It seems like we’ve had every imaginable pest in our backyard this year, so why not add mice into the mix!
I noticed a week or so ago that there were little holes dug, burrowing below our shed. They were too small for Max to have dug, which left only one possibility. Mice. I wasn’t 100 % sure, because I hadn’t noticed any in or around the shed, but I got confirmation yesterday.
A few days ago I went into the shed to grab some bird seed. I noticed there was a small hole in the side of the bag, which I found a bit odd. I knew it wasn’t there when I bought it. Yesterday I went to grab another bag to put out for the birds and this one had a hole in it as well. I started to put two and two together. Then I noticed a bag of grass seed that I had left in my seed spreader in the spring was broken wide open with loose seed lying in the spreader. Amongst the seed was a lot of mouse poop. Aha!
The reason I had gone into my shed was to grab bird seed and the leaf blower so I could blow the leaves off of my deck. When I went to put the blower back into the shed I spotted a mouse scurrying across the floor trying to get to a safe spot as quickly as his little feet would take him. Now, my wife will tell you how much I hate killing things, but if you’re a mouse invading my shed, you’re living on borrowed time.
I made my way over to the hardware store and grabbed some rat poison. I got some direction from my buddy at the store on the best way to use this stuff. I told him I’d like to try a few pellets myself, just to see if I thought the mice would like the taste, but he cautioned me away from that idea. He told me not to worry, the mice will love it.
So, now it’s a waiting game. I’ll peek inside the shed today when I get home to see if the mice have gotten into the packages of pellets.
Between the wasps, maple bugs, aphids, and now, mice, it’s been a year of the pest around our backyard.