We’re here, just busy with, you know, life stuff.
We’re also in the middle of a mouse infestation. In November and December, we came home a few Friday nights to a house full of mouse poop and hidden piles of lentils, nuts and other edible items. They’re eating. They’re nesting. They’re running wild throughout our house and all over our furniture. On our bed. In our pantry. There isn’t a room they haven’t touched. At night, they scramble through the walls.
Apparently we’re not alone. The guy we called to come help ‘remediate’ (we did trap five ourselves, but soon realized the scope of the situation was way beyond us) said this is the worst fall/early winter he and his colleagues have seen in 40 years. 40 years! I think this piece from the NYTimes on the dearth of acorns probably has something to do with it.
We haven’t been up in the last two weeks to see how it’s going, but our guy told us that after 8 days of traps (he checks them daily), he’d got 27 mice.
These aren’t little brown field mice, either. They’re good-sized, whitish/gray suckers. The numbers have now decreased to only 1 every few days so we think it may be under control. He’s put foam and steel wool in holes in the walls – we’ll see whether that keeps them from returning.
Anyone else being outnumbered by mice this year?