Of Mice and Men (Part 2)

Every year, it's the same story. After the first heavy rains of the season, the rats and mice that live either in the empty field behind our home or in the sewers, make their way into our home. Only they don't enter through the back patio. My hubby says that they make their way in through the sewer pipes in the bathroom and through the drain pipes in the kitchen. Makes sense to me, because there is faulty design with the plumbing throughout this house. Some of the PVC pipes were left uncovered, on purpose, to be able to unclog any clogged pipes. (I still don't understand why someone thought this was a good idea!)

The rodents usually enter our home late at night. When the house is quiet, you can actually hear the rodents scratching and squeaking their way through the pipes. At first, this noise would scare me, but now it just annoys me.

Catching the little critters has gotten easier. In this case, neither of the cats have been successful. The mice hide in the tiniest, hardest to reach places. The first year, my husband would move everything in sight, and throw his heavy work boots at them. I would be standing on the other side of the room, armed with my broom, just waiting to take a swing at the vermin. Most of the time I wasn't of much help. I was so scared, that as soon as I saw the little fur ball, I would toss my broom on the floor and hide in the kids' room.

You should see us now. If we see a mouse, we no longer make a big deal out of it. Okay, I still scream at the sight of them, but I know that his days are numbered. Now all my hubby does, is lay out a couple of the sticky mousetraps. He places a peanut on each trap as bait. (And it works!) In a couple of hours, the unwelcome house guest has been caught and disposed of properly. (My hubby, my hero!)

Rats aren't so easy and very scary! Two years in a row, Hope has been surprised by a rat swimming in our toilet bowl. Yes, swimming! Rats have no shame! The first year, my hubby repeatedly flushed the rat down the toilet. Have you ever tried to flush a rat down a toilet? It's not an easy task! The second year, my hubby decided to bludgeon the rat with the plunger first, then he threw it away in our garbage can outside.
Mousetrap, mouse, bait (chocolate)Image via Wikipedia

But catching a rat isn't always that easy. I don't want the rat in my house, but I refuse to help trap the ugly, little monster. Sticky mouse traps don't work with rats. They can wiggle themselves free in seconds. So, don't waste your money. Our preferred mousetrap is one very much like the contraption in the picture. For bait, we place a small piece of chorizo on the hook. The rats are captured in no time and sentenced to death.

This has been our routine for 5 years. I don't think I will ever get accustomed to it!

With Love,
Leslie Limón


  1. Ewwww~ I caught a rat once... in the motor on our dryer. Nasty, nasty clean up.

    I don't think that we'll ever get used to the mice here. We tried those sticky traps and it never worked. We'll start using peanuts, instead.

    Good luck with the recent infestation.

  2. Leslie,
    I have a suggestion for you that works very well for me. At places like Home-Depot in the garden section you can buy a rat and mice poison that comes in little 1" red cubes of wax and oats. The mice and rats like to gnaw on these and the poison acts on their internal organs and makes them bleed to death internally. In order to protect kids and pets I put the cubes in a three or four foot piece of old pipe that is three or four inches in diameter and shove them far enough in that kids and dogs and cats can't reach them. You can tuck this pipe out of the way behind some shrubs or along a fence. Check it once a week and add more cubes as necessary. It is often better to place several of these pipes. Within a couple of weeks you will see your rat and mice problem gradually fade away to zero. I know about this because my wife has a "scream and stand on a chair" reaction to mice.

  3. OMG - I have NOOOOO idea what I'd do if I saw a rat!!! Thank goodness I havent' seen a rat in Cancun. Only 1 time did I see a mouse, and never again!! Oh and it wasn't my house so never even thought about it again!!

    Sounds like you have things under control!!!

  4. I have to admit, I was laughing out loud at the thought of trying to flush a rat who didn't want to go! I wish I could share a picture with you...I just caught 2 mice in one of those snap traps with peanut butter. Imagine my delight! Two for the price of one.

  5. I absolutely hate rats, but I had to laugh at the thought of one swimming in your toilet bowl. Who knew rats can swim?