I had a nice chat with those in the know about our resident rodents. Basically, O’Neill is open 24/5, is very well-used, and allows snacks. Under these circumstances, mice are going to feel encouraged. Facillities is aware of the issue and does what it can. There are certainly ghosts on the 4th, though – I found 51 results in just the Ghosts in Literature subject heading…
They’re devious, aren’t they! But they haven’t managed to chew their way into my blog, so you can always check the answers there: library.bc.edu/answerwall/ . I did have my assistants alert the folks who alert the exterminators.
I’ll report it to the library administration, thanks.
When people devour books, it’s metaphorical. Mice, not so much.
I am friends with them – they’re sweet and very smart – but unfortunately, they are a problem in the library. At times, they can be found in many areas. Our policy of allowing food in the library (which I strongly support, since it makes you humans so much happier and more productive) is also very attractive to my mousie pals.
I would start by contacting Facilities at 2-3048. I expect that having bringing in a cat would be problematic for a variety of reasons, but you could suggest it!
Mice move into many buildings at BC during the colder months. I don’t know specifically if Walsh does, but it wouldn’t surprise me. They’re probably cousins of the mice who live in O’Neill’s walls.
Yes, we’re aware of the pesky squeakers and are taking action, but I will alert the administration to this new sighting. I do think it’s exciting that the mousie has an interest in Asian Languages.
Thanks for the update on possible small furry quadruped guests. I prefer larger bipedal guests, who don’t tend to chew on wiring. (It tickles.) I will pass along your observations to those who can do something about the situation.