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  • Mouse control?

    Hi all;
    I am sick and tired of the mice running around my barn! I have cats that kill mice, and a small dog that hunts and kills them as well, but they can't seem to control the population (to my satisfaction)- to be honest, I am a little hyper-sensitive to mouse poop, so things probably aren't that bad, but i just can't take it anymore!
    All food/grain is locked up tight, so no idea why they are so enthusiastic about my place.
    I'm looking for a non-animal (since I have enough of those already) solution for the mice that will not harm the cats and dogs, should they get ahold of a carcass. I've got the humane traps set up which catch a few (so then i drive them MILES away and release them) but that's not enough. I hate the sticky traps, because all they seem to catch is barn dirt and if a mouse does get in there, it's really inhumane, IMO, and the normal "old-school" traps don't seem to catch anything at all.
    Any suggestions for a poison (or alternative) that is not harmful to kitties or doggies that are around 10 lbs?
    I used to have snakes around (non-poisonous) that really helped, but then puppy decided she liked to kill those as well.

  • #2
    We do use the old school traps, not the sticky ones, but the the snap kind, and depending on where you put them, they can (for us) be very effective-use with peanut butter and seeds and we can get a "full house" almost every night, or every few days anyway. No poisons. I hate doing it but not a fan of mice poop either!! They all get full burials (sometimes in a communal grave)!!!!


    • #3
      Upgrade to the newer form of snap traps: T-Rex It's what the pros use.

      Also consider putting up an owl box to attract Barn Owls. They are truly the best for rodent control. One pair of barn owls, raising an average of 4 owlets per clutch, can consume 2,000 - 3,000 mice in a breeding season.
      <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


      • Original Poster

        I LOVE the idea of Owls! Any good Owl boxes out there for purchase, or good plans?


        • #5
          I've got lotsa info!

          Using Barn Owls for Rodent Control: http://tommy51.tripod.com/aboutbarnowls.html

          Attracting Barn Owls in the U.S. http://www.barnowlvideo.com/attract.html & http://www.raptorcenter.org/barn-owl.asp

          Info on which owls use boxes, etc. – http://www.hungryowl.org/boxes.html

          Build An Owlbox – http://www.hungryowl.org/boxes.html#purchase

          If you want to just buy one: http://www.barnowlboxes.com/index.ph...hk=1&Itemid=18

          (NOTE: The box with the camera is the same one used by Carlos Royal when he live-streamed Molly & McGee, the world's most famous barn owls )
          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


          • #6
            We use the snap type traps plus one of those box traps where the mice go in and can't get out. Know it is time to empty the box one when my JRT starts batting it around, trying to break in. Not the most "humane" since they just perish eventually from being confined, but this is war and I've stopped feeling too sorry for the nasty things.


            • #7
              water bucket traps.
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