0600 hours this morning the wife gets out of bed to use the master
bath (on second floor). She screams because there is a small gray
mouse doing the breast stroke in the toilet, stuck unable to climb
out. I figure since this is a second story bath that the only way
that mouse got there was through the roof vent. We've never had a
mouse in the house and it would be impossible for him to get into the
toilet by climbing it or jumping from a counter because this toilet is
separated from the sink in a corner with no adjacent fixtures. I also
figue it could not have crawled up to the second story through
vertical PVC from the basement had it gotten in through the street
So it must have fell in the roof vent then just too a turn at the T
into the toilet and swam past the toilet P trap.
Is there any other way he could have gotten there? That I should be
looking to plug up an entry hole? The house is only 8 years old,
probably no screen on the roof vent.
You might get your items free, too. There used to be a bill collection
agency in the UK named "Telly's Smellies." They hired people with NO sense
of smell, dressed them VERY nicely then doused them with pig vomit (or
The bill collectors would sit patiently in the waiting rooms of deadbeats
until a checkie-poo was forthcoming.
I picked it up by the tail and, uh, suffocated it in a zip lock bag
tied in another plastic bag, today just happened to be garbage pickup
I have never seen a mouse in the house previously, but I'll put out
some glue traps anyway just to prove to myself it did not get in any
way other than the roof vent. The second story of my house is sealed
tight and the only way up here is the staircase if he got through a
wall at ground level. And even if he got in at ground level hole then
the mouse should wind up in the basement as the ground floor is about
18 inches above grade. No other explanation other than the roof vent
makes any sense to me.
I don't know how it might have climbed the vent stack... and I would
wonder if the toilet lid were up or down...
Chances are best that if you have seen one mouse, there are more.
Generally, they're practically an infestation before the homeowner
I'd advise getting a few packs of rat sized glue traps and baiting
them with a couple cotton balls (and/or pistachios) about an inch from
the edge and placing them in a corner or under the sinks on each
I'll keep you posted if there are more. Seat was up but a small mouse
could not possibly climb an inverted slope porcelain bowl, just like
he could not climb out of same bowl. No other "climbing fixtures" are
near this toilet for him to make a swan dive into the toilet either.
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