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Mouse-Watch (penultimate chapter)

The ongoing problems of rodent in my room came to a conclusion last night – at last!

Despite 3 of those electronic sonic repellers in my room positioned at various directions (more intricate coverage than a laser-scanned vault in a mission:impossible movie!), and traps etc, the little rodent has been still running about.  It was only around 11.30pm, few nights ago, as I was working on my laptop, that it scuttled down the curtain by the window..  and ran under a bookshelf. I looked up to the plant pot on the shelf atop that shelf – and instantly, like a rapid-flash-forward in a movie (honest), many observations all fitted in –  the various little disturbed soils on all the plant pots, the small scattered bits of corn on altar and books below window, the reason why no amount of poisoned bait was being taken etc.

These were the deductions:  The mouse has been nesting in various holes in soils of the plant pots;   It has been nibbling away at the ears of corn I had on my `horn of plenty’ hanging by window, and also positioned on top shelf of the altar-frames above fire place;  and since there was a large supply of natural food supply of corn (I had picked some from a field in late summer), the mouse did not need to reach for any of the poisoned blue-tinted grains on the floor – all its food was above ground!

I sent nearly 3 hrs clearing it all out, removing all the corn & grain.   Then as I watched between 3.30am and 5.30am, it ran about, looking at various spots.  I had to sleep with my table-lamp pointing at obvious areas of the floor (and towards fireplace) to keep it away!

Next day I went to the shops  and got some `mouse pasta’ (pound shop?), and spread it all over obvious routes (as per my observations of night before). I went out to see some friends..and when I came back 4hrs later, I noticed some of the `food’ had been nibbled.  And I heard no scuttles last night…or tonight!

This whole episode (feels more like a Series!) has taken between 23rd Dec- 4th Jan.    Hopefully I can now sleep better, as there’s so much to get done!

Ps.  Earlier in the summer of last year, there was a rodent problem in my partner’s house…mainly her room’s floors and walls! In her case, we think it was a rat or a squirrel – the sound it made every night got worse, rattling water pipes, every time it moved up and down, as if a fright train was driving through the walls!    I am NOT exaggerating!!  It kept her (and me) sleepless for so many nights for nearly 2 months! It at times even felt surreal …as if the Squirrel was a Ghost wearing Chains, and rattling it about …like a Ghost of Christmas future!

Oh, the picture here is a photo of a tiny mouse (dead) that my partner found in her kitchen (no that wasn’t the big Rat on Chains!)

In case anyone who has mouse as pets is reading this – my apologies. In case anyone who thinks am making a mountain out of a mole-hill (!) – wait till you have a problem like these, and when you can’t sleep in your own room, then you’ll know.

And for all others who suffer such problems- my sympathies!  Contact me for moral support, cos I understand.

And finally- remember that rodents carry fleas that carry plagues!!   And mouse-urine can cause all sorts of diseases.  So wear gloves when dealing with it;   And final final Health & Safety note-   Be careful when handling mouse -poison!   I know we can get a packet of it for under £1 …but it can kill.. even humans!

Poison under Altar (aka Return of the Mouse)

Exactly 2 years 1 month and 2 day ago..  I woke up on my 40th birthday, with the running of a small mouse over my naked back!  There had been the odd sounds..but until that very moment, I had had no actual proof that a rodent had infested my room.. and I sleep on the floor on a futon-mattress (due to my bad back).   For the next few weeks it was a disturbed time..  sleeping downstairs in the sitting room, on the sofa etc.   Eventually the mouse went away (probably due to the ..ahem poison we carefully placed in corners of my bedroom).

Until the day before Christmas eve..  5 days ago, that is!

Yeap, while I was doing this very blog (one about neighbours?) I heard scratching sounds by the wall..near the room’s fireplace (where my pagan altar is).   I was disturbed several times that night…and around 5am while I watched in full room light, a mouse peeped out from just behind a potted plant next to the altar!    Needless to say, irritably, I packed my beddings and went to sleep on the single bed in the spare room.   Next day I went to stay with my partner for Christmas of course…(followed by the events of bad back injury etc).   Today I returned, and while checking …the same mouse  ran out from under one cupboard ..across the floor (2 meters) and under my altar!

There were 3 sets of plastic containers on various parts of the room floor..  with mouse-poison (you know the stuff..   greenish coloured grains)..  which had been placed there few days ago by my mother and sister..   But obviously, it hadn’t worked! The mouse was still there, having left evidence of chewing bits of news paper and carpet in corners!

Am in the small room tonight..  nursing a bad back that’s been through the hands of an osteopath and quite raw..   but I’ve taken care to mix grated cheddar cheese with each of the poisoned grain-packs in my room floor.   Hopefully it will entice the rodent forward.  It’s some sort of anti-coagulant. (Interestingly, on the box it came from..there are clear instructions on what sort of treatment medical doctors should give a human.. if a human accidentally ingests the poison!)

The thing is.. I have had discussions with people…. They ask of me- how could a nature loving pagan like me think of killing a mouse?!   Such an argument can only come from a person who never had a mouse run over their back in the early hours of the morning!    My childhood was in an ordinary urban household near crowded capital in Sri Lanka- where I’ve seen dangerous snakes fall from the roof into the house (once into my sister’s cot), or very large rats run about the house (and some get entombed into the walls by my grandmother who seals their burrows!). Some keep mice as pets, yes.  But I don’t have to- and I don’t have to let them run about my back either.

Even in Hindu mythology, the mouse / rat is a demon in disguise who attacked the elephant headed god Ganesh..who promptly tamed the demon and made it his personal `vehicle’!   (That’s why you always see Lord Ganesh seated on a large mouse!)

2 years ago I had the problem, and it has returned- demon strikes back?!   But then I have poisoned grains just under the altar. Now that one is weird even for me..  an actual tool of death, right under my sacred place.  But that’s the fireplace…through which the mouse is coming out.  In some ways, I see it as my sacred space being invaded by a demon… or rather, the mouse is a symbol of an alien unwanted energy trying to permeate my inner sanctum.   So I will fight it..  in the way  best can..  and I’ll tell you when I have won!