To catch a mouse diary
Day one: Received the Riddex Sonic Pest Repeller and plugged them in. These were on sale real cheap at Amazon so I thought I’d give it a try before doing something more drastic. It was only a tiny field mouse after all. My family thought I was being over sensitive. But, the idea of something crawling around my living room is just too much. There were a lot of positive reviews. After I ordered them, however, I did more research and found that the FTC had a file on them for “unsubstantiated claims.” Oh well, since I already ordered them I’d give it a try. The instructions said that it would take up to seven days. I followed the instructions to the letter, and plugged them in. I plugged it in two places on the first floor and in the hallway upstairs. I thought I noticed a bit of a ruckus in a corner, but I may have just imagined it.
Day two: No activity except the constant clicking of the device. I kept the television off all day, hoping to increase the effect of the noise and I’d be able to hear them better. My son was concerned about the possibility of brain damage caused by sonic sounds. I told him it was supposed to be safe for pets. He didn’t seem convinced and gave a shrug that indicated it wasn’t that big a deal and it was just another of mom’s kicks.
Day three: Early morning, thought I saw some mouse droppings on the floor. Still it could’ve been that we’d had tacos the night before and it could have been crumbs. I swept and mopped just in case. On my trip to the store that afternoon, I couldn’t resist the temptation and bought a mouse trap. When I got home, I thought better of it. I didn’t want to handle the mess of a trap. So, I put it under the sink.
Day four: I’m haunted by shadows. I know its just my imagination cause I even see shadows of a mouse on the ceiling. It’s too quiet. I can’t believe a mouse has made me so paranoid.
Day five: Haven’t heard anything but the click click click of the sonic mouse device. It sounds like a dripping faucet. Its enough to drive a person crazy. Reviewers said that they couldn’t stand the noise. They said they heard a whirring. I’m not sure if I’m just used to having a lot of electronic noise or if it just blends in with the rest of the noise of the home but all I know is that its very, very quiet except for the clicking dripping noise that occurs at random intervals. It can get on a person’s never. But, its worth it. I can put up with the clicking cause I haven’t seen any mouse. Did I accidentally block him in behind something? Is he still lurking somewhere?
Day six: I dare not call it a success yet, knock on wood. The floor’s clean, there’s no more shadows. I’ve turned off everything, but I know I won’t hear him even if he shows up. There’s a reason why they say “as quiet as a mouse.” They can be running circles around your feet but you can’t see them. Thinking about that, gives me the heebie-jeebies. The reviewers said that after the third or fourth day they’d noticed an increase in activity, with the mice running around in circles trying to get out. But, I haven’t heard anything. Like I said. It’s too quiet. Where’d “he” go? Just to be safe, I’m going to vacuum again.
Day seven: Yep, it says its most effective in the first seven days. It’s actually longer than that since I put it in early and here it is 11 at night. Does that mean he’s gone? I hope so. I’m going to leave the things plugged in for another week just to be safe. But, I think it worked.