Life is good
Life is Good!!
Day 0–Cleaned, empty display
We took the mice out, and the display was cleaned, with new intact wiring installed inside.
Day 0–Stained from urine
Even though we cleaned the display, the wood was still stained with urine from its use at the Home Show.
Day 0 — This portion relatively clean
Although the left-hand side was pretty soiled, the middle (where insulation goes) and right hand (where food goes) portions were relatively clean after the display was cleaned.
Day 0 — The three mice waiting to go back in
Our three friends were ready and waiting to get out of their temporary box and back into the bigger display to play.
Day 0 — Brand new ‘insulation’ (cotton)
The mice were put back in, and immediately began shredding the new “insulation” – the clean cotton balls we put back in for their bedding.
Day 0 — Chewing on wood
Once back in the display, the mice were ready to chew again immediately.
March 1, 2010 Day 0 — Excited– food!!
They were also ready to chow down again immediately.
3 days in display–already, lots of feces
The mice quickly found they’re old “dumping” ground where they went to the bathroom during the Home Show. They were now already soiling it heavily again after only three days.
3 days in– lots of chewing on wires already!
Only three days in, the mice made quick work of this wire, exposing everything including the copper.
Day 3 — Another wire chewed on
This was another wire in a different part of the display–chewed on heavily next to the “insulation.”
Day 3 — A close-up of the chewed wire
A close-up reveals the damage the mice can do to wires.
Day 9 –they discovered more wires
A jump to day 9 reveals that they discover more wires–this time in a wall outlet that they have to work at to get on. Nevertheless, they find it and chew readuly. Imagine if these wires were actually “hot!”
Day 9– severe soiling
By Day 9, there’s a LOT of feces and urine caked on the wood. Imagine this in your wall! The display was starting to stink now.
Day 9–Begining to soil ‘insulation’
Day 9– further chewing on wires
By day 9, virtually all the parts of the wires the mice could reach had been chewed to the copper.
Day 9 — Eating then chewing, then eating
The mice would eat some food, then go back to chewing on the wires, then back to food again. They are simply gnawing machines.
Day 11 — Nasty soilage
The poop kept piling up….
Day 11 — Eating all the time.
With a readily available food source, the mice are in heaven, and just like is shown here, they’ll store food in a wall–as much as they can.
Day 11 — Strike a pose!
One of the mice posed for the camera (actually was just grooming itself). Mice will groom themselves a lot, in spite of being such huge mess makers.
Day 11 — Getting a drink!
In our display, the mice had a readily available water source. In the wild (or a building) mice can get plenty of water from food and require little water to survive.
Day 11 — A close-up of the chewing over wall outlet
This speaks for itself! Mice cannot be tolerated in structures. The fire danger is real.
Day 11–the ‘insulation’ is getting quite soiled
By day 11, the cotton balls cease to exist-they are now mats of feces, seed shells and grime. And the mice sleep in it. They will not hesitate to do the same thing to blown-in insulation in attics or bat insulation in walls.
Day 11 insulation very soiled
Day 13 — Climbing a wire
Mice are extremely agile, able to scale walls, climb wires, etc. They can readily move through walls via wire and pipe chases, or between floors in a building.
Day 13 — Going through hole in wall
This shows how they can move through a hole in the wall or stud.
Day 13 — Continuing through the hole in the wall
There it goes–into the next wall void.
Day 13 — Crawling across a wire
The wire is at most, a half-inch wide–but the mouse had no problem crawling on it to get to the other side. The ultimate in balancing manouevres. soon after this pic was taken, the mice were again removed from the dislay and given to an employee’s children as pets.