I'm clean. The entire city has had problems with mice in recent years. In fact, I was on of the few houses on my block that didn't have a mouse. Why? Probably because I had a cat. Even my neighbor had them, and they were surprised that I hadn't seen or heard anything. I don't live on a trashy street either. This has been a problem for everyone. It's the city. What do you expect? There's also been a lot of construction. I haven't seen a bug for more than a year, and in the rare instance that I did spot one, it was one of those Thousand Leggers. I've never seen a roach in over 20 years. Bottom line, if we were dirty, we'd have bugs galore. This has to simply be a city thing, and my no longer having a cat in the house.
My cat was put to sleep, not this past Tuesday, the Tuesday the week before. That same week, I had a cleaning woman come, which would have been last Saturday. Sunday is when I heard the mouse. She does a really good job, and I'm sure since we got rid of all the cats things, and she scrubbed everything away, the scent was gone, and no creature felt threatened.
Tonight is the first night I haven't heard a peep. I'm hoping it's dead. The exterminator put poison up on Wednesday. It's Friday, and now nothing. I still heard them Wednesday night, and Thursday, last night. I do believe it was just one mouse who was going up and down inside the wall from the first to the second floor. This critter could be heard in only two rooms, and the wall is connected from the first to the second. That's why I think it was the same mouse heard at different times in either one of the locations at night. We never heard them in two rooms at the same time, and it only sounded like one. It is a really unnerving sound. It just grossed me out, and I'm the last Mary to ever Mary. That's just not my style. I just don't like things walking above my head. It's creepy.
I read that if you hear it at night, it's most likely a house mouse. If you hear it earlier in the day, it could be a squirrel.
We put up additional poison on our own last night. If it's dead, it was either from the exterminator's stuff, or the stuff we put up into the ceilings ourselves.
At any rate, I'm looking into getting a new cat. Someone said that there's no bodega in NYC that doesn't have a cat. They're hired as staff.
This is my first experience with mice at home that I didn't get from a pet store. I can't imagine how people put up with getting mice in their homes as routine.