Beavers, mice and ticks…. oh my!


  • Beavers    11 caught and removed, but there may be more
  • Mice          3 caught, and there may be more
  • Ticks         3 removed

Our battles fending off the wildlife continues around here.  We win some and feel in control for a few days.  Then the odds shift and we are caught unaware and defenseless.  We regroup.  More traps are set and  the dog’s prescription for Revolution is extended and we feel safe again, for a moment.

Last week I took Molly to the vets for a booster shot.  Within one minute the vet was reaching for her tick remover.  The doctor pointed out two very large ticks on Molly’s forehead.  OMG.  Why had I not noticed them?  They were huge, the size of an aspirin capsule.   Poor Molly.    I regularly pat her on the head, perhaps ten times a day.  How could I not have noticed. We renewed Molly’s prescription for Revolution. 

On Friday night a confident little mouse ran right in front of us as we sat watching TV.  Again we were shocked.  The nerve. Out came the peanut butter and two mouse traps were set along the baseboard.  Last night I was woken out of a sound sleep by my daughter screaming.  Apparently the mouse had been caught.  Unfortunately  “Little Mighty” was only attached to the trap by his tail.  He thrashed about and made a hell of a lot of noise dragging the trap around with him.  It was horrible.   We brought out the BBQ tongs and oven mitts but Sarah and I were too nervous to go close to this suffering little creature.  He might bite us or, god forbid, run up our sleeves and get under our clothes.   Instead we  went to bed, pulling the pillow up over our ears so we couldn’t hear a thing.  

This morning the trap was empty.  “Little Mighty” had escaped only to terrorize us again at a future date.

The hired  trapper has removed seven large beavers from our waterfront.  He thinks that is the end of them.  The traps were pulled out yesterday.  When I took a walk down by the water this morning I noticed that something had moved a fallen tree.  It is being dragged towards the water.   

To be continued……..

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About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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2 Responses to Beavers, mice and ticks…. oh my!

  1. Sandi Nicholls says:

    SEVEN ???!?!!? Good grief. That explains a lot. As to your mouse story, I would have been no better. I’m terribly squeamish when it comes to this stuff. The one time I caught one live, took it outside and it promptly ran up the brick wall and back into the house !

  2. Rev. Marilyn says:

    Save yourself a ton of money and get a cat. Your mouse problems will be over in no time. We had the same problem when we moved to Brickyard Line. Aaron and Paul removed 15 mice one day while renovating before we moved in. The cat did the rest. Never saw another mouse.

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