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:shock:Just a heads up to some of our new wing owners. A good pal of mine went to fire up his ride, and the rats/mice have destroyed his hoses and I suspect, his wiring. I wanted to give you a heads up, to put some bait down this time of year if you are storing your bike for even just a week. This is the third time someone I know has been hit by these little furballs. I think they start building thier winter paradise about this time of year, and your wing is perfect! Paper, plastic, rubber, everything an industrious mouse needs to set up housekeeping up off the cold floor. I feel so bad for my buddy, he never got to go on any rides of any distance, and now faces bigtime repairs. Funny thing is, he has 5 cats outside! jimsjinx
 

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He needs to get some feral ones... I had feral cats. Not pets. Working cats.

If it walked, crawled, swam or flew... it was prey and it was food. Simply put.


You poison them mice, they die, they stink a place up over time.No good.
 

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He needs to get some feral ones... I had feral cats. Not pets. Working cats.

If it walked, crawled, swam or flew... it was prey and it was food. Simply put.


You poison them mice, they die, they stink a place up over time.No good.
I was doing some work at a small chemical plant and noticed a feral cat. They fed it a bit to keep it around but the operator said that after it moved in there were no more mice, rats, rabbits, birds, or snakes.

Oh, and it was the meanest, ugliest looking cat-from-hell you could imagine.
 

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Yes... It's amazing what a feral predatory cat can take down. If it's the same size, then it don't stand a chance if that cat is hungry. I too (in the beginning) would keep some food down. Boy did they school me. That food was their choice of last resort. They hated cat food and would choose prey over it every time. The food attracted raccoon(s) whos lives were in jeprody. And they knew it. Good luck on anyone trying to get a truely feral one.

It would rather die than have you catch it.

 

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Early this spring when it was still frosty, mice tried to invade my warm Wing in the barn. Having dogs, I didn't want to have poisoned carcasses littering the countryside, so I used an old Maine farm foolproof trick:

Take a 5 gal plastic pail (2 gal will work as well), put about 4 inches of water in it (so the mice/rats can't touch bottom) smear a ring of peanut butter around the inside about 2 inches down from the top, and then lean a board up against the pail so there's an access ramp for the critters.

The rodents will go up the ramp, lean over to grab peanut butter, lose their footing and fall into the water and drown. No muss, no fuss, no dangerous poisons. Check every couple of days and fling the corpses out in the garbage.

First day I had 4 mice; second 2, third day none. Keep up the routine until the body count drops to zero. You can use it in the winter, too by leaving out the water and spraying a little WD-40 around the sides. They won't drown, but will collapse from exhaustion trying to make it up the sides of the pail and freeze.;)
 

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Nice What's the smelly bait you use?

John
 

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Cheese Crackers... Ususally that Cheese-on-Cheese variety. Lotsa smelly vapor in that yellow cheese stuff and changes out with little mess. Processed cheese doesn't vapor very well. Whole cheeses are yummy for me and not them, but do vapor well. Peanut Butter is too messy for this application, but is the choice for other accessible apps. like the bucket, as we all generally have PB, and it will last a long time.
Mouse urine is the bestto-the-trap-attractant, as with most other hunting, and vapors really well also. So make one pee on the floor in front the trap.


Don't forget to unplug those ultrasonic pest eliminators (if you use them) from the wall as they would deter the purpose of the trap.
 

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Cool, thanks. :) Wehave some feral cats in the area and they eat well in the Summer, lots of rabbits & snakes as well as field mice and the occasional rat, but imagine Winter is tougher. The disappear sometimes and new one's take their place, but I'm not sure if it's coyotes getting them or other reasons.

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I live in a very rural area with a "Cat Lady" as a neighbor across the road. We have some Feral Cats in the neighborhood but she keeps trapping them and putting them in her "Kennel". This year we have lots of bunnies running around. I've counted as many as 6 in our front yard in the evening. Never had this many until the "Cat Lady" started trapping the cats and our next neighbor started shooting the coyotes.

I suspect that since the coyotes and cats were keeping the rats/mice/rabbits in check that I'll probably have to deal with more vermin trying to get in out of the cold this winter.

I used to put out mouse poison but we have a small dog around now. So the bucket trap or the bottle trap are probably a much better way to go.

Thanks for the idea's!!!
 
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