I’m such a newbie when it comes to prepping. I want to share a very important lesson with you.
B and I, along with our families, talk about prepping quite a bit. It’s nice having another family to share thoughts and ideas with. I love that they think of things we might not, and vice-versa.
One thing we had talked about when it comes to prepping was how to keep rodents out of our food stores. We talked about it, all agreed it is important. I even bought some mouse traps. I did NOT, however, actually deploy any of said mouse traps! Ugh, I know!
I have yet to get very organized with my prepping. There aren’t a lot of food stores to worry about. I only had one little cabinet in my kitchen dedicated to my food preps so far. I know that won’t get us far but a little is better than nothing. I have faith our families will learn to be self-sufficient, one day at a time. Anyway… my one cabinet was far from organized, I had NO idea what was even in there, and I decided it was time to take stock and start organizing. Yay me! 🙂
As I start pulling the bizarre collection of canned food, ramen noodles, shelf stable milk, dehydrated veggies, etc, out of the cabinet, I realize there has been a mouse in there! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I have a serious problem with this!! First of all, I have FOUR cats! Four! I have never had a mouse in this house that I know of! (all four cats are currently on probation LOL) Second, mice creep me out on a massive level!
Thankfully, the mouse must not have been in there for very long because he had only ruined a package of ramen and a cardboard container of shelf-stable milk. (On a side note, the entire time I was cleaning the cabinet, the cats seemed not to notice. I just know deep down they were very disappointed in themselves)
After I cleaned the cabinet, I placed a sticky trap in the cabinet in hopes of catching my little nasty friend. The next day, one of my dogs was sniffing at a drawer in the kitchen. At first, I didn’t think a lot of it. After a few hours I decided to investigate. Deep down, I knew what was going on, I was just in denial. I started cleaning out the drawer to investigate. It was the foil, plastic wrap, plastic ware, etc. drawer so I didn’t think a mouse would be very interested in it. You know I was wrong. Somehow, a little foil sample pack of peanut butter had ended up in that drawer. Apparently mice LOVE peanut butter!
By this point, I had declared war! It was on!
I emptied the drawer and placed another sticky trap in the drawer. This time, I smeared peanut butter on the trap. (Because now it was on like Donkey Kong!) !
At 3 am the next morning, DH and I were awoken by the dogs whining. They were whining because we had a trapped mouse!! Yes!
That’s how I felt at first. Then, ummm…. what the heck do we do with it?
Clearly I hadn’t thought that far ahead.
DH wanted to flush it, I said no! All I could think was I’d never be able to use the toilet again without thinking of the mouse.
Ok, then what to do with it? I had no idea.
He asked if I wanted him to let it go outside.
“No!” was my answer. I’m thinking then he will just come right back in because I have not yet figured out where he got in. Also, you can hate on me all you want, I don’t care; that little sucker had to die! He was eating my family’s food!
I won’t go into gory details of how the hubs had to kill it but it is definitely deceased.
So, I am sharing my lesson learned. Actually, two lessons learned.
One, mouse traps with your food preps are a necessity. Do not chance all of your hard work being destroyed.
Two, get the mouse traps that actually kill them. Unless, of course, you want to release or kill them yourself.
I am thankful I learned this lesson early on. Had I not, the results could have been devastating.
I hope I’ve helped at least one of you!
Happy (mouse-free) prepping!