Mice- Ugh

This last weekend we had some family visiting and one of our nieces heard us talking about our mice/vole problems in the garden (remember the video about the lengths the little varmits made us go to?) .
She asked Brian to take her and see if they could find any baby mice. He tried to ignore her. She asked again. He said, “sure,” thinking the whole time he’d just walk out with her, look around, not find anything and come back inside.
Did he not remember the hundreds (believe me, I wish I were exaggerating…) of mice/voles we had seen scurrying all around the garden shed last summer?
Well, I hadn’t. But I did hope.
To no avail. Look at this smile:

She’s thrilled with this gross little thing.
And before I get any comments, I know mice can be cute…but not when they multiply like, well, mice. And most certainly not when they eat the vegetables I planted to feed us.
So the funny part is Brian comes in all smug saying, “She thinks it’s sleeping, and it’s been “sleeping” for an awfully long time, so don’t worry, it’s probably not alive.”
Sure. In a month that thing will produce it’s own little litter (if it’s a female), and I don’t want it on our property (I’m thinking- “yeah! we finally caught one!”).
So we leave for a couple of hours and when we come back the thing is still “sleeping.” I want it gone, but our niece and her dad decide to let it go a ways up the road. They come back and tell me two comforting pieces of information:
1. It actually seemed to grow in those afternoon hours and it’s eyes were open.
2. It squeeked at them, very healthy and alive as they let it go.
Joy to my soul, I tell you.




  1. says

    I hate mice!! And I’m the official mice catcher at our house – yuck.

    Can I tell you how I’ve been at the humane society at least 3 times trying to get myself an outdoor “mouser” cat. I wish they could guarentee that the cat would stay outside and catch mice.

    Maybe you should look into that. Several of my friends at my local nursery “employ” a few cat mousers and they say it helps a lot.

  2. says

    We have mice in our attic. I don’t know how they got there, I don’t know what they eat and I don’t have any signs of them in the kitchen (THANK GOODNESS!) In fact, I just told my husband this morning, he needed to get some traps the next time he went to Lowe’s or Home Depot. I don’t like them either!

  3. says

    *ewww* I live out in the woods and have lots of mice. Thank goodness for the stray cats that hang around and help keep them at bay. What ones do get through are caught with mouse traps, which I keep ready at all times. They can wreak your pantry.

  4. says

    Congrats, Dan, on your blog. I look forward to keeping up with you there.

    Shannan- I know more people with cats who play with mice (not killing them), than eat/kill them! Plus, I’m WAY too familiar with the havoc cats wreak on gardens. You know your beautiful raised beds? Yeah- they are like big cat littler boxes to them. And what they leave is DISGUSTING (it grows “hair” over our wet winters!!!). I don’t want to trade one problem for another…

  5. Dan says

    I’m with you. I hate mice! No mice allowed! They make me scream like a little girl! I’ve started my own blog http://retrooregon.com/ and can now really appreciate all the work that goes into it. Let alone with a job, too. You need a garden sign that says “NO VOLES ALLOWED” for your garden!

  6. says

    Eeek!! Sounds like you need some cats to help you out! Maybe you can borrow a friends? =0) I’d volunteer my cat but she’s so old and lazy she’d let them live.

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