Sunday, May 31, 2009

Another Hidden Cost of Stuff

I signed up for the rewards program with my closest hardware store, Ace. They sent me a birthday present of 2500 reward points on my next purchase. Since the offer was going to expire on the 31st, I stopped by the store and bought some glue traps. You see, there are pack rats in my garage and mice have invaded my RV so I checked on my shed last week. No rodents at all. There were, however, spiders. Brown spiders which could possibly be the poisonous Brown Recluse but then I didn't really get that close to check them out. And after I stomped them there wasn't enough of them left to see if they had the tell-tale violin marking of the Recluse.

Anyway, when I was trying to think of something to buy so that I could get my reward points which, by the way, will get me $5 off at a later date, I decided to buy glue traps to, hopefully, keep the spider population in my shed to a minimum. These glue traps cost $9! There has got to be a cheaper way to control spiders. I suppose giving away the stuff in the shed would work. Then I wouldn't need glue traps. In the past few months I have spent around $40 on bait, traps, poison, repellent and steel wool to block the mouse holes. That's a lot of money to keep my stuff protected.

I guess I need to accept the fact that stuff is not cheap, even if it just sits there, it is still costing me money.


Over the Cubicle Wall said...

You could get a couple of chickens to eat the spiders, but then you would have to take care of chickens. Do lizards eat spiders?

Daizy said...

Ha, I do want chickens but unfortunately the spiders don't hang out where the chickens could get them. They were mostly under the trash bags full of bedding. I really should give that stuff away. Lizards would work! Centipedes might work too.

Big Sis said...

You might try moving your stuff around more often so the spiders did not have time to gather. Eventually you would get sick of this and give it all away.

Daizy said...

Thanks for the suggestion Big Sis but I don't plan on going in the shed until the Fall. 1)it's too hot and 2)there are lots of spiders! Last time I was in there I only got rid of 2 sheets before I was overcome from heat and creepiness.