Earl stalked up to the fireplace. With slow, careful movements, he began pulling each object out and away from the wall.
There was no mouse.
I heaved a sigh of relief. "I'll put some traps in here," I said.
"Vermin!" Earl bellowed. He stomped into the laundry room and came charging out with a broom. "Where is he? Wait till I get my hands on him!"
"No, don't use that!" I begged. "I'll go online and find out what else I can do."
"Yes, do that!" he barked.
I plugged the PestChaser into the wall in between the garage, the basement, and the family room. I brought in the lone mousetrap from the garage and set up all four live-catch traps against the wall in the family room. Then I went online. I wondered if we had enough traps. Perhaps I could make one that might work even better than the ones we had bought.
I found a homemade trap online. It was Steve Smith's Humane Mousetrap. All I needed was a large, low-sided tray, a deep, rectangular metal can, a bamboo skewer, a toothpick, and adhesive tape.
"I found out how to make my own mousetrap," I called out to Earl on the way to the kitchen to create my trap.
"And did you find out about the health consequences of having vermin in the house?" he growled.
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