So. We live in the middle of a former cow pasture. There's a current cow pasture to our left, and a doublewide with empty pasture to our right. We're in the country, and there are vermin out here - it's just something you have to live with. Mice, snakes, vultures, feral cats and dogs - we've got 'em. We take precautions, but there's only so much you can do.
Right now, we are having a mouse problem. I don't know HOW they got in, but get in they did, and they've had a ball. I have tried snap traps/sticky traps/bait packets/an exterminator. The population has decreased - I think - but they're still around.
Today, though.......I wanted to start on my laundry early, since it was raining and I knew I'd have to use the dryer. There were some towels already in the washer, so I figured I'd go ahead and start with ALL the towels. No biggie....
I opened the washer, and a mouse jumped at me. :shudder: I have NO clue how it got in there, or how long it'd been there. SG managed to scoop it out, but it jumped over the dogs and scurried away. :shudder: I pulled the towels out and ran a cleaning cycle with bleach, because :ick:, then I went ahead and started the daily laundry.
An hour later, I went to pop the towels into the dryer and start the sheets....and THERE WAS ANOTHER MOUSE IN MY WASHER. :ohlord: It also got away when we scooped it out - I didn't have a lid to fit the milk pail; we were using a tupperware bowl, and it managed to squeeze out in between them. :shudder:
I really don't want to open the washer again.....but I gotta. I'm behind in laundry now - I'm just now on load #2. I should be on #4 now...but because I have to run bleach thru it I'm not. :shudder:
I mean, this is funny, yes, but it's also icky. We've got the commercial bait traps all around the outside, but I think I'm gonna have to move a couple to the inside. I'm tired of dealing with mice....Snips tries, she's a *good* mouser, for a dog, but it's not enough. (The other 2 dogs chase 'em, but can't figure out how to catch them. Snips kills them. Glad I kept her..now. :lol:)
:shudder: Be thankful YOU aren't dealing with it.