Merwin: Tackle Enemy No. 1

Mice. They are sort of cute but just unbelievably destructive. They have chewed holes in my fishing vests. And in my waders. Once I had left a box of saltwater streamer flies open, and mice chewed all the wings off. I just hate the little buggers.

Many of my car or truck problems have come from mice, also. Mostly they chew wires. Once, though, some mice made a nest between the carburetor and the intake manifold on my truck engine of the time. Eventually, the nest caught fire, probably because of wires that were chewed and exposed. I was able to extinguish the fire okay, but the replacement wiring harness was really expensive.

Because of mice, we keep cats. Two of them. I make sure the cats have ready access to the barn area where some of my tackle is stored. The cats have also been shown how to climb under my boat cover so they can patrol the cockpit over the winter. That's the best solution I've been able to come up with, but I'm sure it's not the only one. Lots of people have mouse problems. What's your answer?