Small Mystery Critter in Our House...Help!
November 14, 2011 7:43 AM Subscribe
We have an unknown critter nibbling the fruit and tomatoes on a counter INSIDE our house (in Miami, Fl). It's hungry enough to eat most of the bait on a mouse trap (say, leaving only the skin on a small slice of pear, as it seems to like fruit), strong enough to somehow move what's left of the bait about 1.5 inches away from the trap, but agile/light enough to not be caught by the trap. No vermin poop nearby that I can see. Ideas what it could be and how to get rid of it?
posted by wordworking to home & garden (10 answers total)
We live in a single-family house in Miami, FL. Near a canal, property not large but has a fair amount of foliage. For the last three weeks or so I've noticed small bites, gnaw marks, and gouges in the fresh fruit and tomatoes we leave to ripen on a counter above our kitchen sink. Seems like too much for an insect to accomplish but if it's a mouse, it's a very light and clever one. Thoughts on what it could be? The fact that this creature, whatever it is, has been alive for weeks now is starting to freak me out. I don't want it to be building a family under our roof! We have left a baited mousetrap out two or three times with no luck. I did try googling various phrases for this query but all I got was info about pest control in gardens, etc. Any ideas/tips welcome. Thanks.