Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Not single spies, but in battalions

The rodent drama continues. I killed the big packrat in the garage but then had to deal with an infestation of deer mice, both in the garage and in the house. I set a battery of traps and now have a body count to match a Shakespearean tragedy: 3 dead in the garage (including the packrat) and 5 in the house (all deer mice).

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

I have a neighbor who hasn't been to her property in years. She stored an old, trashy camper in the woods across the road, and it has sat out there with its door partially open as long as I've been here. Recently she moved it over near the larger camper she uses as the main dwelling on her property. I suppose it could be a coincidence, but that's about when the rodents started showing up at my place.

The traps are still set.  If I catch many more rodents, I'll have a body count to match a Schwarzenegger movie.  I'll be back . . .


  1. Well, at least you don't have cockroaches anymore...

  2. Maybe you should keep a snake or two around (better than cats, right?), and you could have your own circle of life going on right there in your cabin.

  3. True, Laura. It's good to be out of cockroach country. Rodents are easier to deal with, and without poisons.

    Brian, I'm all about the circle of life, but I prefer it outside (though snakes are definitely better than cats). I've been dropping the rodent carcasses out on the ground by the road in the mornings, and they always disappear within a couple of hours. I've never seen the lucky recipients, but I suspect it's ravens.