Tomatoes, Rats and Other News from Our Little House
Our cherry tomato plant started getting buds about a week ago.
This week, those buds morphed into teeny-tiny tomatoes.
I’m very pleased, but a little surprised. Although we put our container garden in about one month ahead of schedule due to the unusual warm
weather, I really didn’t expect buds and tomatoes this soon.
Particularly since it turned cooler the past couple of weeks. There were even a couple of nights I threw a sheet over them just in case of a frost.
In other news from the Party Deck this week, we’ve had to resort to exterminating some mice ad wood rats that have taken up residence in our basement and around the house.
They haven’t gotten into the house that I know of, but they are munching on the siding and a couple of mornings it sounded as if they had made their way under the siding and was chewing on the insulation in the wall.
We’ve only seen one wood rat, under the covered front porch, which the dogs have chased, but we’ve seen several mice scurrying along the deck. We’ve also found we have a problem under the front porch of The Belle Writer’s Studio and in the big storage building.
I hate to kill any living creature. I even try to scoop up spiders and wasps when they get into the house, so I wasn’t keen on setting those slam traps. Sticky traps and poison is even less humane and out of the question as it would put our dogs, as well as other wildlife at risk.
I bought a live trap for $5 and set it, and set it, and set it. The trap was being tripped, but it wasn’t catching the mice. After several weeks of basically feeding them, we gave up on that.
I was hoping the big black snake that slithered around the back of the house for a couple of days would eliminate the problem, but it wasn’t so. We still found mouse droppings all over the table Dale built that sits on the covered front porch and in Molly’s stroller.
The wood rats are also dangerous, if they get under the hood of our cars, they eat the wiring and at minimum, cause a lot of damage. Sometimes the damage is so bad it causes car fires, many of which we’ve seen here.
My aunt, who lives down the road, told me about a trap called the Rat Zapper, which kills them instantly with an electrical shock as soon as they enter the trap.
Seeing that the black snake wasn’t eliminating the problem and the mice and rats weren’t going to be willed away, we ordered a couple and they arrived this week.
They do the job as advertised, without the mess of the slam traps. Hopefully, we won’t have to keep setting them for long before our problem is no more.
Do you have tomatoes or any other veggies coming on yet? Or, have you had a mouse problem and if so, how have you dealt with it?