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With the first frosts here in PA it's mouse season. Just a reminder to set your traps. Between my shop and two garages I'm catching at least one sometimes two a nite. That's not counting the one our cat caught behind the wood stove. I find the good old Victor wood and wire trap the best. Inexpensive and effective. They work very well and last a long time......Happy hunting.........Bob

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No , meesies up here Bhigdog .  But three  weeks ago ,  the wife caught 5 snakes, on the front porch and myself two in house in one day . How do they know when it is time to come in . Cats enjoys snakes more , not as fast I guess .

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55 minutes ago, ArticiferTom said:

No , meesies up here Bhigdog .  But three  weeks ago ,  the wife caught 5 snakes, on the front porch and myself two in house in one day . How do they know when it is time to come in . Cats enjoys snakes more , not as fast I guess .

I hate those meesies to piecees..............Bob

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I finally had to use 30 lb braided fishing line to keep my traps from being drug off. Mice can't chew through it. Was getting tired of tracking down the traps after a mice hauled them off before dying. 

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I have better luck with glue traps. Mouse gets on that, he's stuck. The ones in the garage catch meece, crickets and lizards. 

 

The blue-striped lizards are pretty much harmless but I've found lizard turds all over the car covers this summer. Ergo, glue traps. They also think my back porch is a grand place to live so there's glue traps there too.

 

And there's always the green pellets, which poison them but also dehydrate them so they don't stink up the place...

 

The cat eats too well to bother with catching mice and lizards. Maybe I should cut back the Meow Mix rations.🙀

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Pontiac bud just sent me pics of a 3 foot copperhead that his 16yo son killed in their basement just after midnight. It was right at the bottom of the steps and he nearly stepped on it.

 

Even more reason to get the meeces out. Serpent won't stay where there's no food.

 

Damn a snake especially if it's close to your living quarters.

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I was bush hogging a couple years ago and something hit under the deck like it was coming apart. There was no heavy brush there, so I figured grass clumps had dropped off the deck as it was wet when I started that morning.

 

Made another round and where all the commotion was, there laid a 5 foot black snake chopped in 3 pieces. I never saw it. Must have been old, sick or ready to molt because the rumble of a tractor usually sends serpents scurrying. I looked at it and said well, old boy, the Bush Hog won.

 

Sent pics to some friends and one says man you killed your rat catcher! Had he seen all the field mice and chipmunks in that field he'd have realised Mr Serpent wasn't earning his keep in the first place.

 

I'll usually leave a non-venomous snake alone long as it's not too close to the house and outbuildings, but a copperhead has to go. And if you keep vermin out, well, snakes stay away too.

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Whatever kind of trap you like, if the mice are dragging them around, double face tape them to a piece of cardboard so they can't get their feet on the floor to push. I do this with my sticky traps, I just double over a piece of 2" tape to make a loop and stick them down, since I usually don't have double face tape handy.

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The field mice have been bad this year. Nothing has changed around here either. I bought some humane traps that catch them and you can release them, but we all know they come back so after I would catch them I would submerge the trap in a bucket of water and then release them back as coyote snacks. The other big problem is the pocket gophers. Had a lot this year tearing up the yard and putting holes every where. I decided to give them a sporting chance at the same time giving me some fun too. 10 pumps and at 35 yards I can take an eye out. :D Even has a flashlight and a red dot.

 

 

 

 

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With one pump I can do the same but at 15 meters. FWB-300. Works especially well for English Sparrows in the Purple Martin houses. Would work well for mice and rats also. 

14 hours ago, Laughing Coyote said:

0 pumps and at 35 yards I can take an eye out. :D 

With one pump I can do the same but at 15 meters. FWB-300. Works especially well for English Sparrows in the Purple Martin houses. Would work well for mice and rats also. 

 

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4 hours ago, knee-action said:

Our family cat is a stone killer, but isn't showing any interest at all this year. Suggestions? 

I’ll give this a shot. First off I’m going to assume that you have already given the kitty a good talking to. But, did you stress the importance of this year in particular. Sometimes cats assume that your just handing them the same old tired line of BS that they have heard a million times before. They DON’T like that, won’t work. You must add some interesting lies to the Pep talk to garner interest. You want to instill a sense of urgency, desperation and fear in your cat. It also doesn’t hurt to remind them that mice love to eat their food. Good luck

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I usually catch a couple in the house every year and had successfully used Victor snap-traps for years. 

 

Heard the trap snap in the kitchen about 0430 one morning. Got up to check and sure enough, little brown and white mouse in it with the wire on its neck, eyes bugged out and blood on its mouth. I didn't feel like getting dressed to take it outside so I thought, I'll dispose of it in daylight.

 

Got up at 0630 and when I went to the trap it was GONE! Mouse and all. I never did find that trap. That's when I started using glue traps.

 

This summer I was having a time keeping tree rats off my bird feeders. There's too many buildings, neighbors etc close by to use my rifle, so I set a cage trap to get them and then let 'em hold the .22. 

 

Caught one that looked for all the world like Scrat in Ice Age movies. Around dusk so figured I'd do the dirty work next morning. Went out to get the paper 0700 and once again trap, squirrel and all had vanished. Haven't found it yet. I figure either the neighbor's idiot dog or coyotes dragged it off.

 

And if 🐿 get into your attic or barns, they're worse than 🐀!

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For the house I have cats, periodically they pring me "presents". Cars in garages have not been an issue (all sealed and connected to house. Occationally I have to put a car in the grotto for a while. Just brought out one that has been there since July. Found nesting material scattered around engine compartment but no actual nests. Don't think they like the moth balls for long. I just cut holes in a few cream cheese containers, add moth balls, and place around the engine. Seems to work.

 

Also have a solar mini float charger (12v/15w, in grotto usually measure 500ma. Plenty.

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Try this.....leave a radio on in your shop/garage 24/7. I have done this fro 31 years now in the two shops I have had over these years an I have NEVER had a mouse in my shop. Really. I learned this from an old time mechanic in my town. In the many times I have touted this I have only known one person who tried it. He has not had a mouse in his shop since. 

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Not sure if that will work as I always having Music playing in the house/ especially my office and have caught mice even in here.  Of course doesn't help we are in the woods so this is the best looking shelter to them in sight.  Even if they have to put up with eclectic taste in Music. 

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3 hours ago, Jeff Perkins / Mn said:

I have done this fro 31 years now in the two shops I have had over these years an I have NEVER had a mouse in my shop.

You know of course those Norwegian mice are a little daft. The rest of us have to put up with normal mice. 🐭 

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6 hours ago, Jeff Perkins / Mn said:

Try this.....leave a radio on in your shop/garage 24/7.

 

EGADS!........ I'd rather have the meesies. But then, when I'm working I like the sound of silence or the sounds of whatever I happen to be doing.................Bob

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Traps? Don’t need ‘em.

 

Or won’t rather...  Once he reaches full size - 10 or 11 pounds. Not saying what he is yet, but this guys, is the most serious ratter ever bred. He’ll also be my full time co-pilot.

Meet Teddy. Not too photogenic yet, his eyes opened for the first time the morning of this picture.

He was born on September 11th and I’ll have more pictures around November 20th. (That is actually a clue as to breed.)

But I doubt anyone can guess.

A real killer. Pure killer. Have been told the entire yard will need to be deeply fenced to keep larger critters away from him because he’ll be incapable of backing down.

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5 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

.  Of course doesn't help we are in the woods so this is the best looking shelter to them in sight.  Even if they have to put up with eclectic taste in Music. 


My friends often tell me it’s  the Radio station I listen to that drives them away!
I live in the woods....I also have a 10 x 12 shed behind my shop for the lawn mower etc and I do get mice in there so they are around the area. The 5 gallon bucket device works very well there.

 

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19 minutes ago, Ben P. said:

Traps? Don’t need ‘em.

 

Or won’t rather...  Once he reaches full size - 10 or 11 pounds. Not saying what he is yet, but this guys, is the most serious ratter ever bred. He’ll also be my full time co-pilot.

Meet Teddy. Not too photogenic yet, his eyes opened for the first time the morning of this picture.

He was born on September 11th and I’ll have more pictures around November 20th. (That is actually a clue as to breed.)

But I doubt anyone can guess.

A real killer. Pure killer. Have been told the entire yard will need to be deeply fenced to keep larger critters away from him because he’ll be incapable of backing down.

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Rat terrier 

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I don't live in the woods but my property backs on a county park.

is that breed illegal in some states ?

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59 minutes ago, SC38DLS said:

Rat terrier 

Close, he is a Terrier. Not illegal anywhere that I’m aware of, but if your wife saw it I’d suggest you tell her it was....

Seldom seen, born in extremely small litters, often 1 or 2.

The updated pics will give it away. People who have them all say the same thing word verbatim: “When people see him they come up and say, ‘Is that a real dog?’” Teddy really was the only possible name (but we’ll see what he responds to - my mother’s dogs all chose their own names that way).

 

Boy, November 20th seems impossibly far away. This is worse than waiting for Christmas as a 5 year old, but at least it’s keeping my mind off my car’s engine rebuild  which is held up by this Covid cr*p. I’ve owned this car for two years now and haven’t even driven it yet (well it ran - just enough to realize it needed a rebuild) just beside myself with anticipation.

 

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1 hour ago, Bhigdog said:

Jack Russell?......bob

Alright, I dragged it out too far. Suspense drives me personally up the wall.

This internet lifted picture of 10 week old pups should give it away. Not an ancient breed, a stable owner had bred them as ratters and they became a fad at a certain British University when students began keeping them as pets in their rat infested dorms.

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1 hour ago, Fossil said:

They look like Yorkshire terriers. I have a Yorkie Cockapoo cross and she is murder on mice on up to rabbits. 

They do don’t they. Guess all puppies look alike to great degree, but they may share a bloodline not too many hundred years ago.

Norwich Terrier.

My grandfather had a similar dog. Always had to be out in the yard with him because that dog would take after a woodchuck and not know when to quit. He’d have to get down on the ground, reach his arm all the way down the woodchuck hole, grab the dog by the tail and pull him out. The first time I saw that it scared me bad. The noise was incredible.

As long as that dog was alive there wasn’t a rodent on that farm. Raccoon’s had to be dispatched with a .22 because they were bigger than he was and he didn’t know when to quit. Not afraid of anything. Unbelievable.

Very people orientated, highly trainable. Don’t shed at all. They’ll follow you into every room, but they’re not up in your lap all day. In fact they don’t really want to be there at all. My kind of dog. But extremely hard to find....


Black/tan pup⬇️
(Do Not show your wife this video)

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20 hours ago, Ben P. said:

Alright, I dragged it out too far. Suspense drives me personally up the wall.

This internet lifted picture of 10 week old pups should give it away. Not an ancient breed, a stable owner had bred them as ratters and they became a fad at a certain British University when students began keeping them as pets in their rat infested dorms.

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ADORABLE! 

 

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Even though my neighbor on two sides is a major horse race track, with acres of open land, fields etc and the stables are a mile+ away I do see mice here - it depends upon the season and if there is a lot of activity. I use glue pads. had to dispose of one today as it had a visitor that stayed and couldn't leave. I have regular spring traps I set in the garage.

Need to get some moth balls into the cars for the winter too but with a touring car with no side curtains up it may not be the best solution.

Walt

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