traps, just don't use the poison. They die in your house, stink, and you can't find them.

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    1. One was under my kitchen drawers dead in a trap. Had to have been there over two years, because no one put it there since I've lived here.

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  26. Our daughter who lives in the country had the same problem and they finally had to get 2 barn cats to take care of the problem. No more mice in the house, but our daughter still keeps her silverware in jars on the countertop! Eek!

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    1. Yes, the very reason I've had my silverware in jars and pots for years!

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  27. I'm not a fan but I've gotten used to keeping traps set in various places in my house....living in the country, they are just a fact of life. I would rather a little mouse any day rather than the roaches and rats I used to see regularly when I lived in NYC!!!

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    1. I hate roaches and rats. But when are they mice and when are they rats?

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  28. You need to find why they are there. There is some kind of food source they are after.

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  29. Brenda, I'm so sorry, but you had me chuckling to myself as I read this! There's D-Con and there's mouse traps (use peanut butter)!. We've had them in our drawers at the cottage. I took everything out and washed them and washed the inside of the drawers. It only happened the one time in all the years we've lived up there. I saw something, a long time ago, how some guy built a plexiglass cover that fit over the inside of the drawer with a little knob to use for opening this cover. It really was a neat idea and there was no way any mouse or bug or spider would be able to get in. It had a hinge and everything, but we never needed to do that because Mr. Cottage started using D-Con under the cupboards. It's the bugs, spiders and wasps that I can't stand; but then again, anything that shouldn't be in our cottage or house, creeps me out!

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  30. You have my DEEPEST sympathy. I HATE them. In the last place we lived we caught DOZENS in one month. It was just awful. They are tricky little vermin. We used snap traps and actually caught TWO at a time on occasion (meaning in the very same trap together). How did we get rid of them? We moved. It sounds like you caught them before they got deeply established. That's a good thing! I'm hoping this is all you shall ever see at your place!

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  31. We've had invasion of mice several times living here. And sorry to say, but when you see one mouse, that means there's more. Every possible crack in the house has to be plugged up with steel wool. Be sure to put all your dry goods (cereal, pasta, flour, etc) in sealed containers.

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    1. YES, that is what I am doing the rest of the year. I had a mouse jump into the control panel of my stove and had to plug that little opening up with steel wool.

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    2. Also every pantry item has to be scrubbed as well as the pantry walls and shelves. I had to spend at least $200 on metal containers and heavy duty plastic containers.

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    3. I think my mice were also squeezing thru the floor vents; yesterday I was able to use the wire mesh, aka hardware cloth, and shape it behind a floor vent, and the best part, when you cut it, it leaves sharp pokry parts that I could bend in toward the duct -- so they will get poked if they try to squeeze through the ducts now. You have to get the smallest size mesh, like the opening is only as big as a pencil eraser. The web info states that mice can squeeze thru holes that are dime sized and rats can squeeze thru quarter sized holes. My mice ATE the wood baseboard in my pantry to get in. So I am going to get a staple gun and line the bottom of the pantry with the steel mesh -- it can be painted to match the pantry color to blend in.

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  32. I don't freak out over a living mouse, but a stiff dead one gives me the creeps. I could not take one out of a trap for anything. Do people just throw the trap away after the mouse has been murdered? I had a cat that caught them and would bring them in as a present, I guess. I never knew when I might find a dead mouse at my feet. When she came in from outside we had to check her at the door to see if she was bearing gifts.A large grassy field surrounds us, so that cat had her own hunting preserve. Good luck in your eradication efforts.

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  33. I don't freak out over a living mouse, but a stiff dead one gives me the creeps. I could not take one out of a trap for anything. Do people just throw the trap away after the mouse has been murdered? I had a cat that caught them and would bring them in as a present, I guess. I never knew when I might find a dead mouse at my feet. When she came in from outside we had to check her at the door to see if she was bearing gifts.A large grassy field surrounds us, so that cat had her own hunting preserve. Good luck in your eradication efforts.

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  34. Brenda, I wish you well in your fight against the mice.

    I've had cats all my life and never had any vermin problems. We did have two bats somehow get into the house when I was a kid, but the cats got them, believe it or not.

    I did have a starling get into the house. That was kind of scary. It kept erratically flying around, banging into the walls and leaving sooty black smudges. My husband figured it came in through the chimney since it was sooty. I opened all the outside doors and just waited for it to leave while I stayed out of it's way. lol Now it's funny but it wasn't them.

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  35. Have you tried putting cotton balls with peppermint oil in the drawers and behind appliances? This oil is a repellent for mice.

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  37. THIS IS EXACTLY how I feel. I was pulling utensils out of my utensil containers thinking everything was clean. People have no idea how GROSS the whole thing feels to be invaded by pee and poo on everything. And now I have a BITE on the back of my head, that I cannot even see. With 2/3 of us being sick already here, and every day being a struggle with Fibromyalgia and an arthritic dog, plus a rescue puppy that was not properly house-broken.... I can see how this could drive a person to madness; my plate was already FULL. I am coping by knowing that this house & garage will get a great cleaning and new prevention. I know someday they will out-fox me and still be here, but I am making it VERY hard for them to live.THIS IS WAR. Obviously the people who have not gone thru this nightmare, think it's funny, not serious or not very stressful -- but it is. I don't think I will ever be able to use the drawer under the stove again because I think it will have to be permanently baited. I have had to throw out 1/3 of my stuff and EVERYTHING salvageable has to be washed and disinfected = EVERYTHING in the whole house and garage. The rest of 2016 >>> this is my life for the rest of this year, cleaning up after mice. I cannot afford professional help to clean the whole house. A whole year of my life has been stolen just because of MICE. I had a vacation planned and creative things I wanted to do. Now my budget is wrecked and I will get nothing else accomplished except getting my taxes prepped for next April. I FEEL YOUR PAIN. PS: MICE are a serious public health hazard -- they carry LYME Disease and Hanta Virus -- LOOK IT UP. And they can carry ticks on your pets from the mice. THIS IS SERIOUS.

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  38. I did find a pretty cool use for all the prescription pill bottles I had no idea what to do with. I put peanut butter and Tomcat tiny bait pellets in those and hid them all over -- out of reach of the dogs of course. When I want to clean the counters, I just put the lids back on and wipe down everything, then re-open the containers and conceal them behind other items. I had at least 2 mice living in my gardenia and snake plants, so I concealed the baited pill containers in the pots. I have been looking for more uses for these containers for YEARS, now there will not be so many in the landfills. They are also perfect for outdoor use when earwigs are eating your plants; you bury the container a bit in the soil OR even tie it to the tree or plant and fill it 1/3 with beer -- YES BEER; the cheapest will do. Earwigs love beer more than they love plants -- you will have to empty and re-fresh the containers every 2-3 days, but this is supper-effective and will save your flowers and fruits.

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  39. My little dachshund, Midge, catches mice and shakes them till they're dead. One time she dropped a live one and our other doxie, Jax, snatched it up and swallowed it in the blink of an eye! Ugh. But he eats his own poo, so I guess a live mouse isn't so bad! 😉

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