Do you recall this song:
Hickory, Dickory Dock
The Mouse Ran Up the Clock
The Clock Struck 1 the Mouse Ran Down
Hickory, Dickory Dock.
Well, I woke up one night to the sound of something falling. I just thought, oh, it's the broom or something in the laundry room. The same night I woke up and heard something shuffling or moving. I thought to myself, I have a mouse in my house. I crept into the kitchen to listen where the sound was coming from and it stopped. I didn't turn on the light because I don't know what I would have done if I would have actually seen a mouse. I went back to bed and woke in the morning forgetting all about the mouse.
Then I found dog treats, on my counter top, next to my stove. There were two of them. I know I didn't put them there. I did put the bucket of dog treats on the counter so Rachel would quit opening the cupboard and feeding them all to Rockwell, but I did not specifically place two treats near the oven. Mission Find and Destroy Mouse 2011 began.
That night I bought a few traps, i had one, but needed more. I baited three of them, two with peanut butter, one with cheese and went to bed. The next morning I had a mouse in one of the traps - although he did manage to escape with the cheese, he got nabbed with the peanut butter trap. I threw everything away, the trap and all. I was so disgusted that a mouse was in my kitchen so I bleached all the counter tops.
I left the traps out for a few days just in case there were additional friends of this mouse, but nothing ever came out of them. A few days later I pulled out my oven/range to see what might be behind it since I figured the mouse was dragging dog treats to an area behind it. I found dust, dog treats, dog hair and a knife! YES! My favorite knife was behind the stove! This mouse managed to remove it from the knife block and carry it across the counter and drop it behind the stove! This is what I probably heard drop in the middle of the night. I believe I found the hole where the mouse came in as well, it was around the electrical outlet that the stove plugs into. I put the stove away and a few days later planned to close what I thought was the entry hole.
Then randomly one night my dog begins to bark at the gas fireplace we have in the dining room. It is a ventless fireplace (and if I had my way, it would be gone, but I'm married) and has an access door on the top that can be opened. I opened the door and saw a PILE of dog treats in the corner. This is what my dog was barking at! I even saw a piece of popcorn. I safely removed all of the treats and disposed of them.
A few nights later I had my steel wool and tape to close the access behind the stove. As I pulled out the oven, my dog began to sniff at the back, top corner of the stove and I noticed 2 dog treats sitting there. I removed them and noticed popcorn in the back of the stove, near the top where the knobs are housed. I got out my shop vac and began to suck up popcorn. I could then see more popcorn but wasn't able to reach it with the shop vac so my husband helped me take the stove top off of the oven and this is what I found:
This super mouse even drug two treats under the stove top to the corner!
I am so grateful my dog smelled those treats, because I don't know if I would have noticed the popcorn. I'm sure this could have easily started a fire, especially if I used the self cleaning oven function!