Gotcha This Time

We’ve been trying to trap a groundhog that lives under our shed.

There must be a maze of tunnels under the shed.

We tried last year and never caught him.

We caught this opossum first.

But we did nail an opossum earlier this spring.

After weeks of baiting a humane trap we finally caught a groundhog.

Last night the groundhog finally got curious enough to see what the metal-cage-baited-with-fruit was all about.

The trap in my car.

Charlie covered the cage with a sheet and lifted it into the back of my car.

When I tried to take his picture the groundhog hid his face under the sheet.

And we let it go into the woods some miles from our house.  Hoping he finds a lovely new place to live.

I’m sure there’s a network of tunnels under the shed.

Next task: fill in the holes under the shed.

What pest would you like to be rid of?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Gotcha This Time”

  1. There’s nothing better than success at eliminating a long standing problem! As far as I know I’m in good shape regarding pests and I hope those are not famous last words. I do have monthly visits from pest control and semi-yearly visits for termite control.

  2. Update after working outside today – ANTS! Especially fire ants! And I’m finding small holes in the yard – chipmunks? Three cats hang around out there – two of mine and a neighbor’s cat. What’s the deal? My yard should not have any burrowing animals if they were earning their keep.

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