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.
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.
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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