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Mice vs. the cowboy mousetrap

August 6, 2015
By Joyce Schenk , Westfield Republican

Many years ago, we built a home in the woods in Findley Lake. We soon discovered we had a large number of neighbors, all of the wildlife variety.

There were deer, raccoons, opossums, snakes, a whole army of chipmunks and large variety of woodland birds. Fortunately, we were able to coexist with these critters, even enjoy watching them out the windows.

The only creatures we had a problem with were the mice. These little rascals refused to stay outside, preferring to creep in at any opportunity to dine on anything they could find.

I took a stand on our unwanted guests, telling hubby George that I didn't mind all the four-legged or feathered neighbors as long as they remained outside. But I was NOT going to tolerate the little moochers coming inside our home.

A lifelong subscriber to the mantra, "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy," George quickly laid in a supply of mousetraps.

Unfortunately, our sneaky resident mice quickly learned to defeat these attempts to evict them.

Next George worked his way around the house, sealing every hole where the little pests could come in. Still, we had a few who crept through his defenses.

Finally, we reverted to a well-known brand of mouse poison. At last, this approach was successful . for a while.

But, during the years we lived in our little corner of forest paradise, the battle had to be repeated from time to time.

Recently, when I was talking with my pal, Steve, our conversation wandered to the topic of critters that invade our space when we encroach on theirs.

For years, Steve and his family have had a cabin in the Colorado ski country. Like our place in the Findley Lake woods, Steve's get-away was often visited by the local wildlife.

One unfortunate period was the winter of the skunks. A family of the varmints had taken up residence under the cabin's porch and had no intention of leaving.

As you can imagine, sharing the place with such neighbors took much of the pleasure out of the experience for Steve and his family.

Finally, desperate for a solution, my friend called an exterminator who managed to trap and relocate the pests to some far-away home.

Steve reported that a wandering cat eventually adopted the empty space vacated by the skunks. But this creature proved to be compatible and even became valuable as the resident mouser.

After she left, however, Steve began having the problems our family had early in our woodland lives with invading mice.

While nodding my head in understanding, I asked, "What did you do to get rid of them?"

Steve laughed and said, "They were no challenge once I learned about the Cowboy Mouse Trap."

Steve actually showed me a picture of his Cowboy Mouse Trap and I must admit, I have never seen anything like it.

Rather than take time to describe this clever approach to keeping living areas mouse-free, I'll just refer you to the many YouTube videos detailing the Cowboy Mouse Trap.

If you are an avid animal rights protector, you probably won't want to see this. But for me, I love the animals as long as they live in their world and let me live in mine. Once they invade my family's living space, all bets are off.

We no longer live in the woods and I don't really expect our fourth-floor condo to be invaded any time soon by field mice. But, if I do happen to discover one of those little critters, you can bet I'll build my own Cowboy Mouse Trap and let nature take its course.

 
 
 

 

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