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Old 07-30-2020, 04:56 PM
 
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I went to my classroom today, and my closet smelled like mouse pee. . Sure enough, I found evidence of the little critters on a shelf. As I worked to clean up the mess, a mouse JUMPED OUT OF A BOX RIGHT TOWARD ME. I screamed every obscenity I know, all at once, I believe.

Mice always startle me, and I scream. They need to make themselves known.


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Yes, that is what I hated about teaching, the mice in the building. I always named them Elvis. I especially hated when one had the nerve to eat my soft pretzel I had left on my desk when I went to the restroom.
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Old 07-30-2020, 05:11 PM
 
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I will deny having one of these in my classroom. It isn’t hidden in the corner behind my super heavy bookcase that hasn’t been moved in years.
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Old 07-30-2020, 05:36 PM
 
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I think that's cause for a stress leave!
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And spiders....we used to get Sarasota (sp) spiders in our rooms. They are the size of a salad plate in reality. From my perspective, more dinner plate. It would be the only time I completely reverted to helpless female. Would fly across the hall to my male friend teacher and he would take it outside.


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Several years ago our school was overrun with them. The custodians "couldn't do much" because pesticide fumes might harm the students. (Probably what they said during the Middle Ages) Teachers found them in cabinets, on bookshelves, even in their purses. One afternoon a mouse crawled along a cord 20 minutes before dismissal. I couldn't bring the class back to any semblance of order. So I decided I would take care of my little domain. I set a snap trap before I left for the evening and almost every morning I came in my room to find a dead mouse. I nailed 5 mice over 8-9 days. They were travelling through the walls along where all the cables and wires were for teachers computers and phones. I always wore gloves and double bagged them carefully and put them in a bin outdoors.
I'm with you, I hate 'em!
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The mice in our building get into teacher desk drawers.

Roaches are a big problem too.
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I'd take mice over roaches any day of the week.

One obvious solution is to have a cat as a class pet!

Does anyone know if the ultrasonic pests deterrents work?
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Ew...I hate mice too. My DH does all the mouse duty at our house. I had one in my car years ago. That was nasty!
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We haven't had any for awhile. But now that they have free reign of the building for all these months they may be moving in
They used to regularly get themselves trapped in the sink in the teacher's lounge. And one day my partner teacher found a tub of dead babies in a cabinet


Keltimom, I would have to quit my job!!!!!!



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Oh I would have lost my mind. I probably would have run out the door and possibly not come back.

I heard rumors that the first school I was in had mice, but thankfully I never saw one. I'm currently in a new building and we have't had that issue that I know of. One teacher did keep pet rats but at least you knew they were locked in their cage!

My dad worked in a building that was overrun with them. They literally trained the kids to just not freak out and pick up their feet if they saw one. The teacher would put a bucket over it until class was over. I seriously would have left that school.
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Mice! Eeuuuwww!
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I don't know if I could return to a classroom if I knew there might be a mouse in it! I'd probably want to QUIT on the spot!

I have SUCH a phobia that even to read this thread is creeping me out!
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:35 PM
 
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I messaged our custodian, and she’s going to set a trap in my closet for me.

I agree that mice are better than roaches, and better than spiders, too.

We have had one snake in the building. Probably looking for the mice.
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Old 07-31-2020, 03:47 AM
 
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I am terrified of mice. Our building had a horrible problem last year, I was afraid to open my closet and any drawers.
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Old 07-31-2020, 04:22 AM
 
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I taught in a school we’re mice were part of the staff. Our custodian would hide sticky traps under books shelves. I would always get them stuck on my hand.
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:45 AM
 
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Ugh. I feel sorry for you having to deal with a mouse. Hope the mice get evicted soon.
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Old 07-31-2020, 02:05 PM
 
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Mice are the worst. When I do paperwork late in the day they will often come out from behind the washer/dryer in the closet and scurry over to behind the refrigerator. (I have the old home ec room.) And that's my cue to go home. It's always dicey when the babies leave the nest - they aren't afraid yet (according to the pest control guy) and don't wait to see if the coast is clear before exploring. I keep telling my P that a few weeks with my cat in the classroom would solve all of the problems, but no luck so far.

And yes, we are uber vigilant about cleaning up and how/where we store food. But my school was built in the 1920s and they're everywhere. So gross.
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Old 07-31-2020, 05:28 PM
 
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Maybe every teacher could adopt a cat and have it be the class pet
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