There aren’t many things out in nature that legitimately scare me. I always try to keep in mind that all things in the environment, no matter how creepy, crawly, or eerie, exist for a reason and have a job to do. With the exception of the wolf spider that traveled way too quickly in my direction last summer, bugs and creepy crawlers don’t really make my hair stand on edge. But all of that reason, understanding of nature, and love for the environment fly right out the window when it comes to mice. I am absolutely petrified of them and always have been.
The last time a mouse breached our house was last fall. It was just beginning to get really cold outside and I was sitting on the couch one night, minding my own business, when two of our three cats ran through the house and laid next to their cat bed on the floor, meowing incessantly. Confused, I walked over to the bed and lifted it up only to have a small brown field mouse dart out from under it, run over my foot (eww, eww, eww!) and into the next room, the cats following its every move. I screamed so loud that my fiance was pretty sure I was being murdered and ran to my aid. He found me on our back porch, repeating ‘a mouse. There’s a mouse. A mouse in the house. You have to get the mouse.’ I refused to go back inside until he, with the help of our three cats, had tracked it down and brought it outside.
I completely lost it, I know. This year, our furry family has grown to a five-cat household. Go ahead, mice. Just try getting in here and surviving the winter, or a night, without being found out. I dare ya.
Orkin is gearing up for mouse season with their “Mouse in a House” choose-your-own-adventure game that puts players in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive the upcoming harsh winter season. You can try your hand at staying alive in the app below. How long will mouse-you last?
I survived right to the end. I hope the mice around our rural home aren’t so swift!
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Orkin Fleece Winter Blanket Giveaway
We want you to stay nice and warm this winter, so we’re giving one lucky reader an Orkin fleece winter blanket (4’x6′). Use it to snuggle up on the couch for a family movie night, or hide under it when a mouse breaks into your house and all you can do is hide. Share some of your own rodent horror stories for a chance to win!
This giveaway is open to US entrants ages 18+ and will end November 19 at 11:59pm ET.
This giveaway was made possible by Orkin and PartnersHub. No incentive was provided and opinions are my own.