It's amazing how much destruction a mouse or rat can do. Since we have an indoor/outdoor cat we haven't had the problems in the house, but our local rats love peanuts and try to eat the ones DH raises before he can get them dug. He tried trapping them this year (can't use poison because of the cat) and got somewhere between 25 and 30 of them! Of course we do live in the country with acres of open fields behind us. I'm glad you had some things in plastic tubs Turtleowl - and I'm glad you were able to cook Christmas dinner in your new and improved kitchen.