Stand By To Repel Boarders

At this time of year, many are looking forward to having family and friends to stay.  We were not planning on visitors.  However, we got them.  The evidence of their presence was left under the sink, in the snacks cupboard, and all over the cutlery drawer.  Mice.

I mentioned to my friend at the hardware store that I had unwelcome guests.  He told me that I was not the only one and took me to the appropriate aisle and shelf.  I returned home with two traps.

We already had some peanut butter in the house because Wife uses it to make suet blocks for the birds.  Peanut butter seems to be fast food for trendy rodents.  I suppose that if I put out cheese, I’d get grey whiskered mice, and then only catch them by their old school ties.

Since Thursday, we have caught five.  My Daughter wondered if we were going to get the twelve mice of Christmas.  I am more worried about the multiplication inherent in the old song.

About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.
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2 Responses to Stand By To Repel Boarders

  1. mud4fun says:

    Bad luck. I hope you’ve caught them all now.

    We’ve been fortunate in not having had them inside our house but we have had plenty of invasions in the garden and workshops. The thing is they start out as just the odd cute little field mouse and as we don’t like harming animals we happily put up with the odd one or two. Sadly these little rodents seem to mutliply at an alarming rate once they find a place where they have lots of food (my wifes veg garden) and secure housing (my workshop) and even we as animal lovers soon reach breaking point when we walk out the back door to see dozens of mice (or even worse, rats) running in all directions and my wife finds her crops vanishing before her eyes! 😦

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