We live in a three-story semi in downtown Toronto. Our guest suite is the two rooms on the third floor. We don’t have a mouse problem, but our neighbour does & it drives her mental. We think she’s too uptight about it, but she occasionally goes on the warpath and tries to get rid of them.
Given that we don’t normally have any, she can’t really have more than one or two and she’s generally cleaner than us. It’s still odd that we have none at all. We did have cats for a long time, but the last one died three years ago. She hates cats, and raccoons too. She had a raccoon problem and we don’t - go figure.
We normally never see a mouse at all except when she goes on the warpath & they flee over here until she calms down. But she’s out of town on vacation right now.
So imagine our surprise when one of our guests saw a mouse briefly. We had to be seen to be doing something, so we borrowed our son’s cat even though the mouse disappeared when it first saw the guest.
I was astounded to hear from my wife that the guest who’d seen the mouse abandoned the room and had moved into the smaller room which her friend was sleeping in. It’s a small room and all of the amenities are in the bigger room. It’s crazy, but I figure we just have to refund their next three night’s here until they leave. I really thought that guest was sensible and level-headed (they’ve been here a week), so frankly, I’m pissed off. If we had a mouse problem, we’d have done something about it, but it’s never happened before in over a year of hosting. We try really hard to make our place as nice as possible, and just dropped three grand on some renos that were necessary, but only somewhat urgent because they were in non-guest parts of the house that were visible to guests. A mouse problem like that is unsolvable, short of having a cat full time, which I don’t want to do.
So, no real question here, just pissed off at the unfairness of the situation and I needed to vent a bit.