Patience is also a form of action. ~Auguste Rodin, French sculptor
Meet my newest ally in an ongoing Battle against the Critters:
Ever since our temps warmed up, I’ve noticed “droppings” tucked away in one corner of the front porch (you can see them in the photo — those little black dots behind my snake’s tail-end).
When I watered the shrubs and plants, I’d hose off the mess, solving the problem…until the next time, which like as not was the very next day.
Finally, I got infuriated and asked a friend how to prevent unknown critters from using our porch as their coffee klatch. She recommended I bring in a fake snake, as that worked for her.
(Isn’t he cute??)
He’s only been on duty a few days now, but his presence seems to be working.
The amount of “poop” in the corner hasn’t increased, leading me to believe he’s doing something right.
For sure, he frightens me whenever I catch sight of him!
As for what kind of critters we’re battling, I have no clue. Could be raccoons. Could be possums, rabbits, squirrels…the list goes on.
Not that I want to slay the interlopers. I merely want them to move their party down the block, far from where I live (and take their droppings with them!)
Because wild things often carry diseases. They bring their friends. They take over.
I considered other options, including spending the night on the porch and shooing them off myself.
All Severus has to do is lie there, looking ferocious.
With his tongue splayed and his tail slightly erect.
Waiting to pounce.
Patience is a virtue, and Severus has plenty of it.
But just to be on the safe side, I bought a bright green companion snake and set her up on the patio.
In case Severus runs the front yard critters to the back.
As long as the neighbor kids don’t think I’m giving away free toys, Severus and Shamrock can peacefully go about their jobs.
I’m good with that.