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Mice and the dish drying rack?

fldhkybnva | Dec 4, 2012 07:13 PM

I have an annoying history of mice in my 19th century townhouse. It seems that they were eradicated with a few snap traps and foam around all of the pipes behind the stove. However, since Thanksgiving they have returned. They have usually been in the kitchen, however tonight I arrived home to find a little mouse curled up in a ball on a tshirt on the arm of the couch right near the front door taking a little cat nap (bad joke). I was able to trap him and release outside, but now that I've officially seen them outside of the kitchen they need to go! Most days I wash and dry dishes on the drying rack, and usually only use the dishwasher on the weekends when we tend to cook more and load it up. Of course all the dishes placed on to the drying rack are presumably clean but I imagine the little buggers can smell even a minimal food-related scent. I have yet to see any droppings under the rack, but last time I had to deal with the rodents most of the droppings seemed to accumulate underneath the rack. I have a dishwasher but as there is only two of us I don't and don't really want to run it everyday. I thought perhaps I should get rid of it in case the water run off is helping to attract the critters, but then I would have to hand dry all of the dishes which while we don't usually have enough in a day for a full load of the dishwasher, the number of dishes at a single meal is many more than I'd like to hand dry. Has anyone found that the drying rack was an attractant? If not, I'll stick with my arsenal of traps and see if that gets them.

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