Friday, July 28, 2006

Got mice?

If mice around your house are a problem for you, get one of these:




Black rat snakes can also clear your house of baby birds and other guests. This one, about three feet long, was lazing in the Virginia creeper above the garage door.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Sarge said...

I did, in fact, do this about three years ago and am now reaping the bitter harvest. That late summer the mice came in and held "High Carnival", and a cat was out of the question, so I happened to come upon a good sized black snake and tookhim to the basement. I'd asked my wife if she minded, and she said she did, she didn't "want the thing jumping out at me and taking me by surprise."

Feeling that asking forgiveness (if necessary) would be better than further arguement, I installed the snake in the basement (warm dry) and let him go to work. The only evidence that he was there was that the mouse problem cleared up. Forgot about him, figured he'd left by now.

Three days ago my wife called me to the basement, and lo, there was a shed skin where one hadn't been the day before. She has a great memory, would not accept that "it must have crawled in" and is not best pleased with me at the moment.

I am a civil war reenactor, and at one camp another person and I were talking to some visitors and a very large black snake slithered right up to us and proceeded to butt against my gaiter. The lady among the visitors was horrified, but I picked up the snake, took him to the edge of camp and let him go. The lady asked if we weren't afraid the snake would strike, we said no for three reasons:

1) We had no labor contract with the snake
2) Snakes are lagely unaware of the working conditions and pay situations they find themselves in
3) They have no arms or shoulders with which to carry picket signs.

The lady went away trying to find the snake, it was at least sane, or so she said.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Sarge said...

I did, in fact, do this about three years ago and am now reaping the bitter harvest. That late summer the mice came in and held "High Carnival", and a cat was out of the question, so I happened to come upon a good sized black snake and tookhim to the basement. I'd asked my wife if she minded, and she said she did, she didn't "want the thing jumping out at me and taking me by surprise."

Feeling that asking forgiveness (if necessary) would be better than further arguement, I installed the snake in the basement (warm dry) and let him go to work. The only evidence that he was there was that the mouse problem cleared up. Forgot about him, figured he'd left by now.

Three days ago my wife called me to the basement, and lo, there was a shed skin where one hadn't been the day before. She has a great memory, would not accept that "it must have crawled in" and is not best pleased with me at the moment.

I am a civil war reenactor, and at one camp another person and I were talking to some visitors and a very large black snake slithered right up to us and proceeded to butt against my gaiter. The lady among the visitors was horrified, but I picked up the snake, took him to the edge of camp and let him go. The lady asked if we weren't afraid the snake would strike, we said no for three reasons:

1) We had no labor contract with the snake
2) Snakes are lagely unaware of the working conditions and pay situations they find themselves in
3) They have no arms or shoulders with which to carry picket signs.

The lady went away trying to find the snake, it was at least sane, or so she said.

6:42 PM  

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