Capturing the hamster

My two youngest kids begged to have a mouse as a pet.  I was of course skeptical at the idea of bringing a rodent into our home.  I made the oldest of the two promise they would be careful about keeping the cage scrubbed and never allowing the mouse out of his cage.  In less than three weeks after they got their new pet, the mouse escaped. Despite all my warnings, the children had it out of the cage, playing with it when it ran off.  When the happy mouse scampered off, they couldn’t keep up and lost it right away. All of the children searched the entire house, and eventually heard the scurry of its paws inside the walls.  It was now obvious that the mouse had gotten inside the HVAC duct. We decided to bait traps just outside the vents, hoping to lure the mouse out with treats . Since this was the end of September and the outside temperature was turning cold, we were in a bit of a hurry.  I wanted to start up the furnace, as well as I didn’t want the hamster shedding and defecating inside the HVAC duct. I finally contacted a local Heating and Air Conditioning business because I didn’t dare turn on the heat and traumatize the children with the smell of baking hamster,.  The HVAC service technician was not all that surprised by our problem. Apparently, hamsters, mice and other pets inside the duct system is a fairly familiar issue for many families. The Heating and Air Conditioning consultant was able to seal off the vents to create a single access point.  Although it took all afternoon, a lot of effort, and patience, the HVAC professional was finally able to capture the frightened mouse. Once I had the mouse safely back in his cage, the Heating and Air Conditioning professional further cleaned the entire duct system and performed the required maintenance.  

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