Took #17 for a ride today. Will be picking up some fresh paint when I go into town tomorrow.
Could be. Will have to keep watch for that 😀Maybe you have a neighbor that gives these snakes a ride too...and drops them off at your place, lol.
Enough is enough already, we gota know how many of those aggressive mouse eaters you have!
As a matter of fact FM...I stopped in at Nelson Paint when I was in town on Friday and picked up some more paint (and nozzles for the cans that didn't work anymore). I do have the small spay attachment for my aerosol tree marking paint so maybe I can give that a try first. I know the backpack sprayer that my forester uses (and probably you too) works great for marking lots of trees but I don't usually have to mark that many.Enough is enough already, we gota know how many of those aggressive mouse eaters you have!
Kingsford is just around the corner from you. Stop in at Nelson Paint Tree Marking Paint & Equipment Enamel - Nelson Paint Company and pony up some hard earned cash for a forester's paint gun, an extra BLACK nozzle, and a couple quarts of tree marking paint. The paint gun will allow you to stand back 7' or more and still turn the rear end of your snake any of about 10 colors.
If you go that route DO NOT purchase the cheapest model, the barrel and intake tube are plastic and very prone to breaking when needed most (another "don't ask me how I know"). Even the mid range gun will last a lifetime and beyond. I have a gun that belonged to a forester whose first career was in research with MSU at a field station and after retiring he became a consultant. The gun came into my possession over 25 years ago when his wife made him quit at age 82 (he lived past 100).
A paint gun is not as convenient for a grab and go job as is aerosol paint, but for marking trails, freshening lines, designating trees to cut or ones that need to be left during a harvest, that big rock we keep forgetting about, etc. it is much, much more efficient.
Oh, almost forgot, they are also effective for marking porcupine tails, and being as how a person can stand back several feet further than if using aerosol, they are much safer too. FM
I do believe they have been keeping the voles in check Dish. We had a dozen apple trees severely girdled (lost 6 of them) several years ago but (knock wood) none since. Of course, we use screen and hardware cloth now rather than tarpaper wrap to protect the trees better, but I really haven't seen many voles or evidence of them in recent years either.I have to say that they are a beautiful snake. They must be keeping your tree girdling voles in check?