Greenhouse Gardening Small-Medium-Large Dream or Nightmare?
Nightmare right now. Was gone for a bit and was out assessing the rodent damage. Hundreds of rhizomes ripped out of pots with teeth marks in them. They seem to have sampled half of what I had out there in over the course of two weeks. Evidently the mice are coming up through the floor drains in the concrete and they had a field day while I was gone. I can't get over how they are able to squeeze through the little grids to the floor drains. They can't be much bigger than 1" x 1". They've got to be coming in through the floor drains otherwise they're scaling the outer walls to get in the exhausts or the intakes.
My cats are all indoor only slugs. They do absolutely nothing if a mouse gets in the house so plopping a few of my worthless old house cats out in the greenhouse would be a pointless exercise. I do have one dog that would eat a mouse but he'd also destroy every plant in his path getting at a mouse so tossing that thing out there would create more problems. I've got one mouse zapper out there right now baited with peanut butter but so far nothing has ventured in it... they're obviously finding the smorgasbord I've provided them considerably more appealing than the peanut butter. I won't use poisons on the mice. These mice would crawl off to die a horrible death and then get gobbled up by another animal and the poison would get two for one. The thought of a sticky tape or a snap trap bothers me as they're not exactly quick deaths so those are out. I'm ok with humanely destroying the mice though but it's got to be quick. Trapping them and relocating them didn't work.
Am going to have to deal with this somehow even if it means placing hardware cloth over the drains held down by rocks until somebody can hopefully tell me what to do about this. I've had an opossum out there but never mice. The opossum just played dead until I left then sauntered off. He did no damage other than to eat some left over snack food out there.
Have you any suggestions Dom Nizza?