Eek, a mouse!
June 10, 2011 6:54 PM Subscribe
I am terrified of all manner of bugs, rodents, and other creepy tiny things. I just found mouse droppings in my kitchen. What are the steps I should take right away that my panic is keeping me from thinking of? What steps are totally delusional and unnecessary?
posted by SMPA to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
At the moment I am in "disinfect everything, including the spice jars randomly sitting on the counter where the droppings were found" mode. I plan to take out every possible trashlike object I can find as soon as the severe thunderstorms stop in a few hours. And I've got plastic tubs to put every non-sealed bit of food in - plus as much paper as I can find. Tomorrow I plan to buy lots and lots of poison. I rent, so I'll be advising my landlord, but I have a feeling they can't do much, because there are open fields four meters from my backdoor.
I am deeply, horribly afraid of these creatures - instead of jumping on top of tables and shrieking, I do the completely frozen in terror thing when I see or hear them. It's honestly surprising I've been able to come up with a plan this coherent; it helps that I've only seen secondary evidence so far. I boiled the pasta for dinner for over half an hour because I saw the droppings right as I was getting the pasta started.
Should I be boiling all my silverware? Should I put poison in my cupboards? How on earth do I figure out where these hateful things have been living, short of ripping my house apart? If I find droppings near my books, is there anything I can do to save them? How do you know when what you've done has worked? Is it a good sign that I can only find droppings in the kitchen itself? Is disinfecting all the packages and objects in my house (e.g. the pens on my desk) excessive? Can you get diseases from surfaces the mice have touched but not pooped on?
In short: is there an Idiot's Guide for rodent abatement? One geared toward people who have been known to move across town just because of pests would be especially helpful.
(I have no pets or small children. I am willing to consider tactical nuclear weapons, bleach and fire. But I can't put poison outside, because people love the squirrels and birds in my neighborhood.)