So apparently mice will eat cough drops.
I know this because I opened my desk drawer last week after returning from our Christmas break and discovered about a dozen cough drop wrappers in a slightly shredded state, not one cough drop, and a quantity of mouse droppings to round out the surprise.
Oh freaking great.
My aide, after going through her desk, informed me that they will also nibble on Splenda packets, chew on straws, and tear apart tea bags.
We have no food - nothing - anywhere in the room with the exception of the refrigerator. Everything is in there - Jolly Ranchers, tea bags, Keurig cups - because who knows what the Little Bastards will chew on next. The drawback is that kids eat breakfast and lunch in there so the crumbs may be an attraction, although I've threatened severe bodily harm to any kid who so much as drops a raisin on the floor. Meanwhile the kids are all on the hunt, hoping they'll spy one of the Little Bastards. Why this is important, I have no idea, but it apparently is. I'd rather they were on the hunt to find them and eliminate them from Our Happy Little Portable.
The Problem, says Head Custodian, isn't food, but the fact that it's now cold outside and the Little Bastards have figured out that it's warmer in Our Happy Little Portable. Even though I drop the temperature down to 60 every afternoon before I leave, it's still significantly warmer than Outside. (It was 13 this morning.)
So, Head Custodian is going to get traps, which bothers me because I'm the first one in the room in the morning and I don't want to deal with a dead or dying rodent. Then again, I'm not happy about cleaning up mouse droppings from our counters and desks either.
Really, I need to bring my cats to work. They'd solve the problem, sit on my lap, and purr. That's much more pleasant.