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too many mice

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tractorhead

02-10-2014 11:25:21
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My pole building has a lot of mice. Every time I set traps I get one, but they are getting ahead of me. Cannot use posin as I'm afraid my cats will get into it, or eat the dead mice.
My idea, close everything up, start my two trucks, kind fumigate the place, To me seams like it could work...What do you all thing?




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Roy Suomi

02-10-2014 21:25:26
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
I had almost given up on my pole barn.. Mice everywhere... Traps were a joke.. They ran across them and set them off , then feasted on the peanut butter.. Then I saw a video on you tube about the 5 gallon bucket trap... Man , does it work.. I have nineteen corpses to date.. I left out some seeds... They weren't moved.. I think I got them all.. The first week there was no activity, then I put a little gob of peanut butter on the firring strip ramp going up the bucket.. A couple of drywall screws on the end of the firring strip so the ramp comes out level with the bucket lip..

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casenut1

02-10-2014 20:46:05
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Moth Balls. Spread them around and the mice leave.



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BushogPapa

02-10-2014 19:39:27
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Uncle of mine never feeds his cats anything better than CHEAP dry Dog Food.. He figures they have more incentive to be Mousers..

Works for him..!

Ron.



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rustred

02-10-2014 19:23:00
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
well just talking about mice today and a friend said to sprinkle lime around any building you don't want mice in. just passing on what he told me, never got a chance to try it. I keep lots of cats around and no mice.



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fixerupper

02-10-2014 16:34:37
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeMore cats. We have 24 cats and NO mice. Jim



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Mark - IN.

02-10-2014 15:36:25
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
If your pole building has that many leaks, running the trucks aint going to kill the mice, and its going to cost you a fortune in fuel. I'm not a cat fan, but sounds like you need a new cat, or a few of them.

I seen a movie one time where the barn was so overrun with mice that this farmer tossed a cat inside to kick mouse butt, but when he went back into the barn the following morning the cats was tied, strapped to a support beam and a group of mice had it surrounded and were throwing lit matches at a pile of hay they built up around the cat. I forget the name of the movie, "Willard Moves His Family To The Country" or something like that. Anyway, the farmer managed to save the cat and took a beating in doing so, but for the rest of the movie, the cat was never the same and wouldn't even come out of the broom closet it was hiding in.

Mark

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Unforgiven

02-10-2014 15:14:00
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
You want a suicide bucket trap, I use a 5 gallon bucket with a small rod crossing the top, and an empty peanut butter jar is impaled on the rod so it can spin, centered over the bucket. Small notches cut in the top of the bucket to secure the rod. Coat the outside of your little spinning drum with peanut butter and put a little board from the ground to the edge of the bucket, and some water or waste oil in the bottom. Mouse walks up the board, jumps over to the pb drum, it spins and he falls in. One less mouse. Virtually maintainance free, no threat to pets. I have had one running for years now, it's a mouse destroying machine. Search mouse bucket trap on You-Tube.

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RayP(MI)

02-10-2014 17:29:30
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 Re: too many mice in reply to Unforgiven, 02-10-2014 15:14:00  
Had a bunch of mice in my barn this fall. Setup a bucket trap, never caught one mouse. Even spread peanut butter on the ramp. Conventional traps were far more successful.



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Straw Boss

02-10-2014 15:22:54
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 Re: too many mice in reply to Unforgiven, 02-10-2014 15:14:00  

like this



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donjr

02-10-2014 13:38:51
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Get a few boxes of potato buds- not flakes- but 'buds'. Put out several pans of them, then put a pan or two of water out a few feet from the buds. The mice will gorge themselves on them, then go get a big drink of water. The buds swell up and explode their stomachs!!! No more mice....



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S2710

02-10-2014 13:37:33
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Set a live trap and catch a woods cat. put it in a cage in the pole shed and feed and water it for a week. Stop feeding it for 2 days and then set a dish of food and water out side the cage and open the door and you get the H out of the shed. The cat will eat the food and then start on the mice. Every day give it just a little food and he will stay around and keep your mouse problem under control. Never ever try to tame it. If you do you will have a garbage cat like you have now. I have 2 of them at my house and no mice and when I go out side and they see me they run away. Best mouser is a wild one.

Bob

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Retired Farmer

02-10-2014 20:32:18
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 Re: too many mice in reply to S2710, 02-10-2014 13:37:33  
I don't agree with that. I have five tame outdoor cats that live in the shop. They get all the dry food they want to eat twenty four hours a day. I lock them in the shop at night and let them out during the day. I call them in about dark and they are so full of mice they can hardly walk. About twice a week I will have to wait for one little girl to come in because she always catches a mouse on her way in and has to stop and eat it. They don't eat much of the dry food.

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da.bees

02-10-2014 21:35:05
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 Re: too many mice in reply to Retired Farmer, 02-10-2014 20:32:18  
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You are correct retired farmer. The ONLY reason wild cats have better repitations as mousers is because moma taught them to hunt while they were babies. If a person has the time and paticence,weaned kittens from the shelter or lazy moma can be taught to hunt. Right about weaning large bugs like grasshoppers without back legs and wings are fun for kittens. Pulling a rag or toy with meat attached on a fishing pole also gets them going. When the kitten is half grown,crippled mice you catch in traps is the final lesson. If a mouser has kittens,don't let the kids keep them in the house because women are funny about half dead mice and snakes brought into the house by moma cat.
While writing this it occurred to me that kids are about like kittens. If parents wait for hand outs rather than work to earn food,the kids turn out to be just like them.

Snakes are miles better at controling mice since they can go any where mice can. When there are no longer mice in the building , snakes will leave unless there are grown up fields to hunt nearby.

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John in La

02-10-2014 17:57:02
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 Re: too many mice in reply to S2710, 02-10-2014 13:37:33  
I threw a feed sack over a kitten at a dairy farm. Brought it home and let it loose in my shed.

We put out food every now and then but I have seen weeks go past when no food was put out.

No one has ever been able to touch her or any of her kittens since the day I let her go.
Everyone of them are mouse; squirrel; snake; catching machines.



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Old weldor

02-10-2014 13:34:03
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
I keep poison out in my pole barn it doesn't bother the cats. They might eat the mice after they have been poisoned, but I don't know. We have had the same two outside cats for over ten years. No sign of them being poisoned!



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rustyacres sd

02-10-2014 13:23:50
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
take some 1 1/2 in pvc and pvc tees. cut about 4" length of pipe and glue to the tee to make a T. use clamps to clamp to a post upside down at ground level. pour in poison. mice get to it, but not anything you want to save.



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doug in illinois

02-10-2014 13:20:11
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Get some PEPPERMINT Extract. Treat cotton balls with it, the mice will quit bugging you for 3 months or more. Not the cheap extract, but good quality. I bought mine at Amazon. DOUG



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SweetFeet

02-10-2014 13:10:53
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
I suggest feeding your cats just a bit less each day.

We only have one cat... and we feed and water her twice each day - but probably only a half cup of food each time. So she also hunts to supplement what we feed her... mice, birds, rabbits.

She is not skinny and deprived either - she is a very healthy and very friendly cat. We bring her into the house when it gets too cold outside.



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Ted in NE-OH

02-10-2014 13:00:05
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Read the package of Decon. If I remember correctly it"s safe for cats and doge because they can throw up whereas mice and rats can not.



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David G

02-10-2014 12:32:02
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Cats not working out.



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Harvey2

02-10-2014 12:28:28
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
As Jinx said, "I hate misses to pieces."



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mss3020

02-10-2014 12:09:05
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Grandma told me this.. Twist tobacco..tear it up into pieces and spread where you have problems.. in balers, attics of houses, it has worked for me..
OR
Cats..



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mss3020

02-10-2014 12:10:05
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 Re: too many mice in reply to mss3020, 02-10-2014 12:09:05  
sorry didnt see the cats in your post.. Cats wont bother tobacco..lol



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dej(Jed)

02-10-2014 12:01:16
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
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I guess it is too cold for snakes. Many of the guiys on here think that they are the ultimate vermin control. So when it warms up ,maybe you can get some. LOL.



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robert major

02-10-2014 12:45:46
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 Re: too many mice in reply to dej(Jed), 02-10-2014 12:01:16  
Hi Up here in Canada a few of the older guys got smart and went to the kids store and got those rubber real looking toy snakes. they put them down and move them round a bit once in a while. Had one in our grain truck cab a while, worked good until it got kicked under the mat one winter and forgotten about, mice moved in pretty quick then.
Regards Robert



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old

02-10-2014 11:47:04
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Sounds like your cats are over feed and or not doing there job. Only place I ever see mice s in the chicken house and that is where the cats can not get to



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samn40

02-10-2014 11:30:00
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 Re: too many mice in reply to tractorhead, 02-10-2014 11:25:21  
Hire a piper....it might work better!............ But if I was at your place I would stop feeding them cats as much or at least never feed them in the evening time. If that doesn't work...then pay the cats off and start with a fresh bunch that will hunt mice!!!!!!!
Sam



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