Cheap Tricks: Foil That Mouse
While most people battle mice, my mortal enemy is the scorpion. When we first moved here, it seemed we were finding scorpions EVERY DAY. I was not a happy camper. Truth be told, I was ready to move.
|Yes. This is as creepy as it looks. A mother scorpion carrying her brood.|
I might seem tough, but I'm a wuss when it comes to scorpions. They hurt! That's bad enough, but to me the bigger problem is that they are relentless in trying to find a way into your home. They never give up. They're like mini-Terminators with neurotoxins.
They still find a way in occasionally, but our major entry points have now been closed to them thanks to steel wool. It's also excellent for keeping mice out. If you have vermin trouble, try steel wool before resorting to poisons.
What pests do you battle in your part of the country?
Being so small there's no telling where they might be getting in. That's enough to keep me up at night. :(
Black widows and brown widows remain an ongoing problem -- they completely infested our porch one summer -- and almost every year we find coral snakes nesting somewhere in our mulch. We try to spare the non-venomous critters whenever we can, and relocate the pesky ones, but the dangerous ones we do exterminate to protect the kids who live around us and the pets.
Wolf spiders as big as my hand sometimes try to get in the house through the garage. I really don't like killing spiders, but they're very aggressive and will bite. The weird thing about them is they carry their offspring around with them, even after they hatch, so if you spray them with insecticide sometimes hundreds of baby spiders will jump off the Mama. I usually try to sweep them out with a broom into the grass first, and then go for the Raid as the last resort.
One of our neighbors found a water moccasin in her back yard. I really need to be more vigilant. That's one snake I don't want to meet unexpectedly.
Either way, stay safe, especially since you have a baby visiting regularly. I wouldn't want to get tagged by either side of that family tree.