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post #21 of 67
yeah lots of things jump, but besides hoping its something alive then umm..id say probably bunny, mouse or squirrel.

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Maybe it was one of these
my 4yo gasped and said "hey thats monster kitty? why does it have weird lemonade sticky eyeballs?"
post #22 of 67
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my 4yo gasped and said "hey thats monster kitty? why does it have weird lemonade sticky eyeballs?"
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post #23 of 67
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get a humane trap and get it out of there. it's the only way to know for sure, and you *do* need it out of there.
OP here, and I've done the opposite of this advice.
I've chosen to live in denial until the zombie/possum/mouse/rat (please no!)/mutant zombie either goes away or becomes an infestation I can no longer ignore. Oh the horror!!!

We live in a residential/urban part of a city. There are raccoons and squirrels and skunks and rats, and I did see a frog this week, which was weird.
I am not equipped to deal with this! I wonder if it isn't because of the weather; it warmed up, but it's back to around freezing now.

I guess I will go down and look for droppings later.... YIKES! I need my hearty grandmother who is afraid of nothing.
post #24 of 67
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There are raccoons and squirrels and skunks and rats,
Where do you live? If it is a wood rat (pack rat) you can NOT ignore it!!!

This is not a Norwegian rat, but a native rodent.

Wood rats will chew through just about anything. They make huge nests and have certain areas where they urinate and defecate (it can build-up to a huge amount). They like to chew insulation and electrical wiring.

Our neighbor down the road had a house fire because of a wood rat chewing on the eletrical wiring under the house.

If this IS what you've got, you need to act ASAP. Same goes for squirrels, raccoons and skunks.

If it is just a mouse, trap it. I am not a "let's-all-share-our-home-together" when it comes to rodents in our house. We live in the country and a mouse will find its way in. We help it find its way out. Via a snap trap. Works quite well............

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....becomes an infestation I can no longer ignore
By the time THIS happens, you will be looking at spending a LOT of money to deal with a problem you could have nipped in the bud earlier.

Good grief, it isn't a grizzly bear or rabid dog! It won't attack you. Deal with it and finish it!
post #25 of 67
The idea of a "zombie mouse" scares the heck out of me.
post #26 of 67
mice jump
post #27 of 67
I think it's a rat. Better to figure it out sooner than later!

(I hope for your sake it's not the zombie kitty. That thing is creeeeepy!)
post #28 of 67
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Originally Posted by daisymama12 View Post
I've chosen to live in denial until the zombie/possum/mouse/rat (please no!)/mutant zombie either goes away or becomes an infestation I can no longer ignore. Oh the horror!!!
it won't go away, why would it?

even if it's just a mouse, what it will do is work its way into your house, not just your basement. perhaps walking across your kitchen counter, picking through your trash, even burrowing into your child's bed. biting someone? spreading rabies?

your choice.

personally, i would totally make my husband take care of this. why on earth is he not doing this himself?? most men are more than eager to hunt down a critter in order to protect their homes and families.
post #29 of 67
The Easter Bunny? Catch it and hold it hostage for extra Peeps.
post #30 of 67
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The Easter Bunny? Catch it and hold it hostage for extra Peeps.


I'm dying over here. I'd be dropping some kind of bomb down the stairs and making a run for it...
post #31 of 67
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The Easter Bunny? Catch it and hold it hostage for extra Peeps.
Aw you ruined my fun.LOL

I read this whole thread with the intention of posting that. Oh well. Guess great minds really do think alike!
post #32 of 67
Yeah whatever it is likes your nice warm, comfy house . . . maybe it's even found food and a safe place to have it's babies (it IS spring time) it's not just gonna leave unless you make the house much less comfortable. I always try to encourage the mice to visit my neighbors house instead of mine.

Humane traps are kinda pricey, sometimes you can rent/borrow them from the humane society.

You really need to catch and either kill or release this critter (I would kill a rat, but release a rabbit so it's up to you on that one)
THEN figure out how it came in and patch all the holes so no more come in!!
post #33 of 67
A toad, kangaroo rat, or rabbit!
post #34 of 67
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personally, i would totally make my husband take care of this. why on earth is he not doing this himself?? most men are more than eager to hunt down a critter in order to protect their homes and families.

Because he's as much of a wimp as I am!

We will deal with it (hello yellow pages!) but avoidance has worked for me before, believe it or not.
I saw a mouse on 2 occasions in my old apartment, and didn't see it again. We stayed for at least a year after the sightings.
But yes, yes we will go down and face the bouncy little zombie rat.
post #35 of 67
My guess is a squirrel...is there a prize for guessing right? Just bragging rights, maybe?!?

If it is a squirrel, I'd advise not ignoring it...they can burrow into all kinds of small places, and make a real mess of things. A squirrel once clogged my parents dryer vent with acorns....then filled the entire front end of the neighbours old pickup truck with them too.

Is there an exterminator you can call for a consultation? If you're too freaked out (and don't feel bad - most people would be!) to check it out, maybe you can hire one to scope things out. I'd do it quick - last thing you need is something burrowing into your walls and dying!!
post #36 of 67
My mom found flying squirrel babies in our attic in Iowa once. We had mink under the house in Alaska, though..
post #37 of 67
You know...it could be a cute little kitten, lost from it's mama and needing a family to love forever??? Have any of you considered THAT option?? HMMMM??!?!?!

Just a thought. A happy peaceful thought that avoids topics like rats, squirrels, jumping mice, toads, and other beasties that don't belong in basements.
post #38 of 67
I'm guessing squirrel. Or it could be Voldemort. Do you have any Unicorns as pets?
post #39 of 67
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I'm guessing squirrel. Or it could be Voldemort. Do you have any Unicorns as pets?
Voldemort. I'd just go ahead and move if that was the case.
post #40 of 67
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Tiny mouse zombie?
laughup
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