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Mice...Cats?
#11
Treat bag.! Idea Cool
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Sealable tubs for food and Mouse Traps on hand for use with any visible sign. The one area I need to remember to check is the engine intake at the air filter housing. The biggest risk in areas I frequent is when the temperature starts dropping below freezing in the Fall and the summer population boom starts looking for warmer spots.
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(12-15-2017, 07:58 PM)Jim Plow Wrote: Would cats be helpful in deterring mice in the van? . . .

Some cats are good mousers and some aren't.  About half of our barn cats were any good at catching mice, the rest would rather go after birds or were too lazy to go after anything.  A neighbor had a small terrier (rat terrier?) that was better than all his cats at catching mice.

You really want to keep rodents out of your living space as their urine, feces, saliva and nesting materials carries disease: heptaviris, salmonellosis, plague, rat bite fever.  That's why I don't like to use any kind of trap with bait; I don't want to encourage them to come in.

I do keep dryer sheets liberally spread around the camper and don't have a rodent problem, but I don't know if the dryer sheets are what repels themt.  Maybe it is the beagle that keeps them away (he is a good mouser).

(12-16-2017, 10:03 AM)dawnann7 Wrote: . . .  recognize the rattle of the treat bag and they will come running when they hear that.

I come running to the rattle of a treat bag  Tongue
 -- Spiff


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#14
I always thought it was cats who trained their humans...

"I'm not chasing those mice; YOU BRING THEM TO ME!"
I'm taking care of my procrastination issues;
Just you wait and see.
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#15
I thought mice avoid high activity areas?
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#16
at night when you are asleep is when they come out. pack rats are the worse. highdesertranger
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(12-17-2017, 04:36 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: at night when you are asleep is when they come out.  pack rats are the worse.  highdesertranger

Just ...as I fall asleep.!!

Now that you reminded me of dogs being good mousers.

 I remember last year they had me so aggravated I put my poodle in the top cubbard above the cook stove.
My dog looked at me so funny I forgot how pissed off I was at the mouse and about fell over laughing.
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(12-17-2017, 04:36 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: ...pack rats are the worse."



My coonhound, a rescued stray from a shelter in KY, is well bred & was
obviously trained to track big cats & bear.  Here at home I must deny her
this pleasure or she'll end up a stray somewhere 200 miles away.

She's learned to relish her spot in front of the fire, but misses hunting.
Last evening was unseasonably warm, so I left a door open onto the deck
a bit too late.  Suddenly, my hound sprang from her soft bed, made a dash
for the kitchen & snagged a 'visiting' pack rat---just as it came thu the
door.  She stubbornly ignored my command to 'drop it'.

I tried to remove the limp critter from her jaws, but she clamped down hard
on it when I tried to pry it from her jaws.  She didn't growl, just wouldn't
let go.  She took it off into her den/crate, lay it down & seemed content just
to admire it.  (I was thankful she didn't eat it.) That sucker was 18" long
from nose to tip of tail. I have revised my opinion of my hound.  Surprise---
She's a 'ratter'!


Confused Charlotte
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(12-17-2017, 04:36 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: "... pack rats are the worse"


BTW Stranger, despite having been caught by surprise when my hound caught the pack rat,
I DID praise her.  I do want to encourage this new form of hunting, LOL.  Does your dog eat
what it catches?  Seems like not a good idea, but I don't know...What do you do about this?

Huh Charlotte
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fortunately for me no he doesn't eat them. once the kill is made he looses interest. I think it's good that you encourage that saves on traps. I also have no need for a car alarm. pity the fool that sticks their arm into my truck. highdesertranger
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