Of mice, men and peanut butter


“If one mouse is a spark…then ten thousand are a conflagration.” ― Carmen Agra DeedyThe Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

T H E  E N D  O F  T H E  M Y T H 

Not  all mice are created equal. Some prefer peanut butter over cheese wedges. Many of the varmints are not as adorable or talented as Disney’s Mickey Mouse or speak with a high-pitched understanding tone of voice.

Even though they rummage through filth, debris and trash they are really quite particular about the stuff they eat and refuse to touch anything that has the scent of human beings on itself mouse traps included.

This summer season I have been plagued by many unwelcome rodent visitors who are almost bivouacking in my suite. Their presence there is more of an invasion than an occupation and on site management believes that adding to my poison cache of mouse killing potions will rid them from my suite.

The problem resides in the fact that the army of exterminators they send with their poison traps avidly assure me that their traps will ” rid my flat of the mice entirely” My suite has no mouse inhabitants only temporary squatters.

I also have mouse zappers that not only reward the curious mice with a peanut butter treat but also instantly electrocutes them with a lethal dose of shock therapy. This beats the slow poison death they face after ingesting the innards of the poison trap.

The mice to date have shunned the poison traps in favor of the peanut butter treat. I monitor the traps daily and throw the dead mouse carcasses in the garbage bin outside. 

In case you are interested I use smooth unsalted and no sugar peanut butter to lure them inside the trap container.

If you are also plagued with mice and intend to set up poison traps remember to wear disposable gloves when placing the traps in your residence.

The mice are finicky and will not go near anything that has a human scent on it including the food you are using to catch them with.

Management here has been reluctant to plug up the potential entry holes with the foam that only temporarily prevents the mice from entering your living quarters.

I am hopeful that the colder autumn weather will diminish their presence in my suite.

Life is full of unpleasant surprises and the unsuspecting mice are the ones facing the most shocking one of all. – gc






  1. Sugar free and low salt, so glad you’re not feeding them the unhealthy option!

    At the risk of repeating myself this situation really makes me angry. As you say the foam is temporary but if trapped inside the mice are capable of nibbling through to gain an exit.

    Why the management can’t examine the exterior walls of the building, locate the entry point and block with cement is beyond me!

    Until that happens you and your neighbours will continue to be plagued by the vermin. Surely they have a duty of care regarding this issue which in my book comes under the heading of Health and Safety!

    Please invest in a couple of electronic sonic devices. The high pitched sound will send the mice scurrying elsewhere. 🐭

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    • Thank you Susan for your advice.

      I think the rodent issue might be at an end. The building contractor is demolishing the front steps and the cement porches and replacing them with new materials.

      I suspect that the mice were creeping into the building beneath the cracks in the sidewalk.

      On another issue another “exterminator visited my suite on Friday and we both examined “potential points” of entry.

      We could NOT find any such openings.

      I suspect that the entry points are behind the stove where the cables are set through the floor and beneath the dish washer.

      I will place foam there and see what happens. 🙂

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