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Monday, September 12, 2005
When Tara is away the mice will play!
So I'm in my pajamas watching the Yankees game on TV after coming back from a "Meet the Editors" night at NYU, when I spot something moving from the corner of my eye. A freakin mouse darts by and runs underneath my couch! Now, I live in a very very very small bitchen and knowing a mouse is in my close quarters is freaking me out. I turn my head at every noise and am afraid to not wear my shoes around the apartment.

I had the same problem last fall. The mouse would jump in my garbage bin and I'd run down from my lofted bed, I'm not sure what I planned to do, but it didn't matter anyway since it would scurry away too quickly. After weeks of playing--forgive the pun--cat and mouse, I come home and find him in my trash bin, unable to scurry out since it was empty. I scream, it pees and continues to jump, I continue to scream with each leap it makes towards me. I quickly grab the bin and open the door to my apt, but now that the pail is angled the mouse is able to almost jump out. I swing the pail, mouse and all, into the hallway and slam my door shut. Through my peep hole, I see it climb down the banister upside down and to the first floor, presumably into someone else's apartment. I didn't see a mouse again until today, a year later. I wish Gremlyn was still alive or my dad to help me do something about it.

Any suggestions? Do you think the Sonic Mouse Chaser will work? I just ordered it, I hope its not just BS.

This evening was one of those nights where I just felt like meeting people, so I chatted to three MBA guys at NYU then started speaking to the guy walking next to me on my way home, turns out he lives on the same street as me and goes to the same pizza place. Yes, I've had some red wine and I do feel very very fine ;) And for those who read about how I like to give out my business cards, I managed to keep the cards in my wallet, lol.

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, September 19, 2005 10:10 AM PDT

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 8:37 AM PDT

Name: Janie

Do you like cats? lol............
I've heard a lot of advice, since my sisters old house had mice. Most exterminators say you can't ever really get rid of them, but i'd try traps, and if you like animals.....a cat. But that's not a guarantee. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 10:06 AM PDT

Name: Steve
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Those sonic blasters may or may not work, but since you have a small space to worry about, there are a couple of things you can do right away:

1. Glue traps. Messy, cruel and effective.

2. Caulk. You need to examine every square inch of your place and take care of any spaces that Mickey can squeeze through. A mouse can pratically flatten it's body. Make sure you have sweeps on your doors. Likely spots to start looking are your cabinets, Mickey might have chewed a hole through the soft particle boards that most cabinets are backed with.

If it is too much for the caulk, use wood, nails and wood putty - but you need to remove access from behind the walls to your room.

I hear that NYC has a growing rat problem, the very thing that brought on the plague in England before they understood how filthy they were.

Oh, and those little black pellets in your cabinets and countertops? Mouse droppings. Don't just clean, disinfect.

Good luck, T.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 11:10 AM PDT

Name: Master Foley
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you know I think the corner probally sells traps for dirt cheap

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 11:26 AM PDT

Name: Master Foley
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corner store that is ...I promise I wasn't apply anything esle
and if you were thinking humane
I'm sure the cat doesn't know the difference

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 1:23 PM PDT

Name: Tara

haha, I was like the "corner?"

I don't think it would be fair to have a cat in my small quarters though :( Otherwise I really would love to get a cat, two birds one stone.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 7:13 AM PDT

Name: Matt
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Hi Tara,
You could borrow Nina and Sonja for a few days to catch the mouse.


Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 12:33 PM PDT

Name: Venting Housewife
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Why are you even still there! lol I would be moving. Meeting people is good...have a good time girl.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 7:16 AM PDT

Name: Master Foley
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I was like opps
that could turn out bad

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:35 AM PDT

Name: Tara

aww thanks, they are too pretty I might want to keep them tho.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:09 PM PDT

Name: Gary
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I agree with the glue traps. NYC has some great old buildings, and seeing a mouse once in a while can be routine. If you see a lot of mice, or roaches, then you have a serious problem.

Friday, September 23, 2005 - 12:50 PM PDT

Name: Trista
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Wish I could help. I don't have mice problems, I have spider problems.

Love the way you have your apartment set up! Being a fellow New Yorker, I understand the ingenious creativity it takes to live in the city.

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