My wife and I have a wonderful little place with a nice garden spot, wild berries, and standing timber. My sister and her boyfriend are in a similar situation, and also live in a log house. The difference? They have been adopted by an ermine. The ermine gets in and out of the house by squeezing through a plumbing cut-out and as long as they don't get too close to it, it patrols the house looking for mice. They have not had any problems with mice this fall and winter, while many houses in this area are getting invaded. They leave out small bowls of meat and water - the ermine won't touch cat food, but seems to enjoy turkey and ham. To anyone who has not seen an ermine in the wild, they are fearless and intensely curious critters. While I was hunting one day last fall, one popped its head out of a little brush pile, and when it saw me, it kept popping its head out closer and closer to me, until eventually, it emerged from the pile maybe 8' from me and stood on its hind legs, rocking from side to side while looking me over. Ferrets do this when they are being cautious while trying to satisfy their curiosity.