It all began quite innocently. I've been trying to clean up a little but that usually means I need to be able to move stuff outside and well, as I've mentioned more than once the wind has not been my friend on this...
So, the other day we got a break - yea!
And then as I was shaking all the dirt out from the sheets and blankets on the bed - I found this.
Part of the bottom sheet I use to cover the mattress, etc, was crazy wet with brown crap on it - it's towards the bottom from pic above.
Thinking, hmmm did Freedom do a major pee job that I missed? No way the mouse that has been running around could have done that...
So, I kept digging...
And found black mold...
And kept digging to find white mold...
And a whole lot of moisture. Okay, Freedom clearly didn't do that!
After reading on the internet about causes and cures, as usual lots of different opinions. But since it's not done this the last two winters I am thinking it happened during that snow storm. The bed sits above an empty space with an empty 30 gallon water tank and the difference between cold, wet, and kinda warm made this mess.
I've put some plastic down between the mattress and the wood platform to see which side is causing the problem - but so far it has stayed dry.
The good news is it was a sunny day with no real wind so everything went outside to dry - and it did, eventually. It still isn't very warm.
This below is the mayhem - In the winter I have every blanket I own on some surface trying to keep the cold out!
It's a big deal to "make the bed" which is why I need outside...
Where Freedom spent the day waiting... and waiting.... and waiting for the day to pass. Which he decided to do with multiple dirt rolling. So much for shaking all the dirt out!
So with that project mostly done - just waiting for the water to reform so I know what to do next it is on to the mice.
And quite brazen this little mouse has become. I get less stressed as long as they stay out of my space and behind the walls. That changed the other day and he is all over the place.
The problem? I can't find the mouse traps I bought. So, that is my #1 priority today. He crossed a line and so back out into the cold he goes. I think I have the latest holes plugged, but who knows. This is a battle I don't seem able to win.
I still can't believe I have to spend my time with this kind of thing... but I would rather battle mold and mice than banks, southern California crazy, and commutes. Plus, if I did drive on I could go somewhere warmer and leave these mice behind... to be continued!
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