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Success is short lived

“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”-the definition of insanity.

So remember our issues with mice?  We thought we had solved them…turns out that’s a negative.

We tried a couple different things and we were just going to give them time to work but then one of those nasty little buggers showed itself.  It was after the hubby left for work in the morning.  I was making breakfast (and by myself) and the mouse decided that was a good time to shoot out from behind the stove and run out towards our living room. (Freak-out commencing…)

I was going to put in a picture of a mouse but then decided that wasn’t a good idea…more because of me. yuck.

That was when I’d decided that I’d had enough!  However, the conventional methods were not an option.

Poison and back-breaking traps...pick your poison (pun intended!)

My husband and I have issues with poison (they can die in the house and you wont be able to find them.  Or they go outside and die and the animal that eats it can get poisoned) and the traditional traps are gross (I will NOT re-use the traps after the mouse has been killed. That means, buy a new trap each time and throw away the old one, with the mouse still in it).

Turns out there is a third option…

The person who invented this is a genius!

I was a little skeptical at first, not understanding how they work but after reading all the reviews and seeing the price (ON A 4 PACK!) I knew we had to try it. (By the way, you can find them on Amazon).

We did exactly what the instructions said and within a half hour of setting them up, we’d caught one!  It was amazing.  It is also the only trap where you don’t have to touch the mouse to remove it.

Picture of the actual trap.

Just know that the mousecansufficate in these traps so it’s best to check them multiple times a day and remove them as soon as possible.  What you do with them is up to you, but we drove 2 miles (at midnight because we could hear it scratching in the trap to try to get out) from our house and released it in the wild.  (I’d heard they can find their way back to your house from 2 miles away but I don’t think it will come back to ours because it’s new home is feet from a McDonalds).

We haven’t seen another mouse since and haven’t caught another one, but we’re not sure if there was more than one.  This is seriously an amazing product and for a 4 pack on it costs $9.99.  It applies for free shipping over $25 and qualifies for amazon prime (which is what we used) and you can get it in 2 days.



I know that everyone was waiting on pins and needles to see how our peppermint experiment with the mice all worked out (See Things that Go Bump).

Yesterday morning we woke up to one dropping left on the counter, so we called it a success! (I am surprised because I probably used enough peppermint for a 5 mile radius!)

We put one more cotton ball soaked with peppermint oil in another spot that we found and then sprayed the peppermint oil/water mixture (much less this time!) on the counters, etc.

Peppermint oil soaked cotton ball in its hiding place.

It was so nice to be able to be in the living room without hearing some random noises!

When we got up this morning….MORE SUCCESS!  NO DROPPINGS AT ALL!  My husband thought that he heard something during the night but, since mice poop wherever they go, they left no evidence.

Also, so nice not having to clean the entire kitchen, again, as soon as we got up!

I owe all my success to you (and Google)!

(Just in case you were wondering on mixing ratios: we found it was 1 T peppermint oil for 1 cup  of water.  Mixture should be stored in the fridge to help the peppermint last longer.  (We started using a regular spray bottle from the dollar bins at Target but it broke the second day so we switched to the blue glass bottle in the picture).  You should only have to resaturate the cotton balls every 1-2 weeks or so.)

Things That Go Bump

Have you ever heard those random noises that usually come at night? The ones that you can’t quite place what they are?  The ones that make you turn down the TV, or stop what you’re doing to go investigate?  Most of the time those noises can be attributed to the house settling, the heat turning on, the refrigerator, etc.  But every once in a while you get those ones that you can’t quite place and have to go and become a detective.

I seem to have the hearing of a dog because I can hear all of those.  It doesn’t matter if the TV is on or if we’re sleeping, I can hear everything, which means that I usually have to go investigate too.  If I can’t place a noise, I have to go and figure out what is making that and then log that noise in my mind for later knowledge.

Unfortunately, if it’s a noise that can’t be placed, it’s usually a noise you wish you didn’t hear.

About a month ago I heard some strange banging coming from our heater.  (We live in an older, small home and do not have central heat so the heater is attached from the floor and hangs down into the basement).  Since I’d never heard that type of noise before I had to go investigate in the basement.  It’s a good thing I did because I went down the stairs to find a squirrel looking at me.  It had fallen down the chimney while trying to build a nest and ended up in our basement.  Long story short, I chased it up the stairs and out the front door.

Friday night I heard some strange noise in the kitchen in the middle of the night.  I was woken up by thunder before the rain came and while I was lying awake heard a rustling coming from either our kitchen or our living room.  I ignored it the first time  but when my husband lifted his head to look towards the kitchen I knew it was a noise that neither one of us recognized.  I decided to get up and look.  I saw nothing; no source for my noise.  I even turned on the light in the living room (btw this was 4:45 am) to look and there was nothing out of place so I went back to bed and didn’t hear the noise again.

Last night (Saturday) my husband and I were sitting on the couch and he was watching the NCAA games and we both heard the same scratching/rustling noise coming from the kitchen.  I got up, turned on the lights and saw nothing so I attributed it to something outside in the leaves.  Not 5 minutes later we heard it again. I got up again and nothing.  We knew that we had mice in the basement (as we’d found some dead ones before) but we’d never had them in our living level.  Since we never saw one in the kitchen we figured it was crawling in the wall to go from the basement to the attic or vice versa.  I’m fine with that.  They can be in the basement or attic butpleasedon’t come into my living area.  We both heard a couple more noises during the night but we ignored them…knowing we wouldn’t find anything.

This morning, our thoughts were confirmed.  We do, in fact, have mice in our kitchen.  We were greeted with droppings on our counters, cutting board, and in the sink.  Thankfully, we didn’t have any food out so they couldn’t really get into anything but we still had to scrub and disinfect the entire kitchen.  We researched ‘how to get rid of mice’ (without using traps-I don’t want to see them or change those traps!-or poison).  We found that they hate the smell of peppermint.  Well, we just happened to have some peppermint essential oil which we used to saturate a few cotton balls and put those at, where we thought, their point of entry could be.  Just before it gets dark we’re going to spray some peppermint mixed with water around the kitchen so they hopefully stay away.

Now we wait. (I’ll let you know if the peppermint does anything but crossing our fingers!)

There was one other time that we also heard noises and they turned out to be bats in our attic…yippe.

Oh, by the way, here’s a list of pests we’ve had in this house:




Earwigs (YUCK!)


Those are pretty normal I guess but they’re never fun to deal with but just once I’d like the noise to turn out to be something we’d like to find!

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