While isolating, l have been dealing with mice in my partners house. So far l have caught and released at a distance around 12, killed 2 (not intentionally, but they died anyway), and poisoned two. A couple of these mice have been quite big.
One got a bit stroppy with one of my traps in the attic by biting at the plastic case and kicking it around at night (probably out of anger at trapping his children?).
I caught him eating in the trap one night, but he was too big to fit in fully with his legs hanging out
and he slipped out again as l grabbed the trap. I caught him later in a box and ejected him from the house!
I had been concerned for some time about the damage they may have been inflicting, but so far we seemed to have escaped, except for a box full of cotton buds which one rodent had tried to convert into a feather bed!
Mice have come and gone, but my latest friend has been a field mouse who seems to operate independently of the regular house mice. Quite tame this one. It ran into the downstairs bathroom l was using and sat on the floor nearby. When l spoke to it and it ran out again!
Then early this morning l cornered it in the study so it jumped onto a big cardboard box of books and climbed inside through a gap in the cover flaps. Looking inside l was horrified to see that it had chewed on a valuable first edition set of wildlife encyclopedias worth around £100 each.
Of 20 in the collection, one had most of the spine eaten away, and another 8 had been nibbled along the bottom of the hardback covers. After removing the books he, she, it was hiding under, it sat staring up at me from a moment as if to say haven’t l been clever. Then it jumped out of the box before scrambling to relative safety.
Strangely it didn’t touch most of the other books, which included rare Jane Austin, Hans Christian Anderson and Robert Lewis Stevenson books. A hardback Dick Francis novel had one corner eaten away! At least this little fellow was discriminating in taste!
Has anyone else been seen rodent infestations this year?