As the weather is changing and the fields around us are harvested we have seen much mouse activity around the house, before that you could spot the odd mouse in the yard and any one of the buildings but never in the house at least there weren't visible.
We are not unique in this position as our neighbors have also been affected.
It is a wake up call to finally go around the house and close all the mouse holes that have appeared over time and left unchecked. We could have used a spray-in product however we wanted to do it the natural way and used a mixture of loam and straw to seal the holes. This method mirrors the same method that was used to plaster the walls in the first place, it contains no toxins and the materials are sourced locally. The only disadvantage I would say is that it becomes effective when the loam has dried, this is kind of hard to achieve when the mice work to undo the work almost overnight and the loam hasn`t had time to dry yet.
As you may imagine after spending hours walking round the house closing holes the worse feeling is to find one that the mice have opened up again or they have managed somehow to make another hole right next to the one you have just closed... ahhh feels a little bit like a competition of wits.
We certainly want to reduce the mouse traffic and help the cat catch more mice and so we soldier on and keep up stuffing the holes. Setting up traps and hoping for the best.
The next task is to keep an eye on the repaired areas and clear stuff off the floor so that the cat can have a free hunting zone.