So yesterday morning my girlfriend and I found droppings on the floor and this morning I was woken up by screams after she found a little black mouse hanging out on our stove. We’ve stocked up on traps and we’re all set to due battle - but I have a question for the masses.
We live above a restaurant. The whole first floor of this building is a large diner-type place, and there are two levels of apartments above it. We’ve heard from another neighbor that she has a mice problem as well, so I can only imagine the entire building is suffering.
I’m wondering what my obligation is to the health department. I live in Chicago, and I know they’re pretty strict about mice. Should I call and tip them off that there could be a problem downstairs, or is it worth complaining about if I never actually saw a mouse in their exact premises.
What would you do?
(As far as disposing of the mouse, I have several traps that I’ll be baiting w/ peanut butter tonight, as well as a beer in a bucket homemade trap I heard good things about.)