Everything is really much better around here.
It's amazing what a few meltdowns, a new tire, a really good mama (mine), plenty of pancakes, a few phone calls with sweet, good friends, and the waning of a full moon can do for a girl. Oh, and brownies. Your suggestions were all so fabulous, all that pest control advice. Here's our action plan so far: glue traps, especially under the couch where all the mouse action seems to be happening (maybe it's like a resort, in their mind?) and the poisonous pellets have been placed in strategic areas outside. It made Beaux really nervous to have anything poisonous inside the home. I also had the brilliant idea of ramping up the glue traps with peanut butter. You should have seen me, cackling, as I administered dollops of peanut butter to each trap, like some wicked witch. Just a little while ago, I heard the unmistakable sound of a mouse screaming (it's so sad! but I have hardened my heart against you, little mouse!) and it seems that it is stuck under the dryer. Beaux is hanging out with friends tonight, and though we had the whole "what to do if a mouse is caught" talk, I think I will leave this one for him.
As for the ants, I did use Jill's dish soap idea, simply because it was easy and I didn't have to go to the store for anything. I wiped down the walls of the pantry and also drizzled it outside. Today we bought two different kinds of ant bombs, but I haven't seen any since I tried the dish soap trick. Let us hope they will find another pantry to party in, thank you very much.