In most households, the first thing one might hear upon rising in the morning is, “How did you sleep?” or “Coffee’s ready.”
In ours, it’s “We caught a mouse.” Or on good days, “No mice this morning.”
The first item in Reiner’s daily ritual is checking the trapline. He has snares in the drop ceiling of the basement, in the pantry, and under the kitchen stove.
I am not troubled by mice in the house. It’s part of sharing the world with other creatures, like blackflies or raccoons. Sure, pests can be bothersome, and in some cases, they can cause considerable damage. So far, though, we are lucky – the system of traps is working. If the mice avoid capture and they venture further into the house, then one of our four cats will deal with the intruder. (Oscar is a GREAT mouser.)
For Reiner it is a challenge. His mission? A mouse-free house. So far, he is losing the battle.
For the last four years, hubby has filled countless openings where the vinyl siding connects to the house frame. He has caulked gaps at the chimney, stuffing them with steel wool or Styrofoam. He’s been on the roof, and under the floor joists. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard him say, “There. That should do it. I cannot find any more holes.”
As I say, I don’t mind mice in the house. I did mind when he coated the lower portion of the exterior foundation with used motor oil. He figured the smell would deter the creatures. The oil left an ugly stain on the wall. Fortunately, it faded after a couple of years.
Every day, he logs the catch. He even has spreadsheets to tally the kill. How else can one compare last September to this? In case you are wondering – 15 mice in 2019 vs. 2020’s whopping 29. Basically, a 100% increase.
It’s a hobby, I guess. A personal mission, one that he knows is futile, yet he refuses to admit it.
Besides, the crows enjoy the free meals that they find on the front lawn. The cats are entertained, and so am I, to tell you the truth.
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