14 June 2012

A Mouse Ate My Handbag........

We have had a mouse in the house for a couple of weeks now.  The first we became aware of his presence was when I moved the little bear that sits on the TV cabinet.  We brought 'Little Bear' home from the Haigs Chocolate factory which is why he had a couple of Chocolate Hearts in an Organza bag tied around his neck.... That was until Mouse found it!

OK so they were very stale bits of chocolate and should have been thrown out years ago and we thought it amusing that the 'little mouse' has eaten his way through the bag and the foil to get to the chocolate, and delicately dropped the chewed pieces of foil in the lap of Bear as if Bear was the one to blame....
So I cleaned the house from top to bottom - plugging any hole that may have let him in.  The next morning we woke to find a Caramel Bunny (left on the bench overnight) with a rather large bite out of it's middle.  OK so this mouse has a passion for chocolate.

The kids wouldn't let us set a traditional trap and so we bought the "Catch Him Alive" model.
Oh Yeah THAT was successful .... Baited with chocolate - it took the bait and said 'thank you very much' by leaving a "calling card" on the floor instead!
Then DD found evidence it had sniffed out her 'Hypo Stash' in her handbag - and helped himself to half of a Confectionery Company Dinosaur......
Mouse is no longer amusing....

Time for a better Mouse-trap!  Enter Spike.  .......This also doesn't work. Cat is scared of everything that moves and spends most of his time hiding under beds or in his basket in the laundry.

So DD cleans up her room convinced that she had been kept awake all night with scratchings in the wall.  A suspicion that was proved with the discovery of............ (see photo)
well this is one VERY determined Chocoholic Mouse.
[I must point out at his stage that no other food left out has been touched - the traps set with other mouse tempting tidbits were ignored.]
The only thing this mouse will eat is Lollies & preferably Chocolate!

Then Tuesday I picked up my handbag - only to discover......

OH NO!  It had smelt the chocolate my Mum had given me when we went for coffee the other day, got into my bag and when it discovered that the chocolate was in the zipped section - promptly ATE his way through not one but TWO sections of my bag lining and a layer of foil to get to the 'prize'.....
And then proceeded to chew it's way back out via a different route!

And as Bugs Bunny said...."Of course you know that This Means WAR"......
.... it also means I need a new handbag!


  1. I would have already used a real trap and gotten rid of that chocolate thief. Better hurry once there is one the whole family will move in and multiply. Good luck.

  2. Oh Horror! A pregnant mouse with a craving for chocolate.....

  3. O_O Who would've thought - a mouse with a sweet tooth! We had mice in the house a while back (we'd heard them but it wasn't until our cat Smudge was halfway through eating one that we saw it) and it was very annoying trying to get rid of them. To be fair, it wasn't our fault - we had a resident owl in the roof that would bring back his dinner and then promptly lose it in the roof.
    I can't stand the sound of scratching in the roof and walls. Ugh. Best of luck getting rid of your sugar-fiend!!

  4. Ah well! Whether the Cat frightened it away, or whether it died from Chocolate poisoning or Indigestion from too much handbag... we have not seen it since.

  5. Hope you get rid of him they multiply every eight days it seems. Lol