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  • mouses in feed room (really smells "mousey")

    I board at a really nice barn, tonight I went into the boarder's feed room to get my 27yr old's feed, and was floored by the "MOUSE POOP" smell- not something I am used to at this barn- what to do?????(ps delicacy needed)

  • #2
    Traps or poison...you also are possibly looking more at rats(who sprinkle a little pee on their food so others don't take it). Poison is a risk if there are barn cats, etc who could equally suffer. Also you trade one smell for another(poop to putrefication).
    Not sure about the delicacy needed: if it's a really nice barn as you say, I would think that they would be all over getting rid of the mice in the grain room...


    • #3
      While poison is an easy thing to use, as Rabt said, it's dangerous to farm cats. However, it's more dangerous to owls who eat the rodents and then die themselves

      Better grain control (i.e., kept in dead chest freezer), better rodent control with traps, serious hunting kitties, etc. will help more.
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      • #4
        What part of the country are you in?

        In the west, particularly the SW, mouse poop is associated with a rather nasty virus, hanta or Sin nombre
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        • #5
          Mouse trap or more cats. I prefer the cats, personally. We have a mouse hunting foxhound in the house.


          • #6
            moar kittehs!
            You are what you dare.


            • #7
              We can't do cats here because of the coyote. We use the electric rat zapper It works for mice too


              • #8
                We never smell the mice in our barn, whenever we get a funky smell we usually find a rat snake. They smell odd


                • #9
                  Traps. Several of them. Don't get the cheap wooden ones either - go with the newer plastic kind. Much much easier to handle and set.

                  Put them along the walls where the mice tend to run. It will only take a few days to anihilate most of them.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mickeydoodle View Post
                    I board at a really nice barn, tonight I went into the boarder's feed room to get my 27yr old's feed, and was floored by the "MOUSE POOP" smell- not something I am used to at this barn- what to do?????(ps delicacy needed)
                    the poop does not normally smell, but the urine does smell...it is the way they find their way along the walls.

                    you can take a bleach or lysol dilute and spray along the baseboards and corners. they rarely travel across open floor spaces

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TaliaCristianna View Post
                      Traps. Several of them. Don't get the cheap wooden ones either - go with the newer plastic kind. Much much easier to handle and set.

                      Put them along the walls where the mice tend to run. It will only take a few days to anihilate most of them.
                      Yup, you want T-Rex Traps
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                      • #12
                        md - I don't think there is any BO that is going to take offense to you mentioning you smell mice . Just go tell the BO and don't mention it to the other boarders, let the BO handle the whole thing
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
                          Yup, you want T-Rex Traps
                          THANKS A ZILLION for posting this link.
                          This trap looks like the perfect solution to the rats who have moved into my chicken coop

                          If I put one inside a bait station then I won't have to worry about the chickens eating dead/poisoned rat.

                          Do you think it would work if I baited one (inside the bait station) with peanut butter and didn't use the poison bait?
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                          • Original Poster

                            thanks for all the info, I will offer to get those Trex traps for the barn.