I live in the woods, so I expect the occasional rodent in the house. As a rule, I keep several bait trays strategically located throughout the house. When I first moved out here, I used to keep mouse traps baited with peanut butter, but after witnessing the cruel results of their evil intent, I switched from those medieval devices to poison.
Yesterday, I noticed that the bait trays I laid out several weeks ago, where completely empty! That's a sure sign of a new mice infestation, so I put out several more brand new trays. Well..........I got up this morning, and lo and behold, the bait tray in the kitchen was completely empty! So, into the utility room I went, only to discover that one was totally empty too! I've never seen them emptied so fast. Now I'm worried, because mice infestations attract snakes, and out here in the woods, besides the occasional harmless black snake, that means copperheads! Last spring, I read about the son of a local resident, getting bitten on the foot by a copperhead inside of his house, as he descended the stairs from his bedroom one morning. His father hearing his screams, was bitten too, as he descended those same stairs, and encountered the fangs of the very same serpent at the bottom of the steps!
I've yet to see a copperhead in the house, but I have seen the shed skin of a huge black snake, hanging from the vinyl siding on the corner of the house. Later, while cutting grass one summer, I saw him! He was black and shiny, about three inches in diameter, and at least six feet long! Still.....a black snake is harmless, unless you mess with him, and then he can deliver a nasty bite, but a copperhead on the other hand, will lie there looking just like a fallen branch, and strike without warning, when you get too close. Copperheads have a very nasty venom. A few years ago, a local woman nearly lost her leg, when she was mowing her lawn with a lawn tractor, and the tread of the rear wheel picked up a copperhead, and rolled it up onto her thigh.
On a lighter note, let us all rejoice!, For the weekend is at hand, and our dear Chrissie is off to her first Sparkle, after 20 years in drab! Oh, how I wish I could be there with her!
Have a wonderful weekend everybody,