TREES: OUR WINTER SPA FOR CHILLY MICE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees

I live amidst the trees. Sometimes, I think the trees live amidst us, too. The bug and mouse guy was here yesterday and reported that we have fewer than maybe a dozen still active mice and no visible bugs, except for a mosquito he found in our bedroom.

I said that mosquitoes are just one of those things, but what are those things that keep coming out of the drain and he said they were “drain bugs.”

I said “they don’t seem to do anything” and he said, “mostly, bugs don’t do anything.” I’m not sure how to feel about that.

Under the stars

But meanwhile, he pointed out that we live in the woods, so we’re going to have mice because the amount of room they need to climb under a door is about the width of a dime.

Snow

I said I sympathized with their desire to find a warm place for the winter, but not here. And he said, “This is the place they are looking for.”

Proudly announcing, we are the winter spa for mice.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

19 thoughts on “TREES: OUR WINTER SPA FOR CHILLY MICE – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. We have a built in garden cupboard outside, and it seems to be quite well insulated for the winter months. Now and again when we clear it out a nest is seen. Once two mice had shredded the newspapers which are in the container next to where they were and they had built a very comfortable nest. I don’t like the sound of drain bugs, although we also get a few unknown bugs, but funnily enough they all disappear in Winter : I suppose they go to that place where the flies go.

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  2. You need to train the dogs to become mousers, because my cats are the only reason my home is mouse-free. I may as well have big billboards all around my house welcoming pests to my day spa. The cats won’t take care of the crickets or spiders or drain flies or fleas… but they do keep the rodents out. Or make them wish they never checked in…

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    1. I have had many meaningful chats with them. But strangely, they don’t seem to have taken. Why eat a yucky mouse when a perfectly good biscuit is waiting? At one point, I actually tried to force Bonnie into the place under the stairs where the mice congregate. She wouldn’t talk to me for a week.

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    1. They do not seem to appreciate the wonders of vermin hunting. We have had terriers who battled mice to the death. But Bonne? She can’t see, so she’s no help and Gibbs? He ONLY eats his biscuits on the sofa. Doesn’t like the floor. Not very terrier-like, in my opinion.

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