Getting Rid of the Mice, One Trap & One Prayer at a Time



Remember the mouse that I saw scurry through our living room? And how we were faced with the dilemma of dealing with the little critter? (Catch up on that story here if you need to.)

Well, this is the story of how we did that. One trap, one prayer at a time.

As I mentioned, the first thing we went about doing was shoring up the holes where we thought the mouse was getting in through. The closer we looked, the more we located more and more possibilities for the tiny creature. So we started the process of filling them in, closing them up in hopes that no more friends would join in the party.

But then we had to deal with the mouse (or mice) that were already here. After discussing our options, we decided we wanted to buy traps rather than poison because we wanted to know if we’d got the mice and keep them from dying somewhere in our house.

We placed them strategically, with a dab of cashew butter as bait. After the first night, we went and checked them. The mouse had managed to nibble the butter off without setting off the trap. This guy was craftier than we’d expected!

So we re-set the trap and put the bait further along the back, so that they had to climb in further. We caught one that night. I was so thrilled but wondered if there might be more? My fears were concluded the following evening when I was putting away groceries and as I placed a bottle of olive oil in a cupboard, a mouse jumped out and ran behind the stove.

Of course, I screamed bloody murder and my husband came running, thinking I’d cut myself on a knife or something. Oh, no. Just a flying, daredevil mouse, that’s all.

So we reset the traps again, realizing that this was not a one-mouse ordeal as we’d first hoped. Over the course of five nights, we caught five mice.

The entire time, I kept praying that there would be no more. That the Lord would keep them away so that we didn’t have to keep catching and killing them. And yet, then we’d catch another.

Finally, on Saturday night of that week, after catching the fifth mouse, I was desperate. I stood in our kitchen and was reminded of the place in Matthew where Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

These mice were much smaller than any mountain. If my faith could move a mountain, surely it could move a handful of mice. And so I took that command to heart and, out loud, told the mice to leave this house, in the name of Jesus Christ.

The next morning, my husband and I went to church. One of the things that I fell in love with when we first started checking out this church was that they take prayer requests during the service and pass around prayer-request binders that the leaders pray over and that get emailed out to all the members. Prayer is not something underestimated, here.

In the binder, my husband wrote down our paltry prayer request: That there would be no more mice in our house. It was not asking for healing or salvation or any other prayer request that deserves to be answered. But yet, our prayers need not be big for the Lord to care about them and take them seriously. The only requirement of our prayers? That we ask.

So we did.

And you should not be surprised to find out that we have not caught a single mouse since. Not a single one. No sightings of any other ones, either. The cashew butter is fresh on the traps, waiting just in case. And it’s been that way ever since.

Because even though God cares about all the big things in our lives, he also cares about the littlest. Like a tiny, brown mouse who popped in for a visit.

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14 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you managed to get rid of them...how terrifying! We had a mice problem at home so we bought cats- problem solved. I still check very carefully when I go into the garage...

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  2. Thanks, Louise! It has been so refreshing to not have to worry about them every time I go into the kitchen. Especially after having one jump out from a cabinet, I was scared for days afterward everytime I opened it! We are extremely grateful to the Lord for taking on the title of exterminator as well as King of Kings and Prince of Peace! :)

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  3. What a hair raising experience! I would probably have the same reaction if a mouse jumped out of a cabinet at home. Praise God for being faithful not only in the big things but also the small things. Have a great weekend!

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  4. We had a few mice that came into the 5th wheel last fall that our cat and dog were chasing. They would get the little guys cornered and I would throw them out the door (the mice not the cat and dog! LOL)

    I got some Black & Decker sonic mouse deterrents and they really seem to work! I was surprised because it seemed to drive the others out and no more have tried to come in this year. yay!

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  5. Thanks so much, Urban Wife! Hair-raising is a good description indeed :)

    Labbie1, I read a little about the sonic deterrent but couldn't believe it actually worked. That's awesome that it did. Hopefully we won't have to invest in that in the future, but if so, at least I know it's a worthwhile option!

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  6. I love this story! Such a great reminder that God cares about every detail of our lives! And a reminder of the power of prayer and faith! Glory to God! I'm glad there are no more mice! Whew!

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  7. Exactly! It is so good for me to have these kind of reminders sprinkled throughout in my own life; such encouraging memories to look back on!

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  8. I loved reading this post! Once again, very encouraging.

    I love how big and how small God is; big enough to speak our universe into being and small enough to fill a single heart.

    I always thought felt silly praying for "little" things, but I'm not starting to realize that praying about those little things gives us faith for the "mountains" =)

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  9. As a pastor who gets to read and pray for those "folder requests" at our own church, I love when "real life" requests come in. May your house continue to be mouse-free. Unless of course, they sing and sew dresses. :)

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  10. Jackie, what you said is so true! I think of the verse where Jesus tells us that those who are faithful with little will be faithful with much. I believe that's the case when it comes to prayer; are we willing to pray for and reveal our dependence on God for the "little" things?

    differentparent, I feel like I'm the same way with prayer requests. I know some people think it's "selfish" to ask for prayer for those kinds of things but I don't think so at all! And I don't know... Even if they sewed me a whole wardrobe, I still might ask them to leave ;)

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  11. A unique blog post about mice control! Read many post related to pest control and this is the first time, prayer was cited as an effective strategy for this problem! =) It is surely a unique and humane way to handle unwanted guest in our homes.

    Note: Just make sure though to seal possible mice passageways inside the house and clean or clear out possible food sources and shelter for the mice to prevent future infestation

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  12. I just loved this line: "told the mice to leave this house, in the name of Jesus Christ." He is a great God, and how wonderful for us to call him our Father who really cares about us!

    Also, that prayer binder at church sounds like such a fantastic idea!

    (I'm catching up on my google reader thanks to a move. Sorry for the barrage of comments... haha)

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  13. Well I love all the comments, Brittany! I hope the move went smoothly!

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  14. Dear Jesus, please let all mice in my home leave in Your name, all mice in this home and building. As they left this bloggers home, let them leave my home, my faith is in You whose voice the animals and all creation hears, Lord let me never see or hear a mouse or other pests in my home. In Jesus name i pray and believe. Amen

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