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There's A Mouse On My Key Pad

Updated on January 13, 2011

Help There's A Mouse On My Key Pad

Nothing changes. Walking into my spare bedroom this morning to use my computer, I was shocked at what I saw.  I saw a mouse on my key pad. No not the plastic type, that glides slowly over the mouse mat some times stuttering at the pace, especially if one has had a little drinky the night before. But a real, larger than life, furry little creature with long whiskers. We both eyed each other carefully, like two centurion's standing to attention. Seconds passed, even minutes, but no one moved, this little grey furry field mouse stood up to attention only to carry on cleaning his whiskers.  Who would run first, not I?  As I moved ever closer to my computer I stopped, terribly affronted, mouse poop like little hard roundels of black plastic all over my desk. How dare this little creature invade my space.

I asked myself if this could be the little mouse my partner had seen climbing the curtain in our bedroom, or even the one poking it's head from behind the water pipe to the radiator.  Or even was this the little mouse that sounded like it was wearing clogs running around in my wardrobe and evading all the mouse traps we had laid.  "Put mars bars in the traps" my son said, "mice love mars bars," hmmm try again son, not this one.

Now invading my private domain in the bedroom was one thing but my computer, that is an outrage. Following the line of mouse poop it lead all the way my son's bedroom wardrobe.  How it can survive in there alongside Craig's crusty socks I have no idea.  But wait, because that mouse poop also leads into the bathroom, under the sink where the toilet cleaner and bleach are stored.  I was thinking very clever little mouse this one, it's got a sense of humour.

However, as cute as it is, as intelligent and brave as it might be, it has to go.  No place in this house for a free loader, I have enough with the two dogs.

Now what can you put in a trap to entice a mouse, cheese.  No this mouse who has been an unwanted visitor for some time does not like cheese. It doesn't like chocolate either, another sugestion from my son.  I have tried various flavours of biscuits, dog food another useless tip from a well wisher, it wont even take the mouse poison which said on the packet 'guaranteed to rid your house of unwanted guests'. No indeedy, this mouse is dedicated to making my life a misery.

Now we have bought some rather sophisticated mouse traps, round and spring loaded for extra security.  Reading the instructions, it clearly states 'indestructable'! Mmmm these traps haven't met my mouse.  

Now all my friends will tell you I am a push over for a pretty face, but even I can raise a temper if provoked long enough.  This mouse pooped all over my computer. Such a crime, a sin in fact, the time is closing in on the mouse.  It will be evacuated very soon. The dustbin has been told to leave a very comfy, if not to be seen, area for a burial. Days are numbered and I am counting down each and every one of them, where I hope to have success before I become demented.

JP our greyhound knows the mouse is here, he walks around the room like an over stuffed teddy stopping occasionally sniffing this and that to finally plop himself down at the side of me and go to sleep.  Greyhounds love to chase furry creatures, but not mine it seems. This mouse has got me outnumbered. 

Sure, I could live with the mouse if I knew it was alone and male, but I have no guarantees of which I am certain, so it's me or the mouse.

Any one know of a mouse whisperer?  Maybe I should place an advert for mouse sitter.  No I am afraid if these traps don't work it will be a call the the EXTERMINATOR.

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    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I understand! A lady has her limits.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you Hyphenbird, I have no idea where the mouse went to but he hasn't been seen for some time now. If he returns I will try the peanut butter. Like you I hate to hurt them, but I really don't like sharing my keyboard with mouse poop lol

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Mousewhisperer! Such a great idea. Here in America, especially California, I wouldn't doubt it. Try Mrs. J.B.'s idea. We had mice once and peanut butter caught them every time. I am so tenderhearted though thatI could not kill them. I bought live traps called Mice Cubes then took them away and released them.

      I adore this story.

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      katb@yahoo.com 

      7 years ago

      we think this story is funny.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Works like magic everytime.....

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you b.Malin as always your comment are encouraging and helpful. I have almost ransacked the house looking for my furry friend, but still can't find him. My only hope now, by leaving his favourite titbits, is that he becomes to fat to squeeze through holes lol

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      It's such a CUTE story...as long as I'm not the one living it...If you find it's entry hole, you're suppose to be steel wool inside it...so it can't get back in. I'm glad you wrote this Hub, it shows when all else fails...humor helps!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Pcunix thank you for the helpful tips to my hub. I live in a semi rural area surrounded by fields so little furry visitors are fairly common, but after last year I thought we had seen the back of the mice for good. They are resilient if nothing else. I will be trying some of your ideas over the next few days.

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      Tony Lawrence 

      7 years ago from SE MA

      Exterminators can of course kill mice, but the only real cure is to stop them from coming in. Houses have cracks and holes, and all a mouse needs is a coin sized hole. Contractors running wires and pipes are often very sloppy, drilling holes far larger than needed and not bothering to plug them up after finishing their work.

      Plug the obvious places outside, but also look under sinks and (if you can) under and behind cabinets. If you haven't found every outside entrance point, they will get into your walls, but stopping them there at least keeps them off your desk!

      The floor under the kitchen sink cabinetry is often a place where a large hole was drilled for pipes. You won't see it - it's under the cabinet now - but expanding foam may be able to reach and plug it.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you, still haven't caught the little beggar, any ideas lol

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      BobbiRant 

      7 years ago from New York

      LOL Not the right kind of mouse we want on our computers. Great hub. Brought a smile to my face.

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