DEAD OR ALIVE
Yes, it’s you I’m talking to Woodchuck. Your crime? Crimes against humanity. Crimes against a garden, it’s owner and all the vegetables and flowers you’ve destroyed. After what you’ve done while I was on vacation means that I have to take our battle up a notch. It’s me versus you. Man versus beast. One of us has to go and it’s not going to be me…..I have way too many things that I’d have to pack. I knew something was up in my garden and now I am keenly aware that it is not a slug problem. How do I know it’s you, Woodchuck? It all starts the morning after my return from Las Vegas and a walk back to the garden. These are the green beans that I saw and now grow. No slug could do this. I found the hole you dug under the fence and looked at all your destruction.
YOU GOTS TO GO!!
As someone who loves to garden, seeing my garden in bad shape was pretty devastating. I tried to stop the damage early, as many of you have read, and thought that I had been successful. Between the fence, the company that came and set traps and moved animals to another location and the various slug removal ideas made it look like I was beyond the destruction that had been occurring. I felt so smart!! Well, that is not the case anymore. I’m taking matters into my own hands. I am going to become my own Daniel Boone and catch Woodchuck on my own.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
How? I bought a woodchuck sized Havahart trap. I saw how the firm that came early this season set their trap up. They put their trap inside a black contractor’s garbage bag. Makes it look less like a trap and more like a dark little tunnel to those smart woodchuck critters. I can do that. They filled it with onions. I’m going to do one better….I have read a number of internet articles and I’m filling my trap with ripe cantaloupe, sliced onions and seafood flavored cat chow. I am going to put the food in the front of the trap, in the middle of the trap and then in the back so that when Woodchuck gets back there, it will trip the lever and the door will come down and trap it. I’ve decided that on Friday and Saturday night, I will not set the trap, but fill it with food. Woodchuck will come both days and eat the food and get used to the set up. Then I’ll set it on Sunday and hope that Woodchuck feels comfortable going inside the trap and then I’ll get it.
I WILL WIN!!
Right now, I’m pretty sure I will be able to remove the cage if I catch Woodchuck and open it far away from Glen Road so that the animal can get out. Well, let’s say I’m 75% sure I can do this. I have never really liked critters, so there is always the small chance I will need someone else to do it. I’m feeling confident though since I know that if I can’t do this, then my garden will be done for this season (if it isn’t already!).
DOWN WITH WOODCHUCKS
I’m more concerned about Woodchuck getting aggressive with me than I am about overcoming my fear of critters. I think I’m pretty smart, but reading on the internet about woodchucks makes me believe they are smart too. What if Woodchuck tries to trap me?!?! Here’s hoping I’m working against a dumb woodchuck versus a smart one. I’ll keep you posted…………..