Today our awesome student-assistant and friend, Sergio, came over to help translate while the Rat and Mice technician visited for the second time. He laid out something like six glue traps, and put little rolled up bundles of steel wire mesh over possible entrance/exit points in our kitchen. And then I think he put some poison bait out too.
Julianne and I were happy and thought for sure that the mouse/mice we’ve been hearing now since the end of last week must surely be locked out of our kitchen—wrong!
Tonight, as I was poring myself a glass of juice, I heard a noise under our gas range inside the cupboards. Yes, Mr. Mouse the Second (actually, since FIVE MICE were killed this past January in the first invasion, I guess that makes him the Sixth) . . . Mr. Mouse the Sixth was still INSIDE our kitchen!!!
I decided to see what was making the sound. I opened the cupboard doors, poked at a green plastic bowl filled with nesting materials (we don’t use the bottom level cupboards because during the first mouse invasion we couldn’t keep up the rate of cleaning to the rate of pooing–argh! And ever since then we’ve just not used the cupboards for anything) . . . and then I banged on the cupboard walls with a broom–and suddenly Mr. Mouse VI ran out squeaking and squealing, unsure of where to run to escape (he must have found the traps and steel wire mesh locking him inside the kitchen), and he ended up running across the kitchen to hide under the fridge. I yelled a bit and laughed, and then heard Julianne calling out from the other side of the apartment wanting to know what was happening.
A few minutes later I decided to see if I could snap a picture of him–I mean, come on, this will DEFINITELY BE ONE “FAVORITE” MEMORIES of our time in China picture. Ha. Ha. Ha . . . NOT!
Anyways, we’re optimistic that the problem will be solved much faster this time with the help of Sergio, and the Rat-Mice pros.
Wish us luck as we deal with Mr. Mouse the Sixth, generation two . . .