RE: [gardeners] What's in the Basement?

Seyfried,Alice (
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 10:25:13 -0500

Hi Gaye.  Sounds like a mouse to me.  I had a similar situation with a peace
lilly plant I had in my upstairs hallway.  One day I noticed dirt all over
the floor next to it. At first I though my toddler had been playing in it,
so I just cleaned it up.  A few days later I went to water it and it was a
mess again. Then I noticed that there was a hole in the dirt.  When I went
to fill it in, my hand sunk almost to the bottom of the pot (it's a biggy -
probably 15 inches in diameter).  I just knew something was digging.  We got
the mouse traps out and sure enough, within a couple days we had him.
Haven't seen any more digging or holes since.  I would do what ever you can
to keep him from digging in your fig anymore.  From what I've heard, they
love to chew on roots - you could lose your tree (that's probably why it's
sad looking to begin with).

Good luck!

Alice in London, Ohio (zone 6).

-----Original Message-----
From: Gaye Stanton []
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 1999 10:20 AM
Subject: [gardeners] What's in the Basement?

Hi All,
I am delurking to ask a question & hope someone has the answer.  Its
time to start my first seeds of the season, under lights in the
basement.  I moved a sad looking weeping fig down to the basement about
a month ago.  I noticed that the soil had a hole dug in it, I filled it
up & the hole would be back the next time I was in the basement.  I left
it & now something is chewing on a large root in the pot.  Do rats or
mice chew roots?  My basement is only partially dug out & half is still
dirt.  I take my dog w/me to chase off whatever is there.  I don't mind
bugs, love spiders as long as they keep their distance but I'm sorry
rats & mice scare the s--t out of me.  It is time to get the D-Con out
or is it something else.  
I enjoy your conversations even though I don't contribute. I'm sure
everyone is looking forward to spring like I am.  There is snow on the
ground this am so I just enjoy filling my birdbath & filling all my
feeders.  I just recently had my yard registered as a backyard habitat &
it is such a joy on a cold winter morn to have so much activity in my
yard.  I have resisted cleaning up the backyard in the fall for the last
2 years & the bird activity has dramatically increased.  It makes spring
a little busier but what the heck.  
TIA & can't wait to start those seeds (flowers) but would love to know
what varmit is going to be down there w/me.

E TN z6