UPDATE: (2/13/14) I am pleased to report that I never saw Mickey. Not in a trap. Not scurrying around. Not eating out of my trash. I am hoping this issue has been resolved by the patchwork they did.
Lucky Duck catches mice.
The unthinkable happened. Ok, I exaggerate – I do live in New York City, so I shouldn’t be too shocked. Nevertheless, I was completely traumatized when I woke up, walked into my kitchen to make coffee, and saw that a critter scratched the hell out of my garbage bag. Hashtag EEK!
How it happended
#myfavorite person in New York City came over to my place to personally make me his signature dish – Spaghetti Bolognese! He rolled fresh pasta for me with a rolling pin and made me the sauce from scratch.
My piece was to chop the carrot and celery for the sauce in advance, and I chopped too much. After a while, the extras dried out in my fridge so I dumped them in the wastebasket and went to bed.
An odd dream predicts the events
Later that night, I had an extremely timely dream. In the dream, I was laying in my bed, and I saw something odd on my wall. As I investigated, I realized that it was a hole, and someone was LIVING in my wall! When I called my apartment management company, they were unsympathetic and told me that this happens in New York City, and to get used to it. I woke up in a sweat, went to my kitchen to make coffee, and I saw the Mickey issue first hand in my garbage can! I felt sick.
Dealing with the problem
Obviously, I was shocked and traumatized. I called my building’s management company, and they did not tell me “tough luck.” They were very sympathetic and showed up with two contractors who patched two holes and laid glue boards around the borders of my walls.
What are glue boards?
So, glue boards are designed to catch the mice as they run along the perimeter of your apartment. I was asking my seasoned New York friends about this, and overall, they think that there is a 2% chance that I will actually catch a mouse. They think that after Mickey feasted, he went back through the wall, and now that I’m patched, I’m good. Time will tell.
But let’s say, for kicks and giggles, that Mickey is still hanging around Club Shannon…. I have to pick the glue board up, mouse stuck to it, put it in a garbage bag, and throw it out in the trash!
I’m horrified. If I have to do that, I’ll die.
Please cross your fingers. I don’t want to have to do that. However, if I do, I have to admit that it will be a solid NYC rite of passage. And hey, you know the saying… if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!
Oh… and I should add that #myfavorite’s Spaghetti Bolognese was awesome, and I still have two large sauces in the freezer. I’ll probably head out to the Italian grocery store in Chelsea Market this weekend to get some yummy noodles for it. Of course they won’t compare to the fresh hand-roll pappardelle, but it’s little more authentic than Barilla.
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