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Mouse Trap

2009 October 27

While watching television the other night, I caught a glimpse of a movie about a certain kind of pest: rodents. I know that horror films clearly over exaggerate and are intended to scare people but it did bring back some memories for me. Last year I lived in a new apartment with two of my best friends back at school. One night as we were having a movie night, one of my roommates yelped that she saw a mouse run across our kitchen floor. My other roommate and I went to check it out and as we stood there anxiously awaiting the arrival of our four legged visitor, it suddenly ran across the edge of the floor disappearing into a wall. We all immediately jumped on our kitchen table and screamed. It was a scene straight out of a movie. Girly, I know. I’m sure the mouse was just as scared we were. Needless to say, we discovered later that we had more than just one mouse and a pest problem. Our ordeal with mice lasted a month or so until we had carefully and safely eliminated all rodents and sealed up any possible nook and cranny that they could get in. I will be forever grateful to the roommate that was brave enough to ‘take out the trash’. Moral of the story, though, is that we handled our situation safely. It should be noted that as young adults we were able to take care of the situations ourselves and young children should definitely not. This brings up a few good tips to keep in mind when handling pest infestations of your own, especially when children are around.

  • Always keep pesticides and other household chemicals out of children’s reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Never transfer pesticides to other containers that children may associate with food or drink.
  • Never place rodent or insect baits where small children can easily get to them.
  • If you are interrupted while using a pesticide or household chemical, make sure to properly reclose the container and put it out of children’s reach.

Remember that pesticides aren’t just limited to those used for rodents but apply to many other products that may be in your house. You can visit a virtual house where you can learn about various chemicals and pesticides, health and safety tips, and what to do if an accident occurs. Take a stand against those pests but do so in a safe way!

About the author: Emily Bruckmann is an intern at the Office of Children’s Health Protection. She is a senior attending Indiana University who will graduate with a degree in public health this spring.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Jackenson Durand permalink
    October 27, 2009

    My responses are becoming the more and more share inside EPA’s University.
    Green starts inside, where we are locating ourselves most, and bring it onto the atmosphere climatic.

  2. Johnny R. permalink
    October 29, 2009

    It’s hard to believe this article was written by a woman, loaded with sexist hyperbole as it is. No rational person could believe that three students jumped up on a table and screamed at the sight of a mouse (!) This whole website looks like a hangover from the 8 years of Bush revanchism.

  3. Rachel permalink
    October 31, 2009

    We had a mouse problem in our very nice townhouse in college and yes, women (girls call us whatever you want) will scream and jump up on a table when a mouse runs through the house. I have even know guys to do the same…no one likes unwanted pets (pests).

    We as a family have had mouse issues in different states in very nice houses as well. This article is very correct that the problem needs to be addressed (we usually call in my sister, the great mouse catcher to do the work) and eliminate the mouse or you will end up with many more that will destroy your house!

  4. Evan Keel permalink
    October 31, 2009

    Your pseudo-intellectual rant showcases your immense vocabulary(!) This indicates that your experience with women is lacking. To call this blog post “sexist” vacuous. In the words of the great philosopher Michael Jackson, “That’s just ignorant!”

    Evan Keel

  5. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    November 2, 2009

    I’m lucky in the condo complex I am at. We have a good landscape company that makes sure the plants don’t become overgown and the association has professionals come out when any pest problems do come up. So we are not bothered by ants, termites, rodents and such. But when I lived with my other in a single familjy house in Orange, we had stray cats from a stray cat coloney along the Santa Ana River not far from our house, lots of possums, raccoons, and tree rats as well as gophers and moles. We wound up having most of the landscape taken out and much of it replaced by concrete walks and Orange County Animal Control trapped many of the stray cats and possums but we had a pest problem to a greater or lesser extent until my mother passed away and I moved to Mission Viejo. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  6. rita driscoll permalink
    November 2, 2009

    Dear Emily,
    I agree about handling rodents safely.It was9yrs ago my children were getting sick every 2 weeks, stomache,headaches ,at the time one was 14 yrs old female my son 7yrs old.Tuesday every other week,I asked the school nurse for the schedule of spraying that was going on.Her reply what spraying?She contacted me later that week with a list of chemicals that made my stomache sick.
    Every other Friday Chemtech would spray inside the school close windows and hope they killed the sugar ants,mice flys ect..I then received Oshas (mispelled) report side effects dizziness diahrea nervous system disorder,I spoke to mothers they were not concerned,but the worst episode occured when my daughter was trying out for basketball,it was a Sunday they had been doing construction and 5 girls started to vomit clear vomit within 5 mins of doing windsprints. No one thought anything of it.I called the cheif engineer asked him what was going on in gym 2,oh we had put down rat pellets very poisonous the coach should have been notified it could have been from the poison.
    Long story short 2 children sick for many years,many things caused there illnesses,what could have been prevented was proper and state regulations back than on chemicals in schools.
    When my son got very sick I asked to see the list in his new school,2 engineers met me put me in a room with a binder of about 500 hundred pages.Are you going to sue?They asked me I said what the heck is being put down in this school,we have knew products but old inventory.Please the children in every district are being exposed to chemicals because of long term contracts.What a shame,scam when in the 1920-50s white vineger was the best and cheapest cleaning agent.Now people ,parents, and young adults are so much more aware. Keep up the work for the safety of these kids.Thank You,
    Rita Driscoll

  7. Ken Chadwick permalink
    February 20, 2010

    As I working pest controller I can assure you that I have seen more than three women up on a table as a result of seeing a mouse


  8. michaelsteven1978 permalink
    November 2, 2012

    It’s best to contract a professional rodent control specialist to remove rat and mice from your home as most of these pests bit and carry diseases.

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