Turns out she had a passenger.
We have a lot of mice here at the park. A lot! We constantly have a couple of loaded mouse traps here in our house trailer, and have to "empty" one of them at least every couple of days. In fact, I just finished tossing another carcass out the back door. Snake food. We have lots of snakes here as well. Might have something to do with the abundant food supply!
Anyhow, I usually park the car at the back of our workshop when it's not being used. One day a couple of weeks ago, I opened to the rear hatch to find a bunch of insulation from an old stove that sits nearby. This is not good...I have seen the damage mice can cause to an automobile and the little blue car deserves a better fate than that!
So I cleaned it all up and we bought some mouse poison blocks. These blocks contain food that the mice love, but they also contain poison to kill off the little buggers. So we put one block on the floor near the corner of our cupboards where we have seen them come and go.
Ha! Ruth took these just a few minutes ago while I was typing this!
Is it safe to come out?
Apparently this stuff takes up to two weeks to do it's job, but a person in the store said that it will definitely control the mouse population.
Anyhow, I had put another couple of blocks up at the shop near the car. They pretty much disappeared overnight! So I put two more blocks up there. I also bought some "Bounce" dryer sheets and some moth balls and put them in and around the car.
So when Ruth returned from shopping the other day and told me about her passenger I was a little frustrated that they're still getting inside the car.
And now, I had to find this little one and get it out.
I opened the hatch and saw it right away. It went down into where the spare tire is stored and so I took it all apart and sure enough there it was scrambling to get up the side and I tried to grab it with my glove but it managed to get up under some of the trim. Mice can get just about anywhere!
Hmm, so I thought, I'm gonna have to start taking things apart.
So I brought the car back up to the shop and folded up the rear seat so that I could access things better.
What did I find?
A whole family of mice!
But these were newborns. Six little baby mice. Now all of a sudden I start to feel bad for the stupid mice. Obviously I can't let this mommy raise her family here. They have got to go. This is not going to end well for mommy mouse and her little ones. I feel another tinge of sadness. Stupid mice.
Two of the little ones.
The babies were making noises that they wanted mommy, and mommy didn't want to come out of hiding because I was standing there and had exposed their nest. But she kept poking her nose out and heading towards the little ones but then she would see me and scurry back into hiding. You could tell she was trying to protect her family. In the time that it took for me to go get the camera, she had already moved three of them to a more secure spot.
Without getting into details, mommy did not survive this whole ordeal. Which meant the babies didn't either. But I honestly felt bad. Here I was on one hand with traps and poison, and on the other hand didn't want to kill the mommy and babies. But it had to be done.
A hunter, I am not.
I need to oil spray the car again before winter, so that will fix the problem there. Mice don't like oil, and to be extra sure I'm going to park it on a plastic sheet and spray oil around all of the tires. That ought to stop them from getting in the car over the winter.
On to happier things. If you missed it, we're giving away a couple of Amazon gift cards. One of them is for $100 USD. You can enter here... http://www.travelwithkevinandruth.com/2014/08/free-100-amazon-gift-card.html
No Amazon deal of the day here. However, feel free to go shopping and see if you can find your own deal!
And last but certainly not least...it's our granddaughter Sadie's first birthday today!
Happy Birthday Sadie!