[NAFEX] mouse story (was Mulching Fruit Trees)
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 7 09:54:19 EDT 2006
White-footed mice, that is. They are 90% or more of what I trap indoors.
The story is, all those nice apple & pear & even the Amelelanchier trays of
seed were beginning to germinate. I was to be away for a long weekend in
which night freezes were forecast. I opted to put the trays into a south- &
west-lit room. I also snapped all the mousetraps, because I didn't want to
return to 3-day dead mice, and I hadn't caught any in 6 weeks anyway.
I returned to trays 50% or more destroyed. Most of the emerged seedlings
had the tops clipped off, and many dug holes where other seedlings should
have been. Loss will probably be 75-80%-- BEFORE any losses to seedling
And one dead white-footed mouse in the one trap I forgot to disable. I did
not mourn its passing.
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Thomas Olenio" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Mulching Fruit Trees
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 08:40:08 -0400
Three inches of mulch is not the same as bales of hay.
I wouldn't use hay bales though. They attract mice.
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