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    Be sure you have lots of mouse traps set up. This is the time of year when they like to move inside your house and garage. I set two traps up just outside the garage door and caught two dozen mice last year, and thought I was doing good. It wasn't good enough because a mouse chewed on the rubber strain relief for my wire welder. This year I will set up a couple 5 gallon bucket mouse traps with drain oil.

    I always keep moth balls inside the cars and throw some around the garage. It's also best to cap openings, like the exhaust pipe.
    And, as hard as it is to believe, some people still refuse to use antifreeze, so be prepared for cracked heads and blocks.

  • #2
    Tom you must be in the mouse Capital of the US.
    I put out my mice traps yesterday.

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    • #3
      Just get a Rat Terrier & problem SOLVED!!

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      • Big hammer
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        Tom might need a half a dozen rat terrier's

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      Soup can on tail pipe, one on gear shift (reminder to pull the tail pipe can)


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      • DaWizard
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        Ok, since I am a west coaster, I drive mine all year round, but I understand the need for a tail pipe can, but please tell me were a mouse can go by climbing up the gear shift?

        Or, is the can on the shifter there to remind you to pull the can off the tail pipe?

      • Greynomad
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        Wiz, I'm further west than you by a few thousand miles! (Australia) 18 nyears in this house and I've only seen evidence of a mouse once. I find these threads amusing - keep 'em coming.

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      I have these outside all around the perimeter of my house along the walls, probably a total of 10
      Gettem before they enter!!!!
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      Henry Ford said
      "It's all nuts and bolts"


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      • BNCHIEF
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        Mitch can you buy those anywhere?

      • Mitch
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        I think i bought a 12 pack from amazon, and i get the rectangled baits large bag from lowes / Home Depot. I use these all around in the shop also, the mice usually come out into the open as they are dying
        After time the baits get weathered so i change them out twice a year. This gives me year round outside protection which is better than waiting until the winter to do control. By then they already have an army


        Protecta Bait Stations for Mouse - Rtu, One Case 12 Units https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005DFR2LM..._En14zbXZYP082


        https://www.lowes.com/pd/TOMCAT-Mous...-Bait/50213395

      • BNCHIEF
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        Thanks will get it done late as usual.

      • KB9JLO
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        LOL! I have farm stores all over. We have traps and repellent and poison by the truck-fulls. When you live in the middle of corn and soybean fields and they're harvesting it's like a stampede! Right into your house. I have traps with peanut butter everywhere but Rural King (yes, a real store) has some repellent I'm going to throw into the car. Plus into my attic - we can hear them messing around up there again already.

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      One Rat Terrier is more effective than TEN (10) CATS!---They even kill Gophers, Woodchucks, Possums, Groundhogs & even SNAKES!!
      They're also proficient hunting dogs They hunt Squirrel, Deer, Racoons, Possums & even BEAR!! If they get in trouble, they can OUTRUN a BEAR---Google "Rat Terrier History"--You'll be AMAZED!
      Dads' Pestcontrol

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      • BNCHIEF
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        I had a rat terrier when I was a boy bill that dog live to be 20 in human years.

      • BILL WILLIAMSON
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        Chief,
        Average lifespan of Rat Terriers & Jack Russels is 18 YEARS!!! Equivalent to 144 HUMAN years!
        Bill Young

      • BNCHIEF
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        We had carpet taped on the gas tank of our dirt bikes and took her with us hunting she just loved that. She was a half starved stray dad found out in the middle of nowhere and brought her home.

      • BILL WILLIAMSON
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        ALL my Dogs were RESCUE DOGS!
        Bill Partdog

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      We use fresh Decon under the car, and it never has been touched, for years and years.

      Also, we have several outdoor feral cats, which seem to a great job.

      Finally, we use plug in, variable frequency, ultrasonic pest devices.

      Thats Our Experience;

      Brian French

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      • #8
        Brian seen the new D-Con ad on TV, with the giant rat turds? Kinda funny!!

        They tell me that D-Con changes it's formula now and then to fool the little vermin. Only thing is they want to die in the cars after they eat the stuff. Vacuumed out three or four mice skeletons from under the rumble seat cushion of a Roadster we bought years ago that the guy had used D-Con in, in his Morton building where he had the car!! The little critters had been stockpiling it in there too.

        The peanut butter on a paddle trick over a 5 gallon bucket full of anti-freeze seems to be a good way to get them.

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        • #9
          Jeff:
          thank you for that informative response.

          my building has a concrete floor and foundation, 48" high. Then 2X6 framing, 1" plywood sheathing and vynal siding, 6" insulation inside, and 3/4" plywood surface. The 2) exterior doors are steel, and 2) fiberglass overhead doors.

          In the 14 years I have been here, no evidence whatsoever of mice.

          I can only hope that luck will continue.

          Thank You;

          Brian French

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          • Jeff/Illinois
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            I'd say that your luck will continue!! If the little so-an-so's can figure out how to get into THAT building we're all in trouble!!

        • #10
          I put mine inside an enclosed trailer. No place for the little critters to get in. Just the occasional spyder.
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          • BNCHIEF
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            Stand in that trailer in the dark and make sure you see no light anywhere.

          • KB9JLO
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            They can get in. They just haven't wanted in yet.

        • #11
          A mouse will fit through a hole the size of the diameter of a pencil.

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          • #12
            Just a thought...
            The poison baits aren't recommended. The vermin eat it and die. Then the next scavenger up the chain, like owls, eats the mice and can die. Sticky strips can also catch birds, bees and bats. also not good
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            • #13
              Victor mouse traps with the yellow plastic cheese looking paddle with peanut butter in the paddle holes works the best for me.
              That and cats are the best.

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              • KB9JLO
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                Victor's are great - and cheap because they do break occasionally. My wife had seven cats, yes, my wife. We still see signs of them in the main part of the house but they love the garage/basement (70's split level). In my book the cats aren't pulling their weight. We have them in the attic too.

            • #14
              I use the electric traps.I put a little peanut better in,turn them on,and set them around the floor.If I walk by and see the little light blinking,there will be a mouse inside.Open the lid,shake them out,and set it again.I found dryer sheets to be useless.Good ones,generic ones,the mice used them to make condos.I do throw the poison blocks around a couple of buildings,the ones I'm not walking around in every day.The blocks always get gnawed down,but I rarely see dead mice.A pest guy told me that most poisons make the mice crave water,so they go looking for it after eating.That's why you find them under water tanks and pumps,they were drinking the sweat off them.

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              • #15
                Most of the poisons are coumaral based. causes internal bleeding, causing thirst. The coumaral are passed up the food chain. keep the the water sources outside, or the carcass will be found indoors.
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                • #16
                  That's why I prefer the electric traps.I just want to kill them,not torture them to death.I bought some poison from a farm store years ago that supposedly wouldn't hurt animals that ate the poisoned animals,I think that stuff just made the mice fat.A few weeks ago I drove into my yard with my roadster,went in the garage and told a couple of guys there that there was a box of fresh doughnuts on the seat.One stepped out the door and saw a bear climbing back out of the car with my doughnuts.Food just attracts pests I guess.We weren't even 50 feet from him,the smell of those hot doughnuts made him pretty brave.

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                  • #17
                    Got one inside the A with a trap yesterday fellas

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                    • #18
                      Not sure why I have been able to keep them out of the shop. I stored the Harley in the garage and when I fired it up in the spring I about killed a friend. Harley mufflers are similar to a Blunderbus when filled with the corn form your bean bags.

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                      • #19
                        Cabin air filter, Toyota Tacoma and gas heater at hunting camp.
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                        • Mitch
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                          How is the under hood wiring on that Tacoma?

                        • Easty
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                          Mitch,everything seems to work ok. I don't think they got beyond the filter. The truck did not get driven all last winter while we were in Florida. When we got back to Vermont I started the truck and the mouse urine smell was so bad it was not drivable. The mice must have starved or froze to death in there. This fall I put some moth balls on top of the filter as well as under the hood. Hope they work!

                      • #20
                        I lock my two cats in the garage and they just play with them....so now I just let the black snake live in there. He eats the mice and keeps copper heads away. I don't mind snakes but don't tell the wife hes in there........

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                        • #21
                          Would a Snake be helpful? We got a load of them in Washington D.C. that we don't need !!!

                          I have found Mice would rather be in a dark place, I leave things open if possible, cover on BBQ grill, cabinet doors, remove seat and air cleaner cover from ATV ETC , keeps them from building nests in there.
                          “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” (Will Rogers).

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                          • #22
                            I know this is not a practical solution for everyone but the thing about mice is you have to make your place secure so they cannot get in. If possible crawl around the foundation of your home/garage and fix every crack or hole. Also make sure when your garage doors close there are no gaps where they meet the garage floor. No openings, No mice.

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                            • #23
                              Anyone storing sheets of plywood on edge is creating low income housing for mice. I had some sheets in my barn and I lifted one up to reveal about twenty of the little devils sleeping. Me and the .22 got about 18 the first night, about 12 the second night. about 8 the next night, about 4 the last night. And a few in traps after that. When I became a pilot, I learned about how destructive they can be. They love to get into a plane's fuselage, far back into the tail where it's cosy. and they don't leave to pee. Mouse Pee is very corrosive and it weakens the tail section. Lose the tail section and you lose all control. Put some mothballs and dryer sheets in the car. Trap all year!
                              Terry

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                              • #24
                                Some say dryer sheets don't work. Individually they prolly don't.
                                I have had good success putting a couple of full boxes (top open) in cars. I think you need to get the dryer sheet odor as intense as possible. Get the strongest odor rating you can, they used to be just one rating, now there are several

                                I have never had mothballs work

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                                • Mitch
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                                  I can't hack the smell of those moth balls. Did you ever get in the near proximity of someone that stores their clothes with those.

                                • Tom Wesenberg
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                                  Just the opposite with me.
                                  I see mouse nests made of drier sheets, but never had a mouse where I use moth balls.
                                  What does PETA think of all those poor castrated moths?

                                • Tom Wesenberg
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                                  I've been around a few people that I wish would have smelled like moth balls. LOL

                              • #25
                                Tom, your mice are positive ground, mine are negative ground

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