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Raising Prescott: A creature was stirring in the house

The list of “husbandly duties” became a bit longer recently as my wife, in a panic, called to alert me at work she had found the suspected rodent in our house.

Our first mouse.

It’s a landmark event, really. We’ve been together a decade, yet have never dealt with a house mouse. Surprising, isn’t it? Especially considering all the time we’ve lived in northern Arizona.

Maybe we should have taken a selfie! OK, maybe that’s a bad idea, but our generation does that sort of thing, an appropriate response to the occasion.

Earlier that morning, before the phone call to my work, my wife brought to my attention a few items of food in the pantry that appeared to have small holes chewed in them.

A bag of rice wasn’t ripped, but chew marks created a small entryway, enough for a little mouse to stick its dirty little head in for a late-night snack.

My wife investigated further, finding small droppings near the bottom shelf of the pantry. The conclusion? We had a mouse. Hopefully not multiple.

“I want to go get traps, T-O-D-A-Y,” she demanded.

“No problem, sweetie,” I responded.

Of course it wasn’t long before I got the call. Little mice like peanut butter and cheese. They can’t resist.

SNAP!

Problem solved.

OK, the “SNAP” is a bit dramatic since I wasn’t even there. But my son described it to me and, well, it’s not like I haven’t set a mouse trap before in my life. 

The “husbandly duty” part came afterward. My wife was very clear that not even with a broom and a dustpan would she touch that mouse. It was my job to make sure it was disposed of.

Of course, I took my job way too lightly, poking fun at her terror of something that is 4 inches long, has cute little hairy ears and just wanted some peanut butter. 

Not to mention it was already dead!

Either way, after I arrived home from work, I quickly rid our house of the mouse. In the following days, no other traps have forced a mid-evening phone call to my work from my wife, so I think we’re in the clear.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email him at bbergner@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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