Hazards of Being a Mouse

Before washing the bedroom windows, I moved the garden tool rack and a bunch of clutter away… only to find a remarkable amount of litter below the plastic base:

Litter under garden tool rack
Litter under garden tool rack

One of those lumps consisted of tightly packed fluff, much like the mouse nest inside the barbie a few years ago, so this was surely a winter home.

But it seems at least one mouse didn’t make it through the winter:

Dessicated mouse under tool rack
Dessicated mouse under tool rack

Given its dessicated nature, I think the poor critter probably expired during the depths of the winter freeze.

9 thoughts on “Hazards of Being a Mouse

  1. I had a similar experience. I was cleaning out the basement lab in preparation for moving, and decided to strip an old printer for parts. However, said printer was full of fluff and droppings – apparently a mouse had made it a home. And, within the fluff was a mummified mouse. I didn’t salvage much from that printer.

  2. Yeah, I get mice in odd places. Both trucks have hardware cloth screens (1/4″ mesh) in the airboxes to prevent fresh nests, and we now keep the hoods open when the vehicles are in the garage.

    My “large item” safe has a hole(now plugged) for a Goldenrod dehumidifier/heater. Mama mouse set up shop, but investigated a 5 gallon bucket and got stuck, so I had to deal with the mostly dead mouslings in the safe. I’ve found nests with pellets of D-con mouse bait in the barn. Lost a few rolled-up rugs that way.

    My current problem is carpenter ants in the greenhouse. They won’t eat the wood, and they’ll leave the plants alone, but their bite is annoying, so I have to look into veggie-safe control. (Boric acid baits look attractive, so far.) I had two 10 gallon pots stacked for the winter on a bed, and when separated, found the makings of a primary nest, complete with pupae for queens and males. Evicted same.

    1. we now keep the hoods open

      Ah, so the dawgs can get all comfy atop those nice warm engines during the winter… [grin]

      1. Nah, they’re smarter than that. [grin] In the months associated with Winter (approximately Sept through mid June*), if the faux-woodstove (really propane) is on, they’ll be found with a paw or head on the hearth. Trucks are only interesting if they have to go to the vet (who they love–go figure), or if chipmunks take shelter in the undercarriage.

        * Stealing a joke about Michigan: We have 4 seasons: Almost-Winter, Winter, Still-Winter, and Construction (or Fire, depending on the year). I just turned the pilot off the FWS yesterday. It got used the day before. Guess I need to switch the ceiling fan to the short-season direction.

        Besides, it’s cats that nap on engines, or hoods :-)

  3. I once had a less disturbing-looking find. A kind of round bowl in the garage had a mouse skeleton in it. It wasn’t even half as creepy as a dried-out frog or mouse. (If you want to see pictures of the frog, just ask. ;P)

    1. want to see pictures of the frog

      No, that’s OK. Really, I’m fine with not knowing more…

  4. I have a late 70’s Husqvarna dirt bike in my garage that hasn’t been run in decades, but I can’t seem to bear parting with. I took the air cleaner cover off years ago to discover a mouse had used it for it’s home. Surprisingly, the mouse had almost complete eaten the foam air cleaner element which had been soaked in two-stroke oil! Who knows? We put oil on our salad, right?

    1. We put oil on our salad, right?

      Carbohydrates, hydrocarbons, they’re all tasty!

      As nearly as I can tell, mice will at least nibble on anything, perhaps to discover if it’s edible or nest-able. Most things are, alas…

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