Mouse plague…

Back in March I mentioned the farming community here was experiencing a mouse plague. Two months later and the plague is still with us, in fact, it’s spreading. It’s now hit my town. So far we’ve been okay and haven’t seen one, but you can’t buy rat bait or a mousetrap anywhere in town.

The plague is so bad, farmers have lost whole crops and families are waking up to mice nibbling them, their bedding and in every part of the house. I’m hoping we don’t end up with any, but with temperatures in the below freezing range at night and the fact we have a puppy, our house offers warmth and food nicely available in a bowl.

Keeping our fingers crossed we don’t see a mouse.

Have you ever had rodent problems?

15 comments on “Mouse plague…

  1. Giggling Fattie

    May 20, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Eeeeewwwwww oh my gosh I hope it doesn’t come to your house!! Check the outside for any hole where they might get in!

    When I was a nanny we had a few mouse problems. Exterminators were brought in, traps were set. And at my last place there was a hole on the outside wall that the upstairs people/next door neighbours said would allow mice to come in.

    Thankfully nothing here. I’m on the too floor which has been lovely for my allergies but now its soooo hot. The house is resting at 26° even after the “cool of the night” Its so hard to fall asleep. Waiting for the land lord to come and turn on the AC system. But on June 1st I will give my two months notice! YAY

    • It’s an old house with the base floor raised above ground, so I’m sure there are many entrance points for a wily mouse.

      Roll on June 1st!!!!

      • Giggling Fattie

        May 21, 2021 at 9:19 pm

        Eeeeeepppp I hope your house stays safe!!

        AC was turned on yesterday! At 1:30pm it was 27.5° on main floor, by 10pm 26° and around 3am I woke up SHIVERING! Lol cos I had no blankets on hahaha sooooo nice now! But still can’t wait to give my notice.

  2. Good grief I haven’t heard a thing about this. Images of mice running over my sleeping body–not good.

  3. When I was in high school, there was an empty lot behind us. When someone bought the lot and put a house up on it, we started getting mice. There weren’t that many, so we were able to control them with traps.

  4. Eeek. We’ve had rodent problems in the past. (Roommate discovered the signs of one living in her car. That was a mess.) But nothing like what you’re describing. Hopefully the problem will be easily dealt with.

    • It’s been going for about 3 months now. What will probably happen is the density of the mice will increase until they start to run out of food, get stressed and start eating the young of other mice. Disease will come and it will end. But until then it isn’t nice.

  5. Before cats took over the neighborhood, we would get a few.

    For one hurricane that looked like it would get close I dragged a bunch of stuff in the house. Something had a pregnant mouse in it. It ended up in the ceiling of the back room, the room I am now remodeling, in that infamous spare time.

    The cat we had then would not let it get out of there and they passed.

    That was a few years ago, the cats seem to have it in paw, though they also seem to have removed our population of skinks and geckos.

    If things get desperate, I can send you some mouse traps.

    • Aussies are nothing if not adaptable. I remember the way my grandfather (a saddler) used to catch and kill the mice that got into the hay for his saddles. A rather ingenious and effective mouse trap. I might post about that next.

  6. Ugh, no thanks! Growing up, we had an open field behind our house, so we had mice in the garage, and occasionally in the house, pretty reliably every winter. But a plague of them, yeesh! I can’t imagine having to mouse-proof my bed!

  7. Oh, dear! It really sounds like the Pied Piper poem. I hope something good happens, soon.

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