Much to our disgust, a week or two ago we discovered that our little travel trailer had been invaded by mice. I happened to be in there looking for something one day, pulled open a drawer, and well, let's just say it was disgusting.
So we pulled everything out. Anything that could be was thrown in the washer, and the rest was vaccuumed and washed down.
We decided that the mice had climbed up the fat electrical cord and through the little hole where it exited the trailer. From there they had been into everything they could. Always trying to look on the bright side, I was just thankful that they hadn't nested in the seat cushions or the mattress. There was a lovely nest in the oven though. That's certainly a good reason to give the oven a really good cleaning, and there was no way I was touching that nest. Poor Larry got to do most of the dirty work.
Most things we didn't put back in the trailer, and we kept watch, just in case. There was the odd dropping or two showing up overnight, so obviously we still had at least one visitor.
Since we didn't have any mousetraps on hand, and I kept forgetting to get some when I was out, I looked on the internet for an idea, and found this. It is just a large bucket with a dowel jammed across the top, a can that spins on the dowel, and peanut butter on the can. The idea is that you give the mice access to the top of the bucket, with a ramp or whatever, they climb out to the can for the peanut butter, and their weight to one side or the other makes the can spin and dumps them in the bucket. I even watched a video on Youtube and saw it in action. Usually you put water in the bucket, and the mice swim until they drown of exhaustion. Well I guess I have a soft spot, so just put enough water in the bottom to make it hard to climb out, but not enough to drown in. We had a few days with no success, but then yesterday morning, Hurray!!
Do I smell peanut butter?