Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by kathy: ky on May 12, 2017 at 11:15am
Daniel, what kind of ant baits do you use? I've used Borax detergent vinegar, bleach mixed with water and soap. Everything I've ever read about but the ants just keep multiplying. Most are scatter all over the two acres but I know if they are there they are bound to be in the house. Or under it.
Any suitable are welcome
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2017 at 7:23am

Those traps I use do startle me a little when they go off, but not much.  Perhaps I've gotten used to them.  They don't startle me as much as the pressure packed cylinders containing dinner rolls, when hitting them on the edge of something to pop them open. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2017 at 7:18am

Well, I was wrong.  It appears you country folks have many more critters in your houses than I do.  It makes sense.  If you have more outside, more will get in.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 12, 2017 at 7:11am

Spud: Yes, those are the Intruder traps I use. So easy and effective. Setting those Victors always scared me if they went off!

Speaking of possums (Daniel), I saw one amble across my yard yest. And a month or so ago, the odor of a dead one in my garage led to the discovery of a possum in one of my rain barrels. He got in and couldn't get out. By the way, they love persimmons. So be on the watch.

Comment by Daniel W on May 11, 2017 at 10:03am

Randy and Spud, mice and ants are part of my country living too.  I hate to admit it, but I gave in and started using poisoned baits in containers that the mouse has to enter through a maze, so other animals can't get it.  I hate doing that because I hope the mouse doesn't leave a poisoned corpse that might harm predators, but my place was full of mice.  I wound up burning a cheap chest of drawers that was filled with mouse nest and feces.  My pantry has food on stainless steel shelves, that I hope mice can't reach but I still use the baits.  We have several fat feral cats that prowl my 2 acres, and the neighbors properties, maybe too many.  I put out a little food for them.  Yesterday I forgot the door was open, and came into the house to discover a cat running around.  I also but up a big nesting box for barn owls, but so far no occupants.  I hear them hooting sometimes.  With rabbits, moles, voles, mice, I think there is a lot of potential food for predators.  Last week I was raking through and flattening the piles of blackberry brambles to help them degrade faster, and a possum emerged.  I've used ant baits too.  They seem less toxic because they are so much smaller, and they work very well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2017 at 8:42am

Randy, your story of mice eating your sweet potatoes reminded me:  When I first decided mice were in the house, I started checking all my Idaho Russets and Yukon gold potatoes that I store in a dark corner of my basement on the cement floor.  Not one little nibble has been taken out of any of them.  I guess mice like seeds and sweet things, not starchy potatoes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2017 at 8:21am

Here are the Tomcat traps that I had good results with.  I think the sensitivity is due to the plastic holding the wire having less friction than a metal piece holding the wire, like the Victor ones have.  By the way, while looking on Amazon just now, I found some Victor traps that have the plastic, but they have a lower rating than the Tomcats.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2017 at 8:12am

I looked-up the Intruder mouse traps on Amazon.  I may purchase a few to try.  Are these the kind you use?

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2017 at 8:06am

I have 10 of these radar dogs for burglar alarms, which covers all the doors and windows in my house.  They send-out radar pulses and detect movement from analyzing return pulses.  Most are on the floor and bark when a person or mouse goes in front of them.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2017 at 7:16am

Good story, Spud! My favorite mouse trap is by Intruder, called "the better mousetrap". I always hated setting those Victors (not familiar with Tomcat). By the way, how do your mice set off a burglar alarm? I don't see the relationship.

I had a mouse eating on my sweet potatoes. Caught him with peanut butter.

Yesterday, I decided to clean out a bird house which smelled. 3 mice, maybe 4, jumped out, which startled me! I hope they didn't run into my house.


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