Today we have the exciting conclusion of our pesky rodent pests, in which we figure out what the heck is going on and make a plan to stop these guys from taking over our home (at least the parts the dogs can’t get to). We hope this information helps if you run into this kind of thing on a renovation.
Why All of a Sudden?
At this point, Lee and I know we’re going to have to put on our renovator hats and figure out how to stop the rodent insanity. But first, we needed to determine the cause. We’ve been in that house over two years and not had a problem before, even though we are surrounded by pastures that we happen to know are chock full of these guys.
In the past week the pasture next to our house was mowed to be hay. They mowed it much shorter than Lee usually shreds it, which means much destruction of field mouse habitat. The extremely happy raptors that followed the hay mower didn’t get all of them. We figure a lot of them fled to our garage and house, and then realized there was not much to eat in either place.
The hay is now baled and the grass growing again, so it’s our hope that these pesky pests are a temporary problem.
What to Do?
We have to be very careful putting out poison, due to all the animals around here that we do NOT want to poison. And we also don’t want to poison our predator pals.
Lee went to get traps, and thought he’d gotten the wrong kind. They seemed so big!
He didn’t realize that there are these lovely new ones that don’t hurt or poison dogs, but they will immobilize the little dudes so you can dispose of them (the #3 type in the article linked). I like this kind way better than the snapping traps or poison. They have been deployed, and additional ones are being procured.
We will win this one, folks! And next time we’ll be ready.
Why Get Rid of These Pesky Pests?
I said the field mice were cute. They are, too. The rats, not so cute, but they are smart. We do need to invite them to leave, though, since they bring with them fleas, ticks (and a tick got me last week), and disease germs. No farm house will ever be totally free of rodents, but we’d like to keep it down to an occasional issue. The mice we dispose of won’t be missed, I assure you. The fields are so full that they sustain a crazy number of raptors, plus the coyotes and snakes.
Want to learn more about getting rid of mice? I found two articles, this one on TipsBulletin, which explains way more about the diseases they cause and the lengths you really need to go to to get rid of then, and also this simple article, which was not crawling with ads, so maybe it’s legit.
Mice exist to feed the world! And by the way, here’s a link to our post from last year on rodents, from before we were so personally involved.
Let’s hope that the pesky pest plagues don’t persist. Additional tips and stories are welcome!