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Visiting RI again, and some home stuff

On Sunday Sarah and I went down to RI for another whirlwind tour. It still feels like home down there, and I sort of miss it. I don't miss the drivers, though.

There was no snow anywhere down there, and the temperature got up to 40°F which was pleasant. We went to our usual haunts, Crazy Burger, the pita place, Dave's Coffee (where Dave Jr. was working the counter and said he hadn't seen us in a while, so we told him why), and O-Cha in Providence. Also I went to Rockstar Piercing and got my right earlobe pierced, almost four years after getting the left one done there.

Back at home, we are waiting for a replacement oven since the repair guy said this one is definitely busted and they don't make replacement parts for it anymore since it's so old. Yay! New oven!

Also, we have mice getting into the food in the basement, which I guess was inevitable but sort of odd that it took them this long. Landlady says to use poison to get rid of them, but I've always heard that if you do that, you end up with rotting mouse corpses in your walls which makes your house stink to high heaven. I think maybe I'll get a couple have-a-heart traps and see if that does the trick instead. Meanwhile we are rearranging our food to keep the bagged and boxed stuff out of mouse-reach.


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Jan. 30th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
As an overly sensitive vegan, I couldn't handle the thought of doing anything to harm the mice that came into our house. I knew they needed to go, but ugh.

I know you guys aren't vegan or anything, but if you're interested in going the non-poison route, there are some fab ideas here. We used humane traps and had no trouble at all.
Jan. 30th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
I don't want to use poison if possible, and regular snap-traps and glue traps also seem overly cruel. I picked up a humane trap this morning and put it down there; we'll see if it works. It seems a bit shoddily-constructed, though, so I don't have high hopes for it.

Thank you for the link! I will probably end up trying some of those suggested methods.
Jan. 31st, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
If you catch any in humane traps, be aware you do have to take them a fair distance away, or they'll just trundle back.

(Though I'm not convinced about them, either. Unless you relocate the whole mouse family at once, you're taking individuals and dropping them down without their social group, in a scary and unforgiving world!)

(Yeah, owning rats has warped me.)
Jan. 31st, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Mice are actually small enough that they dry out before they stink, supposedly.

That said, I feel horrible killing them (and as far as I know NONE of the poisons available are in any way actually humane) so when we got them we tried a few different things to get rid of them.

(In the end, I'm convinced that what got rid of our infestation was having pet rats and letting the cage get a bit whiffy, then leaving bowls of the used litter around in places we thought the mice were. Not the nicest smelling approach, mind you, but it did seem to do the trick.)

To discourage future visitors, I would take the time when you can to get metal or glass containers for anything you want to store. Determined rodents can get through plastic without much trouble. (I had rats that ruined a cage by gnawing through the plastic base, the little buggers.)

Also, I know someone who claims to have had luck discouraging them with mint essential oil on cotton balls.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that most of the natural methods for rodent-discouraging only work well if you also make the area they're attracted to as uninviting as possible. (Clear up anything that might be inviting as bedding, make food hard to access, etc.) Because a hungry mouse faced with an easy dinner? Is going to ignore the annoying smell.

Oh, and I don't think those utlrasonic things do much at all. I had one to try, and I totally forgot where it was and took the rats into that room with me, and not one of them was bothered by it.
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