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    Living in a Hitchcockian world

    June 18, 2007

    First things first–WE DON’T HAVE LICE!!! I am SO relieved to be able to type that sentence, especially since the ‘cure’ (if we would have had lice) as prescribed for Owen’s head per the pediatrician, was to thoroughly coat his scalp and hair with real mayonnaise, cover with a plastic shower cap and let it sit on there for three hours. Um, I don’t know about your 11 month old, but mine? Not so into the sitting still, let alone having a shower cap stay on his head for more than about three seconds total.

    Unfortunately, we are infested with vermin. Between my mother-in-law, my dad, my brother-in-law and myself we were able to pretty confidently identify the problem as feather mites. We live in an older home and as such, we aren’t wired for central air. Instead, we have window a/c units. Some birds (we aren’t sure what kind exactly–all I can tell you is that they are brown) decided that the windowsill to the left of where the window unit in our bedroom sticks out was an ideal place to build a nest. So they built a nice little nest. And also brought along some nasty little friends (the feather mites). We don’t care that the birds built where they did and wouldn’t mind them keeping their nest there except for the feather mites. We came to the conclusion that the nest had to go. Less than 24 hours after cleaning everything out of the windowsill, the birds had been back and (while we slept) built another cozy little nest. Since we’re mean and heartless here at casa YouMeandaBaby, we cleaned that little nest out too. Someone recommended putting stinky mothballs in the windowsill to discourage the birds from coming back. We did that too.

    This afternoon? There is now a lone white bird egg amongst the mothballs and the makings of a new nest. And…my house smells like my grandmother’s attic. You want to come right on over and spend lots of time, right? I thought so.

    Anyone have any good (non-stinky) remedies to keep the birds out of the window? As terrible as it will look, I’m almost desperate enough to tack up some chicken wire on either side of the a/c unit so they really can’t get in there.


    1. Jill says:

      Yikes! What a predicament.

      Here’s my advice: buy a cat.

      June 19th, 2007 at 12:31 am

    2. Nettie says:

      They put metal spikes on buildings to prevent pigeons from nesting. Perhaps if you duct tape forks all over your AC?

      June 19th, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    3. Trena says:

      Jill: my husband dislikes cats enough that he would rather have the bird than a cat.

      Nettie: I have to say, the mental image of duct taped forks on the a/c made me laugh…but then in the middle of the night, I started thinking about the logistics of it and came up withe the idea of putting tacks or nails out there…which might actually work. So thanks!!!

      June 20th, 2007 at 5:15 pm

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