If it’s not one thing, it’s another

Last night, I was all settled in and ready to go to bed when, rustle rustle rustle SNAP!!!

Oh jeebus. You know what those sounds mean, right? They were coming from the cabinet under the sink. I figured the victim had been dispatched by the big SNAP. So okay, I could deal with it in the morning. But no, there was a whole bunch more rustling noises and then ANOTHER BIG SNAP! And THEN! MORE RUSTLINGS AND BUMPING AROUND and you name it.

I am not normally the person responsible for taking care of “Mickey” around here but I can do it in a pinch. Since I was the only one here, I knew I would have to pull up my big girl panties and deal with it. So I did. At this point, I was starting to think, “How many of them are under there?”

Turns out it was only one but this customer had somehow gotten snagged by TWO (count ’em) traps and remained alive and active. These traps are the enclosed plastic kind. The traditional ones were not touched. I grabbed some kitchen tongs and somehow picked up the whole shebang. I took it all outside, put it down on the patio, and carefully UNSNAPPED first one trap and then the other. The customer seemed injured but scurried away so not sure if it made it or not. I hate when any living thing dies on my account (except for biting insects) but I do NOT want to clean up rodent crap in my house. If you did NOT make it, Godspeed little creature.

“When Grandma snaps the trap, she takes the mouse outside.” This is what one of the beach urchins said when we were visiting her Florida grandparents and there was a rodent problem going on and a LOT of snapping. And yes, the mouse went outside but it was no longer alive. Grandma Sally was a lot less concerned about dispatching unwanted rodents than yer fav-o-rite blahgger is.

Subsequently, I took EVERYTHING out from under the sink and washed everything including the cabinet floor or whatever you call it. That was so much fun.

2 Responses to “If it’s not one thing, it’s another”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Although I’ve never had a rodent problem, I think Mari would be useful under those circumstances. I have had those pesky little black ants which are a PITA.

  2. Margaret Says:

    P.S. I think you’re very brave!