Shock Horror

Just bought Wm


Mike appeared in the kitchen carrying a white plastic bag. “I’ve made a purchase.”

A shirt emerged from the bag but, no, that was not the purchase. Nor the jubilee clips. There was also a big red box with a nice picture of a mouse on the side. It was at this point that the pleasantries ended.

‘Electronic Mouse Killer’
‘Guaranteed Effective’
‘Easy to remove dead mice’

It is apparently going to get a test run in the tool shed. Oh dear.


In other news:


Mesh 3 Wm


The Pheasant Defence System has been upgraded.

chez rusty duck 1     Pheasants 0


Window feeder Wm


The window mounted bird feeder has been nobbled.

chez rusty duck 0     Squirrels 1


2017-11-10T17:17:02+00:00March 10th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |


  1. John March 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    How do these little contraptions work?

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      The mouse entering the trap completes the circuit between two metal plates… it’s supposed to be instantaneous and therefore humane. There’s also a rat sized version (but expensive). Both are battery operated, though I think only suitable for indoor or outhouse use. I don’t like the idea, but better than poison.

  2. Em March 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I look forward to an update on that! Like the new defense system. Looks like a Martello Tower!

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      It looks to me like my border has just sprouted two enormous hat boxes!

  3. Cumbrian March 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Does it work on grey squirrels? Or agressive pheasants?

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t put it past a squirrel to try and get in. More fool it.

  4. CherryPie March 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Your garden creatures do seem to try your skills at keeping them at bay! I wonder how you will get on with your red box…

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      I will let you know!

  5. Sue March 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    It’s a war of attrition chez Rusty Duck isn’t it?

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Exactly Sue.
      They all have greater resources when it comes to boots on the ground. But I have Google..

  6. Judith March 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I would like to bet 10 years ago you didn’t imagine your OH coming home with a carrier with those contents and being excited about them. I hope the trap is effective!

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      I’d much rather we didn’t have to resort to killing them. But they are doing so much damage, and breed so fast… last year we were overrun!

  7. BadPenny March 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Oh dear. I can’t help but giggle at your score board.

    I can’t think what to say about the mice – we’ve only ever had a rat problem & called in the big guns – the rat man.
    With four cats, the only mice I see are dead or nearly dead & it’s a little upsetting as they are dear little field mice.

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      I suspect they are ‘latest scores’ Penny, they’ll all be back!

  8. haggiz March 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    So the mice will be the decider on the scoreboard… I heard on the grapevine they’ve gone out and bought rubber shoes. Julie x

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      And the slugs. That battle has yet to commence!
      I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if the mice manage to find a way out of this trap too..

  9. Countryside Tales March 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Oh dear Jessica- the war is really on now isn’t it? Anti-ptolemy device looks rather chic, bird feeder rather sorry for itself, and mice destruction apparatus rather scary! CTx

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      Anti-Ptolemy device was a necessity – he had worked out how to pull flowers through the previous version. Now the beak doesn’t quite reach..

  10. Sarah March 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    I’m glad you are on the winning side at the moment, hope it contines!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      Hanging on by a thread..

  11. Jacqueline March 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Oh dear Jessica,
    Those pesky squirrels are so much cleverer than we think !! At least you’ve got a handle on the pheasants !!!!
    ……… and the mice …….. all part of country living !! XXXX

    • Jessica March 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      I only have a handle on the pheasants by covering the garden with chicken wire. Will it catch on at Chelsea? Come to think of it, maybe yes!

  12. elizabethm March 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Ian got really serious about the squirrel war and bought a gun, practised and learnt to be really very accurate. As far as I can see he hits the squirrels, they appear to fall and then leap up and run away laughing. They must have skulls of steel. I know I don’t sound like an animal lover but I am really. You ought to see our molehills too, each one about three foot high and topped with barbed wire and a look out post. Sorry, getting silly now.

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Your image of the molehills did make me laugh! So far, not too many of those here yet..
      I too am an animal lover and battling with the wildlife causes me an awful lot of trouble. But it has got to the point, especially with the mice, where it is them or us – literally!

  13. steph March 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that your ‘guaranteed’ contraption is better than my ‘guaranteed’ squirrel proof bird feeder. I can’t quite get my head around the little mini mouse electric chair, but even the few we’ve battled in the pantry really reek havoc. It’s an ugly job—but someone’s got to do it!

    (Like the upgrade!!! in the garden. Looking good. Well, as good as it gets for caged stuff!)

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 9:51 am - Reply

      So far the pheasant cage is working, although pretty it isn’t. I’m still waiting for them to overturn it, but it is pinned to the ground with the heavy duty pegs that hold a fruit cage down!

  14. Brismod March 11, 2013 at 1:12 am - Reply

    I hope they work. There is nothing nice about being over run by mice. With all the wet weather we’ve been having there has been more pest rat and snake activity… Yikes! It just makes me shudder. Good luck with it all. xx

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Thanks.. it does sound as though it has been wet over there. Snakes, oh lord!

  15. Ali March 11, 2013 at 6:47 am - Reply

    If your mice are as clever as your squirrels, they’ll have re-routed the circuitry in no time. Rubber shoes when you go to check it!

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Ali, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. They worked out how to escape the last type of trap.
      The deal is though, Mike wanted the zappers so he can empty them!

  16. Anne March 11, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Hope it works. We have “something in the woodshed” – the dog is obsessed with getting to the back and under the pile of chewed looking logs. I’m less than keen to move the last few logs for fear of what might emerge.

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Ooh-er… very Cold Comfort!

  17. Sue March 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Let’s hope they’re not wearing rubber soled wellies 🙂

    Good luck, you really do have to do something.

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      I know. Perhaps, like the slugs, nip it in the bud before the breeding season gets going!

  18. Rosie March 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Like you, I don’t like to think about the poor little mice but I guess it has to be done. I wonder what the pheasants make of those new anti -theft devises? We’ve had a few squirrels around our garden and I really don’t want to think about slugs yet! Thankfully no pheasants or mice though:)

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      They have had a good look around them, but the Fritillaries are flowering now.. beaks don’t reach through! Although Mike has threatened to put Ptolemy & friend INSIDE one of the ‘cages’ if there is any more trouble..

  19. Josephine March 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Ooh dear, there’s trouble a’th mill…..
    Your dreamy little cottage hideaway has transformed into the Little Shop Of Horrors !
    Remember after the game is over, the pawn and king all go back in the same box 😉

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      I will make sure they know that it was all Mike’s idea Jo.

  20. Jo March 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I wondered what would happen now that the squirrels had found the window feeder, I’ve got my answer. I’m glad we don’t tend to get squirrels around here, though they are cute.

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      I’m thinking of putting it back on a first floor window. See what they make of that..

  21. rachel March 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Upping the anti! It’s going to be shotguns next, I just know it…..

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Photon torpedoes..

  22. Simone March 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    At least you’re beating the pheasants!!!

    • Jessica March 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      So far..!

  23. snowbird March 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Yikes…..the mice will be running for the hills! Loved the plant upgrade!!! lol…..hopefully subscribed now!!!xxxxx

    • Jessica March 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      I hope so.. running away is good!
      You are subscribed. Welcome aboard and thanks!

  24. Natalie March 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    We finally got fed up with our mouse situation, and put one of those electric traps under our kitchen sink. Works great! We had been using a humane trap, but a lot of the mice were smart enough to get back out of it, and things were getting out of control. You’d never know we have four cats!!!

    • Jessica March 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      It seems to be working for us too, although I don’t like it one bit. We had the same problem with the humane traps, shame, it would be a lot easier on the conscience. But without some sort of control we would be overrun.

  25. My Life In Sweden March 23, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I love The Pheasant Defence System! Hehe. That might work for my mum to have around her big flower pots inside, because my dog Lisen has now figured out that she can dig and bury bones in the dirt there. Lol! I think it’s funny, my mum does not… Hehe.

    • Jessica March 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Naughty dog!!!!

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