Best Way to get rid of Groundhogs - Skunks, Mice and Snakes
Uninvited Guests - critters that came with the house
Hubby and I were so excited we were closing on our first home. Little did we know that the house came with critters?
We went to the closing on our new home and the lender told us if it cost a dollar more we would not have gotten the loan. I can believe that. The day when we walked out after the closing, we could not even afford a cup of coffee between us. But we had our home.
Our first uninvited guest
Unlocking the door to a new house is a feeling like no other.
We came by on the way to the closing to do a final walk through before signing on our new home, we also dropped off cleaning supplies, brooms and mop.
The upstairs was finished Living room, kitchen and three bedrooms. Only the family room downstairs was unfinished.
As soon as we walked in the door, I could smell the heat. You know the smell you get the first time you turn the heat on? It was a cool day even for September, and I was glad the builder had been there to turn on the furnace.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw a steak run for the studding and up the 2X4, Hubby saw it too and reached for the broom. The field mouse leaped from the top of the stud in Hubby's direction and Hubby stabbed the poor little critter with the sharp bristles of the broom. This brought back memories of another time and place, to be told later.
Our first uninvited guest was evicted.
What do you get when watering freshly laid sod?
Two days after we closed on our house was beautiful, warm and sunny, It was Sunday and we were going to church and out to a restaurant, before that we were going outside to water the newly laid sod in the front yard and seeded back yard.
I looked at the two foot wide strip between the sidewalk and the garage, thinking what am I going to plant here, when I noticed a hole about seven inches in diameter. Yelling to hubby “There is a hole beside the garage.” Stick the hose down in it and turn the water on, he yelled back.
I stuck the end of the hose in the hole and turned the water on. Suddenly a head pops out of the hole, a muddy wet head with body and legs attached headed for the back yard, and right for my husband, when the mud in its eye finally clears and it sees my husband, it did an about face and headed toward me, then another about face back toward my husband, like a ping pong ball…
Watering the seeded back yard.
We will chase it into the corn field
Hubby yelled for me move back and let it go past me and he would go around me and we would chase it across the street and into the corn field.
I jumped back as the ping pong ball headed my way, and seeing the wide path it streaked past me and headed for the front yard.
With our cars parked side by side, the muddy head ran under my car, I knelt down and looked under my car and could not see it. Hubby appeared from the other side of the house and he did not see it, thinking it must have run under Hubby’s car.
The shake-down and out
Hubby told me to park my car on the opposite side of the street and we would go for a ride in his car to see if we could shake it out.
We get into Hubby’s little fiat sports car.
We drove to a street where we knew it would be rough with lots of pot holes, just as we went over the railroad tracks….bang, bang, bang… it seemed like the tail pipe was loose and was banging, then just as quickly the banging stopped. We thought the big muddy head had been shaken out and we drove home.
Hubby parked his car in the same spot where it had been before. I went across the street to park my Grand Torino Sport back on the driveway.
The fur flew - what I thought was fur
I opened the door got into my car and turned the key, the car seemed to choke and what looked fur was flying from underneath the car. I thought OMG, it was inside my car and I’ve killed it.
I got out of the car just as hubby was crossing the street to see what was taking me so long, I opened the hood, expecting to see a bloody mess. But as I lifted the hood the big muddy head with body and legs attached leaped from the car and ran off into the corn field.
What happened? The groundhog had gone up into the engine compartment and while we were out driving Hubby’s car, the ground hog had tried to get out through the hood and shredded the insulation.
I am glad the groundhog was not killed, and hope he was not injured badly.
The second uninvited guest was evicted, not exactly the way we intended.
The Cub Cadet was Delivered
When we moved into our home in Texas, we decided that we needed a tractor because; neighbors were asking my husband to mow their vacant lots that were around us.
At the time Lawn Land sold Cub Cadet Tractors, now they sell John Deere.
We purchased the Cub Cadet and the belly mower came with it. A belly mower is very good for lawns but not good for brush and high grasses or weeds, so we also bought a brush hog. A brush hog is a heaver duty mower that is attached to the PTO 3 point hitch in the rear.
Our beautiful new tractor was delivered within a few days. Hubby was a city boy and this would be his first time driving a tractor. I drove it first around our property line, and then hubby took over and mowed down Aerobic System sprinkler heads, which had to be replaced.
Hubby detached the belly mower and put it beside the shed, and attached the brush hog.
The Cub Cadet
Something is living under there
After a couple of weeks the grass needed to be cut and I was using the weed whacker along the side by the belly mower, when I noticed tracks around the belly mower. Something is living under the belly mower, I yelled to hubby.
I thought raccoons, but I had not seen any around here before.
My friend Donna told me about how they kept raccoons away from their tent by putting ammonia soaked rags near... So, I got some rags and soaked them with ammonia and put them under the edge of the belly mower.
The next morning the rags had been pulled away from the belly mower.
I will shag it out!
Hubby said I will shag it out, and proceeded to jump up and down on the belly mower and bang on it, when nothing happened, he said maybe it moved out, and we went on with our yard work and thought nothing more about it.
A few days later as I was washing our supper dishes, the sun was just going down, when movement caught my attention and crossing our yard was a skunk we watched as it crossed the road and disappeared into the grove of Mesquite trees. We both said at the same time "I wonder if that is what is living under the belly mower?"
The next morning we watched as the skunk came back across the road and went around the side of the shed. Why didn't it come out when I was jumping on the belly mower and banging on it? Hubby asked. You are just fortunate, I replied.
We both said at the same time, "maybe she is going to have babies." I have to move the mower so she does not have babies under there.
The following day hubby planned to move the mower as soon as the she left. He drove the car out on the vacant lot so he could see when she left from under the mower but he did not see the skunk.
Thinking maybe the skunk had moved on, we went on about our business. When a few days later, again near dark I was looking out and saw the skunk cross our yard, the road and disappear into the Mesquite.
Hubby was tired and did not want to go back out and move the mower.
The following day we saw the skunk come back... So again hubby waited in the car. This time we were shocked to see the skunk came out, followed closely by five little stinkers.
Hubby very quickly re-parked the car, took the tractor and dragged the mower out away from the shed. We never saw the skunk again.
This was in the shed
I can't believe what was in the shed
Sometime after the ordeal with the skunk, it was getting late and we were putting our tools away, I had finished and was going into the house and hubby was putting the lawnmower into the shed, and all of a sudden I heard him whistle, an alarming whistle.
I ran around the house and saw hubby standing in the door and he had a stick and I could see he was holding something down, he saw me and yelled snake. I ran to the shed and grabbed the hoe and we got it out of the shed. I don't know if it was dead or not, but I got it on a shovel and took it across the road and threw it into the Mesquite trees for the coyotes.
While Hubby was mowing the neighbor's lot I had a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Mallard
© 2013 Shyron E Shenko