When the Pitter-Patter of Little Feet is NOT a Welcome Sound!

Real Estate Agent with Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate 0396717

assorted mouse trapsWake Up...I feel something jabbing my ribs and the words...WAKE UP, whispered loudly. Wait, what? My wife whispers louder and tells me she hears "something" downstairs! I groggily get out of bed and as she motions for me to "get a move on", I listen and realize she is right, something IS moving around downstairs. I nod and whisper, "I hope I did not leave the sliding doors ajar". Slowly leaving the bedroom, I say, "Maybe I should take a stick or something" to which my wife replies, "Whatever...you need to, "Man Up"and get down there and take care of the intruder in my kitchen!" Now, I have to tell you, a challenge like that is pretty harsh especially coming from a West Texas girl. Rolling my eyes (luckily this was in the dark) I tell her that it's probably some animal from the valley behind our home but I don't want to startle a raccoon with nothing but a look of concern on my face.

Taking a broom from the upstairs closet, I make my way downstairs and warily approach the kitchen noting that the sliding doors to the deck are secured. Standing at the entrance to the kitchen, I hear the sound of cook ware moving about in a corner cabinet. I ease the door open and shove the broom handle into the space wildly flailing it within the cabinet and hear some tiny feet scurrying away. I shout upstairs that "the coast is clear and it was just a mouse". To which my wife replies, "A mouse? Well, kill it, I do NOT want any critters wandering about our home." Yeah, she actually said, "critters". As I return to bed my wife tells me to call Lawrence Benford, our friend who owns and operates Blue Light Exterminators a local pest control business that has been servicing many of my clients throughout Austin for years!

Lawrence BenfordWe have lived on a beautiful valley in our Lost Creek Neighborhood since 1992 and have seen a veritable Noah's Ark of "critters" making their way across our back yard but we have NEVER had a mouse! The following day (ignoring my wife's suggestion) I purchased an assortment of mouse traps from a big box store and set them around the house with all the confidence guaranteed on the packages of each trap. Two days later we hear the sound of scurrying feet in the ceiling and I realize (as my wife is adamantly pointing it out) that the guaranteed traps are NOT working. So...back to the store for several more including a particularly promising one that is supposed to "shock" the rodents.

Arriving from my second trip to the store, I happily spread the new traps about thinking that the pestilence in our home would soon be coming to an end.That very evening my son motions to me that he hears a noise in the pantry. I grab a broom and tell him to open the door and as he does a tiny field mouse rushes out causing my son (the rough & tumble football running back, Rugby Player) to leap in the air and let out a cry of distress. Swinging wildly I miss and the critter escapes beneath the stove and to parts unknown. We both look at each other incredulously and I immediately start in on him for his reaction! At that point my wife walks in and announces that we are "not much help when it comes to defending our home from unwanted intruders". As we stare at her open mouthed, she walks to the phone and calls Lawrence Benford  while laughingly deriding our skills as hunters and protectors of the cave =0

Okay, you know where this is going. Lawrence showed up promptly and as we walked around the house announced to me that with the colder weather we have had this year it has been quite common for assorted rodents to try and "move in" to more comfortable and well stocked quarters.Austin is evidently going through something of an invasion of sorts at every type of property from mansions to condos to commercial spaces feeling the onslaught of the aggressive rodents! As we walked around our home, Lawrence pointed out some tiny worn spots in the little bit of siding we have on the back of our home that was an avenue where a mouse could gain entry. After scouting the area he filled any spots that could be used and set out some traps of his own. Long story short, mice gone and have not returned and all at a cost LESS than the amount of money I spent on all those traps!. So, if you have any sort of "pest" problems,I highly recommend calling  Blue Light Exterminators. If you are not in the Austin area, call a LOCAL pest control business and stay with a company in your town!


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Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
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As a single Mom, I've had to kill all of the "Critters".  My favorite story was my oldest daughter, 16 at the time, calling me on my cellphone, screaming hysterically!

While rafting in the pool on a hot summer day, seems a creature got entangled in her 10,000 pounds of curly hair.

While she was sitting on the patio, talking on the phone to a friend, she was futzing with her hair twirling it around her fingers, when to her dismay and utter SHOCK, she pulled out a garden snake!

Just a little one that had come through the skim line.

She called me screaming that we had to move IMMEDIATELY and she could not live in this house anymore.

I still can't stop laughing every time I tell the story!  Snakes don't bother me....I just get a shovel and slice them if they aren't too big.  I don't like getting rid of creatures, but someone has to do it.  Wish I had a Lawrence Benford.  Joy

Feb 17, 2010 11:04 PM #138
Phineaus Poe

Maybe you should just have gottensome traps and a mouse chili recipe for a delicious win.

Feb 18, 2010 03:50 AM #139
merriet lewis

Wow!  Margaret must have super-sensitive hearing!  Or that little critter was making an awfully big racket - which I know they can.

Once at Brownwood in the 1950s, we were there as kids when the dog started barking madly.  (Remember Happy?)  Turns out a raccoon - not a mouse - had actually made it to the attic space while we were sleeping.  It got in through the opening in the kitchen where the old wood stove pipe vented to to the outside through the stone wall.  (That's why there's a tin plate over that hole now.)

After lots of yelling and screaming by everyone, Daddy finally herded the raccoon out the back door with a broom.  It was a memorable adventure in the middle of the night.  Too bad we didn't take pictures.


Feb 18, 2010 04:23 AM #140
Allysoun Musslewhite
AvenueOne Properties, Inc. - Austin, TX

Russell  Russell  Russell   This was even more hilarious than the last post! You are on a roll my friend and I am just glad you did not reveal another place where Lawrence came to the rescue! Too funny!

Feb 18, 2010 07:28 AM #141
Sarah Pearce
eXp Realty LLC - Wiscasset, ME

I have 2 critter chasing dogs anyone can borrow. But I get it, here in Maine the field mice and squerrels run up our outside walls trying to get in.

They do make those plug in electronic signal senders that do work. I use them all winter, keeps the rodents from running up the walls as much.

Feb 18, 2010 01:13 PM #142

Russell, you can take a few mice and turn it into an adventure and a pretty damn funny one at that! I am glad you finally listened to your wife. You got lucky my freind she has looks and brains!

Feb 19, 2010 02:44 AM #143
Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

Russell,  Not even a fly survives in my house with THREE main coons just waiting for something to play with. But your blog was enjoyable to read. Especially giving props to Lawrence. Will your son be alright?

Feb 19, 2010 04:48 AM #144
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

You're a great storyteller, Russell. Thanks for making me laugh as I watched you through your descriptions. Smart wife you have!

Feb 21, 2010 05:36 AM #145
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Our little mouse friends have collapsible rib cages, so they can get through very tiny holes. Make sure your attic vent screens at your soffits, gables, static, and turbine vents are secure and undamaged, too.

Feb 23, 2010 08:12 PM #146
Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux
Keller Williams Suburban Realty - West Orange, NJ
Where Buying & Selling Works

My husband becomes a wuss whenever he sees those little things. It's only happened a couple of times and to see a grown man ... is just funny.

Feb 24, 2010 09:04 AM #147
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

Funny story Russell.  Here in Florida the sound of scurrying feet will most likely be a cockroach, so be thankful that you have mice instead.

Feb 24, 2010 09:24 AM #148
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Dang, Russell!

One little mouse, and 146 comments!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Feb 25, 2010 04:11 AM #149
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OKAY, I'm ready for my Russell post fix!!  Tired of that little mouse!


Feb 25, 2010 04:13 PM #150
Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

See Russell this what you get for being the most popular boy on the boards....an endless stream of comments! You and your wife have relaxing weekend if you can :)

Feb 26, 2010 08:07 AM #151
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Since we got 2 Jack Russell Terriers, those pesky little rats and mice don't stand a chance around here... or the geckos and lizards, or the grasshoppers, or the cat. JK - the cat gets along by living "above ground level" for the most part.

Mar 02, 2010 06:48 AM #152
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

All I can say is I'm glad none of those poor mice got caught in a trap.  And I hope they didn't suffer.  Not that I'm a lover of mice you understand.

Mar 02, 2010 12:02 PM #153
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

No phone call...no new posts...you MUST be a busy guy!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday...

Mar 02, 2010 01:53 PM #154
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

Wowsers . . . I was reading your post thinking it was a nice little story . . . only to discover 154 comments! That's some mouse! We find peanut butter works well in the traps.

Mar 03, 2010 02:00 PM #155
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I've gotten that nudge before and it is never when you just get in bed or are about to get into bed. It always seems to be when you are having one of your better dreams.

Mar 23, 2010 06:31 AM #156
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com

Can you fed-ex me Lawrence so we can get rid of the rats?  I think they are living in one of my neighbors yards but I am getting ready to happily pay for them to get "taken care of".

Sep 09, 2010 10:48 AM #157
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