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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby farmgal » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:10 pm

I hear you, I have what seems like a never ending battle of the mouse in the house for the past two years, this year was better then last year, thank heavens and I have cats, house cats and barn cats and while they do a good job most of the time, sometimes you need to crack out the big guns in terms of traps of differnet kinds.
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby BetterSafe » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:15 pm

thanks Sifton, that trap looks great!

Wild_E - I have a really bad problem with mice in my vehicles. they come in thru the cabin filter in the glove compartment, and nothing I have done has kept them out for any length of time. I keep some emergency food in a tightly sealed metal container, but I can't leave ANY food in the open in cab. they even chewed their way into the compartment between the 2 front seats.

I'm really looking forward to building some of those traps!
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby BetterSafe » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:24 pm

I had to post this as well. Last fall I found my engine compartment stuffed full of mushrooms. Some enterprising critter was either drying them out or storing them in there.

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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby N8tureboy » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:46 pm

Rah, that's nuts, I mean mushrooms. Squirrels maybe?
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby WildernessReturn » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:41 am

BetterSafe,
I ended up putting some water in he bucket with some windshield washer fluid and some older engine coolant. Some of the buckets were just placed under the front undercarage by the steering control arms. Some of the buckets had ramps, as to cut out holes in the trailer seemed, well a trifle excessive :) The peanut butter did a good job, though I might add some of that cheese from a jar as well, then feed the rest to the dog.

Go to the dollar store and get the long handled trash picker uppers, then taking those soggy things out is easy as pie. I did eventually also put some stickys down, but hate those very much. There were two in the camper who where just too smart, outed every type of trap, avoided poison, avoided the bucket trap, avoided 3 types of mouse traps and one of them was the live capture as well.

The picture above reminds me of my engine only it was pine cones, straw/hay/other field grasses. Almost started an engine fire, so it took a while to clean it out, then the solutions were found.

If anyone has any other ideas and things that work for you, please feel free to share, so we can all benefit from it.
Cheers and thanks

edit; the buckets by the idler and control arms netted the biggest scores with the one bucket having in excess of some 12 of them over a few days time. .. sweet !
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby BetterSafe » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:51 pm

Wild_E - they had a bunch of thistle in there as well! no pinecones though. I have dogs, so I'm leery of using coolant, but I do have poison liberally hidden in places the dogs can't get into.

will definitely put some of those bucket traps (with water) under vehicle next time I see any sign of a critter in vehicle. It's been a good winter, mouse-wise :D
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby WildernessReturn » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:03 pm

the coolant was only because it was so cold and I thought they might like the sweet candy smell. I wedged it in there good and tight though just in case. In retrospect, yes do not put in especially depending on the dogs personality. Mine just does not go near it. The windshield washer was probably enough though.

Glad you'v had a mouse free winter, mine not so, they keep coming like hungry hoards of looters!
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby John » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:40 pm

I've had mice in my storage twice. Destroyed food, clothing and hockey gear. Thanks for some tips here people.
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby kootenay kid » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:40 pm

Our cats are great mousers......they are also very good at letting them go in the house. I have mouse traps everywhere, but never catch anything. I did find a dead mouse (very well played with) beside DH shoes the other morning. They have not been able to get to my food, but they sure make a mess in the cupboard that has casseroles in it. I have to sanitize everything before use. Yes, there is a peanut butter baited trap i that cupboard; as well, the cats can open the door and climb around in there.
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Re: Mice & Health - Food preps

Postby MrsPrepwPets » Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:49 pm

This was posted on another site (Italicized is the poster's comments):

DIY Mouse Trap (bottles, rubber bands)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDgAuVK1Br0#t=11

"I'm still partial to the bucket-can and PVC pipe ideas for outdoors and in and around sheds, and chained rat-sized traps under milk crates for the garden or along known squirrel routes, but this seems like a nice alternative for indoors.

Although you'll have to deal with the live mouse afterward and there are clever guys who will escape, it doesn't pose a risk to toddlers' toes or pets' noses. Plus, its using a readily found free/waste item for those on super tight budgets, or whose traps end up broken, or who didn't plan for enough traps.
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