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Even the best mousetraps… (Puzzle-contest)
Sunday, March 28th, 2021

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I’m just poking my head in the door. Lots on my plate (what does that mean, anyway?) to do today. I need to make words (write-write-write, or at least come up with a page–I’d be happy with one!), edit a boatload of pages, and do some organizing in my bathroom cabinets. Gah. I hate housework. Did I mention I convinced the 12-year-old to be my housekeeper by offering her a monthly “salary”? Yeah, we’ll see how long that lasts, but for now, it’s awesome!

Anyway, I’m sharing a puzzle. Hope you love it. The subject is mice because, with the recent cold spell we had, at least one mouse took up residence in our house. We set those humane capture-and-release traps. Nada. Then we went for the old-fashioned snap-traps. And ta-da! I hope he was the only one. The cats (all five!) were too fat and lazy to catch him. 🙁

Puzzle Contest

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, tell me a mouse story. Pet, pest? How did you rid yourself of them?

16 comments to “Even the best mousetraps… (Puzzle-contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · March 28th, 2021 at 12:21 pm · Link

    Cute pic… I have had both mice and rats as pets… my rat was so cute… she loved laying at the the back of my neck… my grandma would have a fit.

  2. Debra Guyette
    · March 28th, 2021 at 12:34 pm · Link

    I have had mice. But I had rats at the house. We were adopting and they had to do a home visit to see if we lived in good conditions and it is not rat infested. They built down the street and displaced some rat families. They moved in with us. We had to trap them. They ate the wires in my car.

  3. Linda Rhoden
    · March 28th, 2021 at 12:36 pm · Link

    I put just a touch of peanut butter on the regular mouse trap and put it where I see any evidence of them and that is it. One of my granddaughters has a pet rat. She had 2 but 1 died. I don’t like it a bit at all. She isn’t here to take care of it so my son has to because I told her that I would not be taking care of it. I know that she went to college and couldn’t take it with her but it was a understanding that she would be taking care of it

  4. Jolene Durante
    · March 28th, 2021 at 12:51 pm · Link

    For the first time ever, I heard something in my attic this winter. When they came to check it out, I refused them to use either mice or rat, because I would rather move than share a house with them. I did first ask them to leave nicely, but they refused.

  5. Eileen Airey
    · March 28th, 2021 at 2:28 pm · Link

    I am not a fan of mice. I definetly don’t see them as pets. I find peanutbutter on an old snap trap works great. I keep them where I can see them set year round. Also safe from safe from kids and pets. Works the best.

  6. Mary Preston
    · March 28th, 2021 at 3:33 pm · Link

    I see them only as vermin. Putting out traps and/or rat baits.

  7. Joy Boutwell
    · March 28th, 2021 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Mice and rats can be pets or pests. I’ve had them as pets and they are awesome. I’ve also had them be pests – eating through the bags of feed for my animals, building nest in my tool box drawer, so I put the food in metal cans to solve the problem and moved some tools around so they could build a nest. They stay away from the house because of all my cats.

  8. bn100
    · March 28th, 2021 at 5:25 pm · Link

    mouse traps

  9. Pansy Petal
    · March 28th, 2021 at 5:42 pm · Link

    I live in the country so mice have generally come under the heading of pest. Growing up, there were always cats in the barn. If one found their way to the house, Dad set the traps – Yeah, those “old fashioned snap traps.” Still works for me.

  10. Pamela Reveal
    · March 28th, 2021 at 6:26 pm · Link

    They was building houses in a field across the street we had field mice trouble. I put pop bottles in front of the basement door crack. Thinking i coukd keep them in the basement ….i know it was crazy but i hate them. we set out traps and got 23 in a month before it was over with. Im so glad we got it under control i couldn’t sleep.

  11. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 28th, 2021 at 8:02 pm · Link

    I haven’t been able to get rid of them! The little buggers keep finding a way in. I don’t really mind them except when they move from the attic into the walls. That’s a huge nope! I get a treatment that I think keeps their numbers small but every few years I end up with some back in the attic.

  12. flchen1
    · March 28th, 2021 at 10:08 pm · Link


    CRINGE! I know mice can seem so cute, but we have had rodent problems for a long time and live where they are common, so they’ve mostly been a scourge! We’ve mostly had to rely on some professional help to seal off places in the house where they were most commonly getting in, and then setting traps. Ugh!! PLUS, they’ve been chewing up the wiring in the cars, which is so expensive and not fun to fix!

  13. ButtonsMom2003
    · March 30th, 2021 at 3:06 pm · Link

    No time for the puzzle today but a quick mouse story…
    Our last house in Ohio had a wooded area behind it. We had trouble with mice, chipmunks and raccoons so we had a pest control contract. They put pet safe poison containers in various places throughout our house to deal with the mice.

    One day, while I was working from home, Buttons (our dog) jumped off of his bed on my desk and flew out of the room. I followed him and found a dead mouse at his feet.

    I’m guessing the mouse was already sluggish from the poison but Buttons, the mouse catcher, became a favorite story from then on.

    God, I miss that dog so much.

  14. AnnaMarie Melchiorre
    · April 3rd, 2021 at 4:42 pm · Link

    I know mice can make wonderful pets but not for me. I’m petrified of rodents.

  15. Alison Hutfelter
    · April 5th, 2021 at 2:00 pm · Link

    Daughter’s cat was a great mouser. Son’s cat was young and not good at all but tried to show that he was equally a great mouser. 2 o’clock in the morning daughter comes into the room saying how her brothers cat brought in a mouse and it wasn’t dead. Here we are at this way to early hour of the morning running around the house trying to catch this mouse. After cornering it on a ladder at the end of the hall holding up a garbage can to get it into it and having it jump over the can on to my head I said I’m done. I looked at daughters cat and said kill it by morning and looked at son’s cat and said don’t bring in live rodents again or you will be locked out and went back to catch a couple of more hours of sleep before getting up for work.

  16. Delilah
    · April 6th, 2021 at 11:16 am · Link

    3:33 — I love this little guy!

    Thanks for all your rodent stories! The winner of the Amazon gift card is…AnnaMarie Melchiorre!

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