Category Archives: Critters

ANTS, ANTS, ANTS in my PLANTS!

The ants have been TERRIBLE this year. I’ve tried insecticide sprays and Diatomaceous Earth. However those treatments don’t kill the queen so the nest continues. Then someone recommended Terro Ant Baits. I’ve tried baits before without much success. Then a guy from North Carolina posted his photo on Twitter of using one style of Terro bait. So I checked YouTube for similar videos. Surprise! There’s a lot of such videos of ants going nuts over the sugary Borax mixture.

Home Depot only carried the flat indoor-style bait so I bought a box of that style and put them outside. I laid a rock on each to hold them in place. They worked very well as the liquid was depleted within a few days. I found the outdoor stake-style at another store and now have 8 of them in place around the outside of my home where I’ve seen ants. I made this short video of the last stake I put into place. The nest immediately attacked it! I installed the stake on Saturday. Today is Tuesday and I’m seeing only a few stragglers. This Terro bait really works!

Christmas Decorations Look So Pretty

The neighborhoods are looking so pretty with all the Christmas decorations on or around their homes. One of my neighbors put all their decorations up on weekend in November when it was 70°. They were smart. I was still mowing my lawn when they did it. I finally put mine up when it was in the 40’s so it wasn’t too bad. Mother Nature added her touch to the lights to make it extra pretty.
2016 Christmas decorations

I went to Meijers store to buy additional lights. While there I saw a new display that I actually HAD TO HAVE! It’s two dachshunds and it’s Murph approved. The only thing missing is the barking that doxies are known to carry to excess.
Dachshund Christmas light display

The best part of Christmas this year is that we are free to say …
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Canadian Geese Shop in Powell

We frequently see groups of Canadian Geese milling around neighborhood ponds or golf courses. Sometimes they stop traffic as they decide to cross a street, seemingly unaware of the potential to become roadkill. Yesterday I saw a group – gaggle? – of 25 geese at an unlikely place. They were leaving the Chase Bank parking lot, walking toward the construction on Powell Rd. There’s no water nearby as it is all parking lots and stores. Being geese, I wondered if they left “deposits” at the bank. 🙂

Canadian Geese in Powell

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The Murph has a birthday!

My little guy had a birthday today. It’s his 12th! He’s now an “old man” but that’s OK since we’ve grown old together. 🙂 Over the years he’s never lost that “little man attitude”. He still thinks he tough stuff!
Murphy, the dachshund

The Murph doesn’t like being “Home Alone”!

The Murph is happiest when he is with me. Most dogs are like that – they want to be with their humans. Last year I bought a trail camera to record the antics of the midnight raiders – the raccoons. This week I decided to set it up when I had to leave for a meeting. I was gone for close to 3 hours. Murph basically did 3 things the ENTIRE TIME: 1) watched out the window 2) checked the front door 3) howled – which really made me feel guilty! This video isn’t 3 hours long, but edited only to show examples of his behavior.

And to think I thought he probably just slept. Oh well …

It’s Spring … They’re BACK!!!

I noticed “signs” that “something” was eating at the feeders during the night. So I set up the trail camera last night and sure enough the raccoon has returned.
Raccoon at large feeder
I assume the reason the raccoon is looking directly at the camera is that it notices the red infrared lights that glow when the camera detects movement. It adds to the “creepy” factor!