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Ugh. I’m originally from the suburbs, so when I lived at home, if you heard someone had a mouse or some roaches crawling around their crib, the perception was that your living quarters were less than clean and that you might just be residing in a space that looks like something off of Hoarders. Like I said, I’m from the suburbs–I’m just used to deer, crazy squirrels, murderous raccoons and even slimy possums, so until recently, if you showed me mouse poop on a counter I would have thought it was Oreo cookie crumbs. But I decided to move to the city. Sounded like such a good idea until I saw my first big roach crawling in a Popeye’s bag I left out right after I moved in. It got a whole lot little worse when after cooking chicken in the kitchen a mouse ran from underneath my oven. Like I said, moving in the city seemed like it should have been a good idea…

No, but seriously, even the fanciest places can wind up with mice–there’s just so many people residing close to one another in the city. If you’re like me and aren’t familiar with this hardcore form of pest and rodent (and spent many years getting over a spider fear–now they aren’t ish), then knowing there is a critter or two, or three in the your place is probably freaking you out and making you want to run out of the house. Don’t. As my mom said to me, “Where are you going to go!?” After contacting my landlord and being crafty with some ammonia and a few spare rolled up rugs, I got some help with my situation. I can’t say that I’ll never see a mouse in my crib again, but with all the steel wool and closed up holes around now, it will sure as hell have a hard time coming in.

Yeah, rodents suck. But the minute you see something, be ready to take action and call your landlord with the quickness. Know that the longer you take freaking out and crying to moms on the phone, the more time you’re leaving for your new beloved vermin to act a fool in your place. Get in touch with your landlord and try and see what can be done to fill all random holes and large cracks that you can see around your place, and keep other doors in your spot closed (especially the bedroom). Now, what should you do about the mouse (or mice) already in? You could always get a cat, but that’s another mess in itself. There are an array of options, here’s what may and may not work.

An Electronic Mice Repellent Plug-In

Who ever thought you could get excited about mouse prevention! Well this electronic mouse repellent device is like Glade without the fresh scent and instead of bringing people in, it’s supposed to make mice want to stay away. These fancy mouse repellents are supposed to send out high-frequency sound waves to mice that sound like what alarms and jackhammers sound like to us human beings. This type of repellent is said to be good for people with pets and kids who don’t want to leave obnoxious smells and poisons meant for the pests around to be chewed up by the wrong person. As always, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never see a mouse again, because it could find an area that the electronic device isn’t in and nest–but hey, it’s definitely worth a try.

Mouse Trap

The old-school snap back traps from the movies is still a popular choice for many people. While the trap may make a messy mess for you that you probably would prefer not to clean up, there’s something comforting about knowing the mouse is in that bad boy and caught. You’ve hurt it, you know where it is, and you can take it out, as opposed to wondering where it may have gone. And if the little bastards make you that uncomfortable to even look at (like me), go bother your man or a neighbor (you trust) to come in and “do work.”

You can also try the humane trick of taking a large bucket, putting a sweet, sticky substance in it or around the top of it, stack up some books for the mouse to climb up to the bucket with, and hope they are stupid enough to fall in: then you can pick up the bucket and kick the vermin out of your house and throw them back into the outside world. Hey, I saw it on a YouTube video and it looked like a good idea…

Glue Trap

So you’re hoping not to have to deal with all the gore of an old-school mouse trap, but you want to make sure your rodent is caught. Check out a glue trap. I’m not particularly a fan of these because of the fact that once a mouse is trapped in it, there’s no immediate disappearance or death. They actually have to sit and starve to death, which could take a little while (do you really want to see that mess?). And it’s just kind of sad, ya know? On top of that, some mice can escape this big mess, and then that would just be a waste now wouldn’t it? But to each their own.


The mouse that was in my apartment must have been smart (or literally around the block a few times), because though I laid out pellets, I didn’t find a dead one anywhere–but that’s kind of a good thing for my scary behind. Anyway, poison pellets are somewhat popular because there is less mess: if the rodent finds one and eats it, it’s eventually supposed to die. No blood, no sticky mess from a glue trap. However, if the mouse walks off and dies somewhere away from the pellets and you can’t find it, you sure will be able to once that smell gets a-going. Pew!

Electronic Mouse Trap

Another option safe for the kiddies and the pets you actually WANT in the house, an electronic mouse trap resembles a little house, but this isn’t a home sweet home for the rodent. Throw some bait in there and in order for the mouse to get it, they have to walk across electrically-charged plates that allegedly kill them in a matter of seconds–so you don’t have to worry about a great escape. Pop in some C batteries and just wait. Clean-up is also said to be easy so you don’t have to be as grossed out as you would be with the usual death traps. But this isn’t your usual couple-of-dollars trap. Some can go for literally almost $100, but many reviewers have said it’s well worth it and catches multiple mice at a time.


If after all that, you still see droppings and hear mice acting a fool in your walls, it’s time to act a fool like them. Call your landlord about bringing an exterminator in the place to actually do something that might work, and if they act funny, you can always let them know you’ll pay for it–by taking it out of the rent you pay. And that’s actually something you can do depending on the renter’s rights you have in your state. To get an exterminator, the prices usually depend on the size of your home but can start as little as $30 for the basics and go as high as over $1,000. But if you really just don’t feel comfortable in your crib because of the rodent(s) taking over, it might be a cost you won’t mind paying.

Ever lived alone and had to deal with a mouse? How did you get rid of it? 

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