Friday, January 20, 2012

Country Living - Varmints 101

In addition to being infested by stinkbugs, in addition to having a mouse deconstruct part of my minivan, in addition to having raccoons in the chicken coop....well....the drama just never ends.  It's varmint central here!  Where should I start?

I'm on my fourth - that's right fourth - mouse caught in the minivan since this past fall.  I get rid of one and another moves on in.  I catch them in glue traps, and then feel guilty all day since I can't bear to put them out of their misery myself.  My husband has to do the duty when he gets home.   They're soooo cute (sob).

We have a possum stealing our chicken food.  He's still on the loose.

Our rooster Gilbert continues to play the part of a varmint by crowing on our deck every morning long before daylight has arrived.

And we set out a trap, for that possum.  Well look what we caught instead:
 This was one angry cat, folks.  My husband said, "Maybe you should go let it out, you're better with cats." So I started to head downstairs and heard him yell after me, "Don't get bit!"  That's when I knew I had been suckered.  The cat was very feral and growling and hissing.  I aimed him downhill as I opened the cage, hoping he'd make a mad dash and not into me!  Luck was with me that day, and we haven't seen him around since.

Have you had any varmints wreaking havoc this winter?

57 comments:

Kasey @ TFOMplus2 said...

Maybe it's a VA thing, but we battle stink bugs bad here. My husband leaned over to give me a quick hug and recoiled in horror. At first I was a little taken aback as he's usually very loving. That quickly passed as I realized that a nasty little stinkbug had taken up residence in the hood of my sweatshirt. Apparently I was his girl and he was attempting to defend me from the perpetrator (my hubby) by releasing his odoriferous cologne. I hate those things!

E @ Act Fast Chef said...

That mouse is so cute!!! The possum is NOT cute. I caught a possum last summer - set the trap for a woodchuck eating my garden and forgot to close it at night and the possum got in. . . I waited for my husband to take care of it!

Jill said...

Never a dull moment at your place!

Steve Surratt said...

The only Varmits pestering me are two formerly long-haired teenagers. Since we sheared them they have behaved a little less like varmits. I like to visit the country but I'll take Park Avenue over Green Acres any day :-)

Jay said...

interesting..
grt cliks
Tasty Appetite

My Journey With Candida said...

I don't have much problem with critters since we moved to civilization. We used to live out in the woods on a 100 acre farm, there were all kinds of mice, snakes and wild animals there.

Kim said...

We had mice in our crv before we got our van. Shaune would do live traps and then drive out to the woods to set them free. Deaglan would proudly tell anyone he came in contact with that we had mouses.

Sally said...

Holy goodness. You're braver than I am; that cat would of scared me half to death. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

You sure have a lot of visitors! We only get ants at our house.

Valerie said...

I think I would be most terrified of that cat too! I'm glad it didn't go after you! At our other house just two block away we had hobo spiders every summer. Those suckers were huge!! In this house, we still have spiders but they are smaller, and the only varmint seems to be Willow when she tries to steal Kona's food.

Good luck with all of your animal issues-and you'll be hearing from me soon, I promise!

Slamdunk said...

Yikes--glad the cat story did not end with an injury. I think an advantage to living in cold and blah land up here is that the critters are not seen much this time of year.

Mere said...

We haven't had ant unwelcome guests this winter, but two years ago we had a family of mice move in. I think we caught 10 in two weeks. We tried every different kind of trap...the glue traps were the worst, I always felt so bad for the little mice that got caught in those, they look so innocent.

TexWisGirl said...

oh lordy! you've got your hands full! so i guess the dryer sheets inside the van are not working to keep the mice out, after all! ugh! i could never do glue traps. i'd have to snap 'em or nothing at all.

we had a raccoon coming into the barn to get the cat food again for a few days, but it's moved on apparently. coyotes, however, are running loud and proud the past few nights - and i believe killed one of the neighbor calves since my dogs brought back its skull and spine this morning...

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Ah, those cats do eat the mice, though. I sure miss ours...

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh - I feel for you - because I still have a squirrel in the attic!!!!!! HAHA
sandie

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Those mice might be cute - but think of it this way: they can carry disease. Blech. (I don't blame you for having your husband put them out of their misery, though).

All those critters keep you on your toes, as if your boys needed any help. ;)

Angela said...

When I first seen the cat in the trap I thought it was your cat! That is just hilarious that it wasn't your cat! I can't believe you still have the mice in your minivan!

Prairie Girl said...

We have been super lucky but The Captain tells me that our "cat house" aka quonset has dead ferrets in it. I didn't even know we had ferrets around here. I've never seen them...just hoping some day that one never decides to take up residence in my house!!!

We've been fairly lucky with mice, though I swear I keep hearing them...I know we had a nest out where we park our trucks and four years ago they got into the heater ducts of my jeep. I accidently chopped them up and spread them all over inside the ducts. It was apparently a disgusting mess that the mechanics had never seen before and never want to see again...lol

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I just don't get the whole mouse in the minivan thing! That's so crazy to me! I guess you can't use snap traps because of the motion of the vehicle? They sure would do the whole trick at once though!

Chris said...

Trying not to laugh Lisa as I know it can get a bit much sometimes.

I have a Varmint rat that is determined to live in my greenhouse despite me doing everything to deter him.

Time to load up the rifle I think...

Becky Jane said...

We deal with mice and earwigs in-mass. An occasional raccoon or deer ventures in, but not too often. Finally found that ashes get rid of earwigs. But, we are constantly catching mice, especially in the fall when they want to come indoors!

Good luck with all your varmints!

cestMoi Sandy said...

Well, yes, we had our share of varmint issues in other winters.
One winter we actually realized that rodents (rats) had gotten into our heating pipes and pee peed in the insulation under our Man. Home.
John had to pull everything out from underneath the home and we were sitting in the home with area heaters.
They run your bills up fast.
Horrid varmints! It cost us a lot of time and about 2000,00 dollars to get new insulation and everything running again.
This winter only a single mouse now and then. He is in my workspace though. And that is off limits!
So we kill one we gain one it seems like.
In MO. we were tormented by bugs... huge bugs... and my boys always got eaten alive!
Well, there will always be something until He comes to get us all!
Have a great weekend!

www.hello-cestmoi.blogspot.com
(I made the move)

Ginny said...

As a matter of fact, we HAVE!!! But not the feral kind. Phil was taking care of our son's cat while they were away, and chuck has always been a big nipper. Well, he bit and scratched Phil really good while he was scratching his back. It bled for some time and now all the puncture wounds are getting red all around! Your mouse picture is too cute, awwwww!!! Can't say the same for the possum. That rooster needs some serious therapy! A friend of ours (Ella's mom) has mice in her house inside and had to set traps. One day she was on the toilet and a mouse ran in front of her. She screamed and hubby came running in and whacked the mouse. Not only did he kill it, but it was full of babies!!!! Little Ella slept through the whole thing!

Jane said...

Yes Lisa,we have our share of critters out here in the country,a couple of years ago we had a possum that liked to steal the cat's food,I think the possum got more food than onyx did ! And every now and then we have a visiting mouse or two,I hate mice! Blessings Jane

camp and cottage living said...

Lisa
One question-do you have your rabbies shots? I'm serious!
Wow, it sounds like the attack of the rodents.
I still say my drowning trap is the best way to get rid of mice and skunks-whatever!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is funny, you caught a cat instead...but he was not a friendly cat

Misty said...

I feel like that's the worst part of winter in the country... and probably the one thing that keeps me living int he burbs, even though my heart screams "TAKE ME TO THE COUNTRY!"

that poor Cat. So upset...

le Chef said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry, but I can't stop laughing! I have no idea how you get mice in a minivan, but I wig out with the glue traps too, then cry because the cute mouse is stuck in the glue. Our rooster (Tom Jones) did the same thing; always at 3 a.m..
Those feral cats - yeow! Got a lot of those over the years. Had one projectile poo all over as soon as I got near it, then it attacked us. Horrible things after they've been caged.
What's with the stink bugs? Do they actually stink?

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

We do have plenty of varmits plus a farm full of coyotes that howl at 2am and get the dogs started up. Nice.

Tracy said...

Not at the house but I do have to laugh because we had staff meeting at school on Wed. and our principal told us that we might see a visitor 'round the rooms...well, I haven't seen him at all....

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

With 8 outdoor cats, there's not a varmint to be seen anywhere right now. That cat looks angry. :)

Myya said...

Always an adventure at your house! I can't wait to see the stories you are going to have when your boys are teens & building things & catching things & heck, being boys who live on acres & acres. LOL

Joanne said...

The only varmints we have here are ants once a year and the occasional stink bug. Well we did have racoons eat our goldfish right out of our deck pond. It's too bad your cats are older, otherwise they might keep those mice under control.

andy said...

Don't feel bad we go through our share of critter trouble too
Got to love Countryliving. Have a good weekend

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You have lots happening!
But you have it under control.
That ferral cat can bite- my mommy knows!
Do you know what is happening here?
Our septic tank is caving in and the drain field is not working,, and ,and.. its flooding! We are out of control
love
tweedles

Lindsay said...

OOh, the mouse and possum would freak me out!!

Navigating Northward said...

Certain places seem to attract vermin more than others ... we've had a couple of houses that seemed very welcoming to mice. Might have had something to do with cornfields nearby! And our cat was no help. Good luck!

KERRY said...

Oh no!! I'd be no good staying at your place lol, I'm such a scaredy cat of anything that can move faster than me (which is pretty much everything!)

Sarah (Nikki) said...

cute yes....but totally creeps me out. I'd be freaking. You're one brave lady.

Out on the prairie said...

Haven't had to fight any off.I had a possom problem a few years back, babies found a way into my cabin.

Marilyn said...

I'll tell ya, there's nothing worse than a mixed up rooster or a mad catter! Well, maybe a pi$$ed off possum. We caught a possum in a trap once and I fed it hot dogs till Six came home to take it away. Needless to say we had possum problems for quite some time.

Tanya said...

lol sorry but your varmint trouble is quite funny to read about...we haven't had too many stink bugs this year, not like last year! and a couple of years ago we did have a mouse in the mini van. didn't know until we were on our way to smith mountain lake and it made an appearance, we were all screaming lol...it kept popping up all over the place. we stopped at dollar general and my husband bought some sticky traps to lay under the seat but we never caught him. he did pop up onto the dashboard right by my husbands hand. it was quite an intense ride to the lake with us all sitting with our feet in our seats. he must have jumped out at the lake because we didn't have anymore issues after that!

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

You are much braver than me.. THe whole thing would have freaked me out. You go girl!

Meredith said...

Oh I feel your pain. One of the reasons we moved out of the 'old' house was rats/mice in the attic and possums in our crawl space. We had feral cats, I'm sure bc the exterminator would comment about their 'use' of the side of our house...I don't miss the critters at all! We just have squirrels here mostly and my boys scare them away most of the time! I hope you catch all the mice!!

Dreadnaught said...

Worse things we get out in the desert are grasshoppers and spiders. They come from nowhere and get into your home. And the desert spiders here are pretty big. Black and red. Nasty suckers.

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Tiggeriffic said...

Mice are so cute BUT so distructive~!
I gave up on traps and put out the poison that just kills the mice. The red tail hawks and eagles will not die if they eat one of these dead mice. I put out 4 boxes one evening and by morning they were all empty..
Now to get through the smell, yikes they do stink. Good luck~!
Thanks for your encouraging comment about the knee.. With time and patience it will get better.
Have a Tiggeriffic Day ~ ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Adrienne said...

So that would scare the you know what our of me. We actually have had to deal with bobcats here!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

That cat does look angry! I also think the mouse is so cute...though maybe not if he's in my mini-van! :) Good luck! Hoping you don't have a fifth.

Adam said...

I live in city so all we have are squirrels and bugs

Helene said...

Eeeeewwww, I couldn't handle all those varmints! Esp that possum. He looks downright evil!

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Jill said...

Maybe you should keep that cat! He could take care of some of those varmints. We had ratzilla last year in the barn. He made tunnels under the horse stall mats and excavated about a half ton of gravel. Never a dull moment when it comes to varmints.

warren said...

I have never trapped a feral cat but that is on my list this week...I hope my luck is like yours!

Shell said...

That possum freaks me out!

tree said...

You can use vegetable oil to free the mice from the glue traps, and then release them far from home. We have been getting mice in the house all winter. i use live traps, and release them into the woods. i'm pretty sure they just run around the house and come right back in. :) We have stink bugs too, and those blasted imposter lady bugs. Haven't had a possum in the chicken coop yet, but did have one hanging out inside one of my bird feeders last year. It was just a little guy. :)

Sandy said...

The cat doesn't scare me as much as that possum does! They can be really mean.

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

They all love your house (and van!). That mouse is too cute!