Friday, March 11, 2011

Snakes

 Although this is definitely not my favorite topic, they do exist.  They do live here in the Hollow and since I've been here, I've learned a lot about the little devils.  Knowing that snakes like rodents, I had this bright idea that if I eliminated the rodents, I would reduce the number of slithery creepy crawlies.  Sounds logical, right?

So, one day when my friend, Lisa from Two Bears Farm stopped by, I was telling her how each morning when I came around the corner of the house I would see a shiny black snake with a ring around it's neck poking his head up out of a hole.  Reassuring me that he was not poisonous, that he was one of the "good" snakes and being oh so knowledgeable in so many things, she suggested that I give Moth Balls a try.  

Since then, every year just like clockwork, early in the Spring, I sprinkle Moth Balls in and around the beds.  Of course, while sprinkling I couldn't help but notice all the holes, so I decided to fumigate them as well.  Dropping balls down there holes, I made my away around the flower beds.  I even spotted this little escape route under the front rain barrel.  Thinking I'd be slick, I droped a few balls down the hole you see on the side of the barrel.

Guess what happened?  A few days later, there were five moth balls pushed out from the entrance!  Some little rascal apparently is fighting me on this.  It's become almost a daily battle.  I pick them up and put them back in the hole of the barrel.  He (and I have to assume it's a male because it's giving me such a hard time) pushes them out of the bottom.  See what I mean?

So, my battle with the snakes, oh now that will have to be another story! 

Did I ever tell you about the time...

P.S.  I'm linking up with Lisa today at Two Bears Farm for her Memory Lane Fridays.  I haven't been there in a while so I've been missing out.  Stop by. She'd like that.

12 comments:

Gail said...

I knew mothballs worked to keep dogs and cats out of flower beds but snakes...that is good news.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Hee hee. Wonder who's down in that hole.

Jane said...

You have a very determined resident,I also wonder who he is hum,a bit of a mystery. If you learn his identity keep us informed. Blessings jane

texwisgirl said...

My MIL tossed moth balls all under and around our deck and porch one year as she was worried about our snakes. The fumes were so strong, we couldn't sit out there and enjoy the deck for weeks! I still laugh when I think about that!

Jack said...

He (and I have to assume it's a male because it's giving me such a hard time)

Hey now, women are pretty darn determined in their own way too.

Sonya Heilmann said...

Your little adversary is giving you a run for your money.

forestwalk/laura k said...

snakes!! yay!! :D

mothballs?? snakes? never heard of that one! i don't think a snake would be pushing mothballs out...must be some other critter...ooooh! can't wait to hear what happens with your further investigation! :]

Angela said...

That's funny JP! I have put out moth balls to keep the lizards off the front porch. I put too many out and I couldn't sit there from the smell of them! It did keep the lizards away! :) I haven't put any out since we got Jazz. I'm afraid she might try to eat them! lol Corgi's will eat anything. They are always hungry.

Have a Great Weekend!
Angela

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - I'm confused - what was in that barrel?

sandie

Debra said...

Adorable! I think you're right. It was a male:)
Love your charming site, JP. And I will be back.
Blessings,
~ Debra

Cathy said...

Snakes are not my favorite creature either... Going anywhere near that barrel would be out of the question for me. You're a brave gal!

gld said...

We all need to know! What is in that barrel?

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