Not wishing to diminish the importance of our other staff, but champion mouser, Jordi is our MVP (Most Valuable Player).
Before winter, there were so many mice scurrying from my rotary hoe, that there was little doubt that my fields were home to thousands. On the edge of those fields is my drying shed. Amongst my dried flowers are edibles such as wheat, linseed, and safflower. What could be better for a mouse seeking food and shelter on a chilly night?
Jordi has full responsibility for preventing mouse mayhem. He lives in the shed. I occasionally spot him on a high shelf like the Cheshire cat in Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Sometimes after dark I encounter him outside. On those occasions I’ll give him a scratch and he reciprocates with multiple rubs against my legs. Other-wise Jordi keeps a solitary vigil. I set mouse traps, but except for a couple of weeks ago when the serious rain started, my traps have never caught anything.
Jordi maintains secure borders. I have never seen him in action, but his efficacy is beyond question.