Useless information would have been a great title for my blog since I am always spewing out random and ....well...useless information! But you are still here reading so you must be interested in my silliness.
You will remember that my friend "Ryan the pest control man" went to the "new" house weekend before last and.... well let's just say my carbon footprint got bigger because I paid him money to dump lots of chemical in and around the house. Good news (?) is that this past weekend when we were there I saw 2 dead scorpions! Dead is the operative word there. So the chemicals are indeed doing their job.
Now that I have my scorpion fear somewhat under control, it is time to move on to rattlesnakes. I have not seen a rattlesnake yet. Yet. I am not going down without a fight. I have been attacking every local I come in contact with, picking their brain for the best way to keep those sons of bucks away from the house.
You know what they say?....
So the first place I go to generously spread moth balls is this scary place....Uh-uh, it is the shed where the pool pump is. My mind envisions all manner of creepy crawlies in there. I'll be danged if I am going to walk in there to find a snake, have a heart attack and die on the spot before even being able to enjoy our pool.
So I liberally tossed about the moth balls in there. It looks like a hail storm came through the pump shack. It's all about my peace of mind people.
I then also tossed some under porches. Not enough mind you, but I plan on buying a box or two every time I go to the store. I know one thing, there won't be a moth within 600 miles of my house!
The other weapon against the war on snakes is cats. We have who knows how many barn cats here, and 3 of them just had babies. So we have the cat thing handled. I just have to figure out how to capture the little buggers AND move them to our new house 90 miles away. I don't know if the cats eat the snakes or if the cats eat the mice that the snakes are hunting. I don't really care as long as it works.
People have also said that just the movement of having animals around keeps the snakes away. So between horses, cats, dogs and moth balls I will have done all I can do.
This wild little badger running around is sure to scare the snakes off...
Oh wait....once they see that it is.......an Oscar Mayer product with legs, all bets are off.
Until they see it start running around like a wild rabid maniac.......they hopefully will turn the other way.
Missy's other purpose, besides scaring snakes off with her spastic ways, is to be a walking billboard of my paint color choices.Here she is sporting a lovely blob of "Cotton Balls" by Benjamin Moore, which incidentally is the color I chose for trim and doors. It looks great on her and you should see it on wood!