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Old 11-09-2007, 06:21 AM
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My boat shed is down near the dock in a wooded area. During the winter months, i get families of mice in there all the time. Rather than traps (i don't go in there too often during the winter, so I'd rather not have them laying in the traps for a month at a time), what recommendations do you have for driving them off?

I've tried dryer sheets, the little bast$%ds actually used them as part of their nests?

Any other suggestions? Last year they ruined a perfectly good barefoot wetsuit and a couple of ski vests.

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Old 11-09-2007, 06:40 AM
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A cat?
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:43 AM
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good idea, but I guess I should have included I have a beagle and a Chiuaua (sp? - i need to get something easier to spell)/terrier mix, and neither really like cats too much. My neighbor has 4 of them, i think they just send them my way...
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http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/pe...et-rid-of-mice

This one seemed to be the best....

My father had a fishing lodge and used to mix a little oats and flour in with cement powder, bag them up in a stocking and throw them in designated areas. The mice have to search for water. If there is no water available in the infested area they will be forced to search for it outside. The cement when ingested and mixed with water will have a deadly effect shortly after water consumption. Haven’t tried it myself yet, but I know that dad had success with it. Worked extremely well on skunks too.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:00 AM
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Moth Balls !

Place several small plastic bowls full of old fashion moth balls around the boat, especially near where critters might want to nest (or rip something up for nesting material).

Down side is, that it smells like your grandmothers closet in spring.
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You can put mouse poison aroand the perimeter. Cat's work the best though.
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"Borrow" one of the neighbors 4 cats.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:04 AM
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Build a reusable mouse trap. 5 gal bucket w/screws on both sides of the handle to hold in the vertial position. Locate in a place where they can approach from the top or devise a makeship ramp. Butter the roll handle with peanut butter and add a 1/2' or so of antifreeze in the bootom of the bucket.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:08 AM
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If you use any kind of poison you have to consider the possibility of pets or children ingesting it.

d-CON seems to work pretty well for me but put it where the mice can get to it and the pets and children cannot. Also consider that the pets and children may find the dead mice.

http://www.d-conproducts.com/
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Cats work awsome. I have an inside cat and an outside cat. The inside cat never gets any mice or rats but the outside cat does. He gets them before they get in the house. A few times a month the outside cat will leave me a dead rat or mouse right on my front door step. I'm told that when they leave it for you in an area where they know you will see it its because they are showing off.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:14 AM
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thanks for all the great suggestions. i think i am going to go with the Moth Balls first (and my first barefoot runs of next season, i'll smell like my grandma).
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There is an electric high pitched unit you can get at home depot I kept one in my boat house it kept birds mice and spiders away
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Myott - 11/9/2007 10:39 AM

There is an electric high pitched unit you can get at home depot I kept one in my boat house it kept birds mice and spiders away
now that is something i am going to look at on my way home tonight. will probably drive the beagle crazy, but he's not supposed to be down that far anyway. He does take some chances with his electric collar though.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:38 AM
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Moth balls tend to work great or not at all. I guess it either bothers all the mice or they all just ignore it. The only problem with any poison is that they will probably end up dyeing in your boat which you are trying to avoid.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:54 AM
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I like the poison cubes and lots, and lots of them.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:58 AM
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Bounce dryer sheets work pretty well like moth balls.
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If you go with moth balls or crystals, bundle them in old socks or wrag twists. This will make it easier to locate them for disposal/refill later. You wont have any hazmat laying around for the kids or pets to get into.

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Cousin Eddie - 11/9/2007 9:04 AM "Borrow" one of the neighbors 4 cats.
One outside cat will not be able to address a big time mouse problem. I have a 14'X14' shed that also serves as a inside run space for the dogs and one cat. We have so many mice out there, they actually crapin the cats water dish. Our one cat can only address so many mice. The concrete floor in the shed looks like a science project. Guts over here.......heads over there........half a mice body over here.....needless to say I have a issue with mice in the shed.

We kill a couple a day by throwing dog food in a garbage can next to a bench in the shed that the mice can jump into from. Problem is.......the just sit in the bottom of the garbage can and don't die unless I forget to check it for a few days. Sure.....we can fill it water and watch them drown(heartless), smash them in the head with a broom handle(my personal favorite). Some one told me to take a 5 gallon bucket with 4-5"of water, put some peanut butter on the insides of it, make a wood ramp up to the top ofthe bucket so theycan"jump in" for the peanut butter........... you can take out several a day that way. Problem is ........the get bloated and really start to stink.

Lucky so far no mice in the house or in the garage. Any other suggestions?Its just not a problem with my house. I hear complaints around the hole island of a high mouse population this year for whatever the reason.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:09 AM
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Andy,

I'll bring you a few more cats when we're back out there next July!
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Plastic 5 gallon bucket with food in it and a ramp for them to walk up, they will fall in for the food but can't get out.
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