at first i went to the rite aid on somerville avenue. i went with my mother, who happened to be on her way to do some grocery shopping. they had some poison and snap traps but no glue traps. i looked for them again at market basket. a lot of poison, but no glue traps either. i finally found them at target, a 6-pak of tomcat glue traps with eugenol ("a natural anesthetic"). it was only later that i discovered that a lot of stores have actually banned the sale of glue traps because they're considered inhumane. PETA actually advocates the use of snap traps, which are 100x more gross but at least death is usually instantaneous.
even when i returned home, i still wasn't sure if i wanted to put out any of the traps. after a quick check outside my house, i discovered a large open hole that lead directly to the basement. this was were the intake pipe used to be for an old oil heater (long since removed). usually the hole is plugged up with a crumpled ball of plastic bag (sophisticated, i know), but my upstairs neighbor must've seen it and pulled it out because it looked ugly. this must've happened about a month ago, because that's when i started noticing the mouse presence. naturally i plugged the hole back up with another wad of plastic bag, ghetto-style or not.
after a search of the house looking for possible food source, i found some more mouse droppings (tiny black footballs). a few on a windowsill, some in a box, another one on the stove, and a few one a stack of recently laundered bedsheets. that's when i decided to set the traps. maybe this was all the work of one very industrious mouse, but i couldn't take any chances.
the traps themselves looked different than what i remembered. i've seen glue traps in the past that were biege colored and smelly something like peanut butter. these were all black (stealthy) and smelled like cloves. the scent is from the eugenol, which may numb the trapped mouse but isn't anymore humane. after i vacuumed and swiffered the floors, i laid out the 6 traps. one along the kitchen wall beneath a metal shelf, one by the edge of island behind some chairs, one next to the stove, and one more between the fridge and sink. the other 2 i placed in the living room, near the darker edges of the wall.
so now i wait. as evening came and everything grew dark, i was afraid to go into the kitchen, afraid to find something furry on one of the traps. i really hope i don't catch anything, hope that maybe they all left this morning through that little hole in the wall because the realized there wasn't anything to eat. but i don't think i'm that lucky.
there's a lot more nasturtium flowers blooming. they're all yellow for some reason (i'm hoping to see some reds and oranges). they're also pretty fragrant, kind of smells like roses. my three surviving cypress vines are doing okay. two of them have started to form their real leaves, which resemble delicate fern fronds. now that spring is officially here, i have to decide when to start growing some transplant seedlings, things like tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers.