It’s not what you think. The house has a mouse.
I’m fighting mice in the cellar with a technique I read about in the newspaper. At first I thought the idea was bogus but it was confirmed by my friends in Maine who have been enduring invasions of mice since they winterized their vacation home in the woods.
Cotton Balls with drops of either Castor Oil or Peppermint Oil will keep mice away. Apparently the rodents don’t like the smell of either. I hate the little critters no matter where they are. I am on a campaign to get them out of the house. So last weekend I bought a bag of jumbo cotton balls. Finding peppermint oil at CVS was next to impossible so i settled for Castor Oil – which was hard enough to find. If you were looking for Castor Oil in a drug store where would you look? (They keep it next to the laxatives! Interesting.)
Anyway, the cellar is now filled with creepy looking cotton balls covered with dobs of oil lubricant. I put one ball next to each of the regular mouse traps that are armed with cheese squares and then more balls along the outer perimeter of the foundation. There is no way to actually check to see if this is really working… in fact one of the traps is missing its cheese this morning… which makes me think the mouse in the house is very much alive and well.
But I will not be deterred. Time to add more balls and oil.
Have you ever had a mouse in your house? What did you do to get rid of the creature?