So - Not only do we have a mouse problem, we just found out that we have a rat problem. This is what happens when you move to a house in the middle of the woods. We're here not even two months and are finding holes outside next to the base of the house... and a hole IN the outside wall....and hearing critters IN the walls in the night time. My boyfriend patched up the outside hole, but who knows what we're not seeing. Our landlord bought a have a hart trap this afternoon and caught this one: The green thing is my canoe, and I think it would be smart if we put it up on saw horses so that critters don't think it's a comfy place to live. But I'm going to need to take drastic measures. I was thinking of getting several of the large snap traps and setting them up in cardboard boxes with a small enough hole cut in the box for a rat, but making it small enough that the neighbors' cat can't touch them. I don't want to use poison because I'd be afraid of it getting to my chickens. We have been monitoring the amount we feed the chickens so that there isn't any waste in the evening. We also adopted two kittens about a month ago that will live inside during this lovely NY mountain winter, but will go outside as soon as the weather is warmer. I wish a whole colony of feral cats lived next door. We found out we had rats when my bf was loading his truck up with our trash to take to the dump. We keep our trash in cans with locking lids, but somehow had two rats get inside one of the bags. He saw them as he put the bag into his truck - and the rats stayed in the truck until the end of the driveway, where they jumped out. ::sigh:: This wasn't good news. I'm also thinking of doing the can covered in peanut butter on a string over a bucket - probably a plastic trash can.