We have a cat, which is very good at catching mice, but sometimes a mouse trap is still necessary. A friend of mine described her issues with the little gray pests recently! She said, she used to use live traps, but always felt guilty about carting them to the woods, dumping them and leaving them to face a slow, painful demise. So she decided death should come clean and quickly and opted for some new traps. She placed them in strategic places, especially where they left evidence of having claimed the space for their own.
The next morning she opened one of the cabinets and was greeted by a mouse in a “death grimace” caught in one of the traps. After her initial shock at seeing the little varmint, she was delighted the trap at least worked! The following morning, however, she opened another door to see a grizzly scene. She explained, “The old trap had apparently enticed the oldest and most decrepit mouse in the world. Thin, scraggly and an apparent victim of brittle bone disease, Gramps must have never known what hit him. The head had been completely severed with a singularly horrified expression. The body lay next to the trap, ragged edges of muscle and sinew exposed.”
I admit, while I loathe the little vermin in my house or being mean and nasty to most anything, her story had me absolutely giggling! What is sad during other seasons, I have similar issues, only with different critters. Snakes scare me silly, as do spiders! I deal better with spiders, however, than snakes. Mice startle me when I see them, but I won’t say I’m “afraid” of them. And…. Spiders and snakes can make themselves apparent from Spring right through Fall! At least the mice are usually visible just in the winter.
What is also sad is how much I enjoy watching squirrels and these little guys are nearly first cousins to the mice! My son was telling me, just today how he and others like to hunt (and eat) squirrel! Horrors! I know you’re laughing at me! But I picture these little guys with their big bushy tails jumping from tree to tree and scampering all about on the ground searching for nuts and other food, and have a hard time putting them on the same page as a mouse or rat. But that said, I wouldn’t want them in my house either! I’m happy with a cat and dog.
So I wonder, besides cats and dogs, what kinds of critters do you like (or at least approve of) in your house? Do some bother you more than others and will you go to great lengths to rid yourself of unwelcome house guests?