OMG, I started cleaning on the last section of basement storage and it was semi-tough. The big Shop vac has been outstanding for getting rid of the mouse poo but getting rid of urine smell and general nastiness takes a bit more effort. Overall Mom was correct, cleaning up, storing any food sources in hard bins and trapping. Washing the walls down with a bleach cleaner really help killed the bad odors and interrupted the mouse travel paths. Not perfect yet but with the new shelving and moving the food around and cleaning off the exterior packaging we are making good progress on eliminating the mice and odors.
I have a roach problem but like mice the solution is simple if not easy. I have spread around some DE and I’m removing all potential food or water sources. I’ll check out the local suppliers for “Roach killers” I want to try and correct the problem myself first and then call the exterminators if I fail.
I’m very peeved about the state of my siding and it must be replaced. I know all about a home needing maintenance but this was a screw up from start. Such is life and it is not fair at all. So suck it up buttercup and make thing correct. I love this house with all it’s assorted problems. You pay now or you pay later. I’m not good with that “paying later idea” as it gets expensive.
Good things happening! The plants seemed to have adapted to the hot weather. The new arctive cove mister fan is working great for cooling the chickens without “puddling” and many small birds love getting a little water spritz in the “chicken pen”. The plants in the garden seem to have toughened up to 100 degree F. temps and no longer require the canvas tarps to shade the plants.
At this point it all about maintaining and killing the vermin safely. I screwed up and got complacent about food storage. Learn fom my mistakes and do it right the first time. If you don’t you can always be like me playing catch up. I don’t recommend that mindset.