There Will Never Be a Mouse in This House


Our kids are always asking for a pet. There are two things they want. A dog, and a pet mouse. Although we have told them that one day we can get a dog, I have made it very very VERY clear that we will not EVER be getting a mouse. Call me unreasonable or even a bad mom, but unless pigs fly, there will never be an exception to this rule. No mice. 

I can't even hear the word mouse without thinking about the first and only time we have had a mouse in our house. At least the only time I have known about it. :)

I was nine months pregnant with our second child, and found myself getting up three of four times every night to go to the bathroom and get something to drink. I had lost all my mobility, I couldn't bend, sit, walk, or even move without major effort. One night I headed to the kitchen for a drink. I wanted lemon lime gatorade. I opened the fridge door and sensed movement out of the corner of my eye. I looked over just in time to see a mouse scurry into a cupboard by the sink. I wish I had my reaction on film. I would have won American's Funniest Home Videos for sure. Nine months preggo and somehow, I managed to leap across the kitchen and throw my body up on top of the kitchen table like an olympic athlete. I sat on the table for the next hour, trying to holler at my husband without waking our son up. He never heard me. I finally had the guts to get down and run-waddle back to the bedroom. 

We had a mouse trap set up the next day and within 48 hours had the mouse caught.  My mom was kind enough to take it to the trash. I was not about to touch the thing. 

Rodents and pests in our house creep me out. When I was a kid I always wanted my dad or mom to kill the spiders or get the bugs. Now with kids, I have had to toughen up. When my husband is home, he comes to the rescue, but when he is gone and a child hollers that there is a spider, I am the one who has to come to the rescue. Although I am trying to train our son to take my place.

When it comes to taking care of creepy crawlies, it is hard to know where to go for pest control help, or even what bugs we are fighting against. has all the information you need to identify pests, prevent infestation and choose a pest control professional in your area. 

With the weather changing, pests start to head indoors. If you are like us, you are thinking about the need to hire a pest control company to spray for spiders before winter. 

There are a few things you should know/do before you hire a pest control professional.

  • The exterminator should be licensed and a member of a local, state, or national pest management association.
  • Read and fully understand the nature of the pest, extent of the infestation, and what needs to be done to solve your problem before signing a contract.
  • Make sure that the company has liability insurance to cover any damages during treatment. This could include damage to your home or furnishings.
  • Understand the specifics of a guarantee, if any is given. You need to be informed of what the guarantee covers, how long it will last and what you have to do to keep it in force.
If you are looking for a pest control help, is your perfect resource. You can even enter your area code and quickly find a professional in your area.

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  1. We just moved to Iowa from Las Vegas. Our first experience with all kind of nasties including mice!! Funny thing is we didn't have the heart to do the mousetrap, so we did the sticky pads. But then we just through the pad in the trash when we caught the mouse. I am not a mouse lover for sure, but I will not be killing a mouse on purpose anytime soon!!

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