Okay, I am officially delerious (don't ask me how to spell it because I am too much of it to know right now). I know I'm a pest, but I can't help it. I have spent yet another sleepfree night sitting at the computer. it's the rucking fodents again/still.
Again it had been a few days without any action but yesterday I thought I heard something in my bookcases (which are right behind me here clear on the other side of the house from where my first sighting/trap was). I told myself I was imagining things.
About midnight I went to do something and wham...rodent spotted running from my office all the way into the kitchen and under the fridge. More poison bait, move the electronic trap. Anyway, I am totally freaked out and a nervous mess now. This is two days in a row without sleep because I am so jumpy. Ebony is totally useless it appears as she doesn't even seem to be aware even when one is scampering in front of her.
So, now I know it's more than possible they are near me. I thought crocs were neat until it dawned on me there was a mouse running around and I have holes in my shoes. Good thing I have a shelf to keep my feet on, but that gets uncomfortable after 5 or 6 hours let me tell you.
So to my question. Option 1: I called some exterminators first thing. Some can't come for a month, some can come in a week or two. I can't go without sleep that long but that's beside the point.. maybe...I don't know anymore. They cost $225 + materials and they all leave baited traps where the mouse is poisoned, goes in the wall and dries up (so no smell). this does not impress me too much since years ago I got that promise and nearly stepped on the poor dead thing who had not gone in a wall at all but was right beside my bed (hence my not going to sleep as , well, you can imagine why that makes me nervous now). As well they will point out areas where the mice might come in, but they don't fill or fix them.
The advantage is a trained set of eyes and chances are knowing how to deal with a place that is so full of boxes. The disadvantage is price and time as at this rate this house could have a much larger population in a couple of weeks.
Option 2 is to go to one of their stores, pick up the poison (which of course they tell me is more effective than the stuff I bought), more bait traps and carry on myself. The upside is it can be done today and is cheaper. The downside is my efforts so far apparently aren't very effective so I could still end up needing them to come and have to spend the money anyway.
I'm not normally a particularly nervous person but after being around these mice, I am getting totally jumpy with every noise or movement. I need them gone, permanently.
So, which option would you choose? I am ready to go sleep in the car. I hate this.