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Submitted by marion on December 19, 2007 - 12:04pm

There is probably more than one mouse living in my garage and I'm pretty pissed. I first noticed a mouse was in my garage a few months back when I saw it's disgusting droppings on our boxes of stuff. Eew! Anyway, then I saw one run out while me and my son were utilizing our storage. Ok, so we set some traps and we caught one. It was small-Thank God. So, I thought ok, maybe no more problems. Then I go in my garage today and saw one.

Ok, I talked to the owner in Oct. and told him there are mice in my garage. I explained to him that we don't have a lot of junk in our garage and it is clean. We have stuff neatly packed in newer boxes. We don't eat in there, we don't live in there, we don't entertain in there. One time I left an empty Starbuck's frappachino cup in there, but that's about it. No food. We've never eaten in there.

So, how in the f*ck did a mouse/mice get in my garage??

Now, the deviant next door neighbors have had trash stacked on the side of their house, outside of their trash cans at times. Not all the time, but more than I would think is acceptable to the homeowner's association. I would guess the damn mice came from them.

Ok, so I asked the owner to get rid of them. He says no because according to him, they are field mice and they are just "around". He told me to take care of it myself.

I'm thinking maybe there's a crack/hole in the garage foundation? whose fault is it? Is the owner responsible? If so, I'm going to demand he do something about this. I rent in an upscale community, I see no reason I should have to put up with this. If he refuses to fix this, I'm so done with this place. I know some of you on here own rental property, so does the owner have to fix this??

Submitted by taz on December 20, 2007 - 4:27pm.

if they weren't sleeping, my cats would be really offended...

Submitted by marion on December 20, 2007 - 4:31pm.

Taz, dearest. I just knew you had cats...

Submitted by pbnative on December 20, 2007 - 4:36pm.

if they weren't sleeping, my cats would be really offended...
LOL and still grinning...

Submitted by Coronita on December 20, 2007 - 4:36pm.

If i rented, and I saw a sporadic rodent,  I probably wouldn't raise it as a concern to the ll. If I saw a swarm of them, I'd suspect it's an infestation, and make sure to contact my landlord. Generally, as a renter, I would expect the landlord to at least make an attempt at dealing with a suspected "infestation", or if it really bothered me, I would ask my landlord to break whatever lease i still had and find another place to live.

 

I don't have a rodent problem, but I do seem to see a swarm of geckos where i live (please no insurance jokes). I generally don't mind them, because they tend to eat all the bugs. One made the unfortunate decision to sleep under one of my car's tires, and I sort of had to scrape the flatten remains off the garage floor. Another one met it's demise when it decided to sleep inside my wife's shoe and was squashed when she put the shoes on and went jogging. Funny thing is my wife didn't notice until I saw a flattened gecko on the carpet, apparently left after the gecko dislodged from her socks while walking in.

Yes, I know TMI.

 

Submitted by sd_bear on December 20, 2007 - 4:44pm.

I'm with you taz. My cat wakes up when I come home just long enough for me to rub her belly before she goes for another 23 hour nap.

Submitted by marion on December 20, 2007 - 4:52pm.

Submitted by fat_lazy_union_... on December 20, 2007 - 4:36pm.

"If I rented, and I saw a sporadic rodent, I probably wouldn't raise it as a concern to the ll. If I saw a swarm of them, I'd suspect it's an infestation, and make sure to contact my landlord. Generally, as a renter, I would expect the landlord to at least make an attempt at dealing with a suspected "infestation", or if it really bothered me, I would ask my landlord to break whatever lease i still had and find another place to live."

Ahhhh....

The voice of reason. :)

Submitted by marion on December 20, 2007 - 4:52pm.

"I'm with you taz. My cat wakes up when I come home just long enough for me to rub her belly before she goes for another 23 hour nap."

Yeah, and Cats are good when you want to keep popping the bon-bons in your mouth too. They'll just leave you alone. Dogs won't let you do that, they'd want to eat some.

Submitted by taz on December 20, 2007 - 5:08pm.

and marion, "dearest," it doesn't surprise me at all that you don't like cats...

Submitted by 92037renter on December 20, 2007 - 5:23pm.

BTW, La Jolla is the definition of upscale, and is supposed to be rat-central. Lots of foliage for nesting, maybe? And gourmet trash?

I've trapped 3 rats in my La Jolla Shores patio in the past 6 months. (By far the most prolific trapping season I've ever had) They were eating tomatoes right off the plants in my garden. I'll bet they've found their way into the garage on occasion as well.

I've lived in SD area for over 10 years and never lived more than 7 blocks to the ocean- from Mission Beach to Encinitas and we've always seen the occasional rat or mouse nosing around the outside of the house, garden, under the deck... This year there seem to be more than usual, don't know if there's something with the weather or what....

We keep a clean place and only 1 time (8 yrs ago) have had one inside the house. I just chalk it up to the price of living in paradise and(to keep remotely on topic) my wife and I would never dream of calling the landlord for a rodent every few years...

Submitted by marion on December 20, 2007 - 5:54pm.

92037, this situation is different. In this case, the owner should step up and take care of the problem.

Submitted by marion on December 20, 2007 - 6:52pm.

Submitted by taz on December 20, 2007 - 5:08pm.

"and marion, "dearest," it doesn't surprise me at all that you don't like cats..."

Taz, yeah, you're reclining on the couch scraping the bottom of the half-gallon of ice cream, your waist is growing thicker and thicker...your husband comes in and shoots you a stern look, but the cat will not bother you at all. Most importantly, said cat won't bother your ice cream.

So, yeah, CATS. What's not to love?...

You don't have to walk him, you don't have to give him a bath, you don't have to exercise him, just easy, easy, easy...

Submitted by Doofrat on December 21, 2007 - 1:09am.

When I lived in Carlsbad, I found a tomato on the grill of my BBQ one night. Of course, it was quite the mystery as to how the tomato got there, but the mystery was soon solved when I fired up the grill one night and a mouse/rat came flying out the bottom of the grill.

After moving to Carmel Valley, I get the same thing, a small rat/mouse that visits the grill. And my wife often sees him run past the slider in the back yard.

I worked at a company on the hill directly across the street from the Torrey Pines golf course. They had a section of the wall where these rats lived and they had to remove dead rats from the wall every so often. They even had to leave part of the wall covered with just plywood so they could change the traps and collect dead rats every so often.

So the gist is that mice and rats are commonplace here and just about impossible to get rid of, at least we don't have those giant roaches they have in other places.

Submitted by marion on December 21, 2007 - 2:08am.

^^^^well, I guess I better go put on my Minnie Mouse costume and go serve 'em a platter of cookies and slurpees...

Submitted by cashflow on December 21, 2007 - 7:32am.

okay so all your comments about this and other's stories have made me laugh this early a.m.

But I do have to say that I think everyone is a bit harsh with their comments to Marion...hey at least she posted here with the question....as a woman, I can empathize with her post. Having rodents in the home is not a fun thing...but hopefully your son is now old enough to be the man and help catch these poor little creatures who choose the wrong garage!

We are living in an older rental. When we first moved here there were these little moths EVERYWHERE. My 2 year old daughter thought it was hilarious when mommy would run around chasing them and killing them, she even followed clapping her hands behind me, and became the very good bug spotter!

I was thinking, did they come from our boxes which had been in storage, but soon found they were coming from the pantry-owner who had moved out was asian and probably stored lots of rice in there....also, we've had our times with spiders. So I set up a monthly pest service to at least spray around the outside of the house. It has helped with spiders...now did I bother the landlord...no there are bigger fish to fry with this home and I definitely don't want to use up my 'free help' tokens...point is, I think it's better to use some common sense with some issues and try and manage small problems yourself, now after some time if you can't get rid of them, you're right, you may want talk to the owner as he/she won't want them in the property as I would think long term, they could cause some damage (chewing wires, etc).
Good luck and happy hunting!

Submitted by taz on December 21, 2007 - 10:14am.

marion you are SO predictable...arguing your point by attacking me and claiming I'm fat...

but as usual you only embarrass yourself...'cause I don't like ice cream but I do like to RUN and I'm pretty sure I'd beat you to the finish line in the slim chance I run into to you at any local road races...

it's been fun marion, but goodbye, i'm done wasting my time w/you...

Submitted by marion on December 21, 2007 - 12:57pm.

Taz, your jealousy is unacceptable.

If you don't like being attacked, don't attack other people. I'm sure you're super fit and a top-notch runner and yes, you absolutely hate ice cream and love cats. Thank God you won't be wasting anymore time posting to me.

Submitted by EJ on December 21, 2007 - 2:35pm.

limecat rulz

Submitted by marion on December 21, 2007 - 2:57pm.

Haha, with the limecat.

update: My son caught one of the little critters last night; we used a traditional trap and baited it with peanut butter. It's cool to have a 15-year-old son. :)

We have 3 more traps set. If we catch anymore, I'm calling the owner.

Submitted by condogrrl on December 21, 2007 - 3:07pm.

If there was ever a troll on this site, it's Marion. Why are any of us reading her garbage? I know I'm done. I've learned so much from this site, and I've learned "no more Marion." Thank you all for the many valuable posts.

Submitted by novice1027 on December 21, 2007 - 3:13pm.

Condogrrl,
It's like the dead animal in the road, you don't want to look as you drive past, but you still do, then wish you hadn't!

Submitted by novice1027 on December 21, 2007 - 3:15pm.

duplicate

Submitted by novice1027 on December 21, 2007 - 3:16pm.

duplicate

Submitted by EJ on December 21, 2007 - 3:16pm.

christmas kitty: Merry Christmas!!!

Submitted by KCTxr on December 21, 2007 - 3:23pm.

First post ever for me, about 2 1/2 years. I agree with Cooprider14. Funniest post ever. My Persion loved to play with the mice, but they counldn't take her playfullness. I wonder why? The squirrels couldn't handle the play level either.

Submitted by marion on December 21, 2007 - 4:24pm.

KCTxr, welcome to the board! About it being the funniest thread, I do what I can. :)

Novice, join condogrrl and taz and just stay off the thread. Let me guess, you have a cat, right? Nevermind, don't answer that, just keep on driving down that road. Thank You.

Submitted by CDMA ENG on December 21, 2007 - 4:30pm.

CDMA ENG...

I don't like being negative but I really can not stand this thread or its author. So I will try to take this from the realm of the frivalous to the serious. I am "newer" to the valley and have lived numerous years in Phoenix. I am terrified of mice! Not because it is a mouse but because of the Hantavirus!

Do you guys not have deaths from this? Every year Arizona would report 5 to 10 deaths from this and these poor people died painful, slow deaths. Most of them had no idea there was mice around.

And does the land-lord have any liablity in this if it has been identified by the renter and there is a sickness or death?

Thanks for the answer in advance, and have a wonderful holiday.

C.E.

Submitted by PCinSD on December 21, 2007 - 4:40pm.

taz, condogrrl, you know better than to use common sense with marion or dare disagree with her. Go back and re-read her other posts, and her responses to you - and everyone else for that matter. She lacks the ability to think logically and makes up for it by personally attacking her dissenters. You are probably experiencing just a tiny fraction of what her ex-husband dealt with on a daily basis. I'd still love to hear his side of the story. Not sure if he should be pitied or congratulated.

"I can't get cat. I HATE cats."

Marion, this isn't what this thread is about, so I won't even argue your view of cats except to say that someone that HATES cats is scary to me. No judgement of you, it's just plain cold and scary. As a cat owner and animal lover (cats, dogs, birds, you name it) I think you have some unresolved "issues".

Navydoc, you rude unacceptable s.o.b. - you didn't realize that by posting here you were representing the navy medical profession and naval officers in general? Shame on you. Let's hope your C.O. doesn't find out or that any of your patients were harmed as a result. For what it's worth, after 9 years as an enlisted man in the Navy I know that officers do not have the market cornered on being "gentlemanly" or some such garbage. It's based on the individual. Keep up the good work.

By the way, I was at the Poinsettia bowl yesterday. Chock full of midshipmen in their uniforms. Generally being rude, obnoxious, drunk, and sitting in the seats I paid for.

pabloesqobar

Submitted by CBad on December 21, 2007 - 4:43pm.

Why not ask your billionaire boyfriend to hire an exterminator for your upscale home as a Christmas present? Or perhaps have the ex set up a jumpy for the mice in the backyard and sell tickets to help raise money for child support?

Submitted by cooperthedog on December 21, 2007 - 4:43pm.

Marion -

Since we are anthropomorphizing cats and dogs, one could make the argument that cats are generally "b!tches" and that they don't interact well with their kind, yet you are getting into some catfights with the other ladies on this board, but you are a dog (person)...

So, Marion, which is it - are you a b!tch or a dog?

Sorry - I couldn't resist, but your recent posts have taken on a mean spirit...

Also, if you're looking to utilize this forum as a dating service, just cut to the chase and list your bio vs. dropping the (not so) subtle hints of being in shape, loving exercise, having soft skin, etc.

Submitted by marion on December 21, 2007 - 4:51pm.

Pabloesquobar, you're really ridiculous. Are you really a man?? You sound more like a whinning female to me. Ok, first, I've gotten some very helpful responses on here and I have dealt with those posters with the same courtesy they have shown me.

Second, you're pointing out my "cold and scary" comment, but you've left off the fact that the poster I was referring to said he felt "humans" were irrelevant. Now, you're actually going to compare a human to a cat? Serious? Hmmm, I guess they let anyone in law school nowadays...

And yes, Navydoc was out of line. If you had any integrity you would have acknowledged that.

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