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OK. I try to keep it real, here - I might "funny" something up, and I might gloss over some of the tantrums and meltdowns and whatnot, but I try to keep things real. This...I couldn't make this up if I tried. :lol: (It's kinda icky, though....be warned!)

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.
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Date:June 21st, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
It sounds as though they're in the works of the machine, in which case you need to be very cautious about chewed wires. We keep our machines outside so I'm familiar with this issue :/ May I suggest a cat? We've had good success with ours, and it was paramount that we get rid of the mice because they were attracting the venomous snakes that live in our neighbors wood pile.
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Date:June 21st, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE a cat, but our dogs wouldn't. None of them have been raised around cats; Bree is a sighthound and considers any small animal prey......:sigh:
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