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    Rodent prevention

    Hi, i am interested to hear from the group how everyone deals with the mouse problems associated with owning and hangering. I fly semi-regular( atleast once a week). I am diligent to not leave food debris in the plane. I still have issues time and again with mice and what they leave behind. Attached i have a picture of my most recent attempt to keep them out. I formed and rolled sheet metal hoops to go around each of the main wheels and tailwheel. We shall see... I look forward to the groups thoughts on this.
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    Too humane for me, just diverting them. Glue boards catch and kill them. I just ordered another case yesterday. Not for a plane, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    Too humane for me, just diverting them. Glue boards catch and kill them. I just ordered another case yesterday. Not for a plane, though.
    NOTED. Ill get a case!

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    You might try nuclear weapons.....those little rascals are very determined. But if you find something a bit milder that works, let us all know.

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    You need a tippy bucket mouse trap. Basically a bucket of water with a ramp up to the top and a spinney bait holder that will tip and drop them in when they get out to the bait.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpT9lj91MiE
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    seriously i still like the good old victor mouse trap with a chunk of cheese. feels like im after coyotes. just set up a trapline. these new ones look like a must have.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4FSHIlRjis finger saver type for the chickens.
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    Used this stuff when we first moved into our place, which was pretty much overrun. It was VERY effective. Don’t let rabbits eat it. Got rid of that and now just have two hangar cats that do an excellent job of maintaining a mouse free hangar in the country.

    First Strike Soft Bait RAT/MICE Rodenticide Poison - 16 LBS 6666325 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GDM8SW..._iI6cEb2Y0C73S
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    poisons, you gotta wonder where they end up?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xt7s6Ad654
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    Iv been using this stuff for years, and check the trap line dailyClick image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempdoug View Post
    poisons, you gotta wonder where they end up?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xt7s6Ad654
    The mice and rats crawl into walls and die. I've had walls opened up to remove dead mice and just a few weeks ago a rat died in the ceiling at my shop offices. Nasty business, dealing with stinking rotten critters. No more poison around my property. Catch them or chase them off.

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    Moth balls usually work in enclosed areas.


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    have two hangar cats
    Yeah - and they proof-load test their catching mechanism by climbing pantlegs!

    On the other hand, as one might guess, they're amazingly friendly. So most likely, they're stealing the old man's beer and taking it outside to a secret hideaway to share with the mice.
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    Ive tried everything cept the nuclear option

    What seems to work is peppermint. Crazy but since i started using this candy no more mouses


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    I work with a guy who collects classic cars. He said a lot of collectors use vanilla tree shaped air fresheners. I've had mice get into my 185 so figured it would be a cheap method to try. I use 3 of them. I set one on the tailwheel head and the other 2 on the steering arms and cable. If a mouse did try to get in via the tailwheel it would probably knock the air freshener onto the floor letting you know its time to start searching inside the plane. I haven't had any problems since.

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    A Jack Russel Terrier is way more effective and much quicker than a cat!
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    I've yet to try this one - heard it a few days ago

    Mix tasty rodent food (non poisonous) with Polyfilla powder and place in a suitable place.
    Polyfilla mixes with gastric juices - hardens - blocks gut - rodent dies!

    The big advantage is that poison bates do not go further up the food chain when the carcass is scavenged.

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    PS - In the US try Spackle powder
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    3 vehicles and 2 airplanes in my hangar and the only ones that attract mice are the 180 and my wife's car. We've recently found dryer sheets keep them out of her car.
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    Thanks for all the feedback guys. My take away so far is combining the rings around wheels and glue traps.

    Poison is a no-go due to the chances of death and decomp in the plane or hanger.

    Happy new year!

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    glue traps suffer from dust, in a very short time it drops off there effectiveness. and 1 mouse you gotta toss em or put up with the stink. and ive got screenings piles and cattle in the yard, so i dont buy them anymore. those rings should work real well. my first plane was a low houred 1966 cessna 150 barn find for 2500 bucks, getting it home, another story, getting out 10 gallons of mouse home in one wing, never again. plane should have stayed in the barn. again the rings should really help. ive got my harem of fed but hungry cats and victor snap traps and things are good. rats in the feed pile-12 gauge.
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    Here's my collection of electronic traps I just brought down from the attic a few days ago. In 2 years of operation they got 1 mouse. My assortment of baited spring traps also got 1 during the same time. Glue boards in one year are at 9 or 10. And one small snake. No dust issues here.

    These electronic traps are a waste of time. They'll get pitched. I do have ultrasonic repellers and I think they worked initially but not so well now. Maybe they wear out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    ... I do have ultrasonic repellers and I think they worked initially but not so well now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtailjohn View Post
    A Jack Russel Terrier is way more effective and much quicker than a cat!
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    Both.... and no mice!
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    I use a product that I get from our local farm supply store. It’s call fresh cab and it is a rodent repellent that I use in the plane and my boat. No mice since I started using it. Cost around $14 for a box of 4. Nice pleasant clove smell in the cub when I open the door too!


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    After watching a hangar neighbor weekly empty multiple mice from his Victor Tin Cats, I got my own. They catch mice in our hangar and in our ground level apartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N86250 View Post
    After watching a hangar neighbor weekly empty multiple mice from his Victor Tin Cats, I got my own. They catch mice in our hangar and in our ground level apartment.
    Googled this, I see it's a "humane" trap (live capture).
    Is he releasing live mice?
    Maybe it's the same ones over & over.
    A short roundtrip outside & back isn't a bad exchange for a free meal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    Googled this, I see it's a "humane" trap (live capture).
    Is he releasing live mice?
    Maybe it's the same ones over & over.
    A short roundtrip outside & back isn't a bad exchange for a free meal.
    I have a windup live trap. Catches up to 8 or 9 at a time. I suppose you could call it humane, but not how I use it. I just carry it out to a straight-sided trough, call the cats and dog, and then open it over the trough.

    Our cats and dog think it's the greatest fun we can have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVBottomly View Post
    I have a windup live trap. Catches up to 8 or 9 at a time. I suppose you could call it humane, but not how I use it. I just carry it out to a straight-sided trough, call the cats and dog, and then open it over the trough.

    Our cats and dog think it's the greatest fun we can have.

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    Just leave them in there for a few days...you'll only have to dump one or maybe 2 that are left....but lots of feet and tails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    Googled this, I see it's a "humane" trap (live capture).
    Is he releasing live mice?
    Maybe it's the same ones over & over.
    A short roundtrip outside & back isn't a bad exchange for a free meal.
    Mostly dead. The live ones got the heel of a boot. The mice in my traps are usually dead when I remember to check and find them. The ones that are still scratching get a shot of starting fluid under an old towel so they go to sleep permanently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtailjohn View Post
    Just leave them in there for a few days...you'll only have to dump one or maybe 2 that are left....but lots of feet and tails.
    John
    Right. I did that last winter when I forgot the trap for a month, and found a mummified mouse wrapped around the trigger mechanism after it tried to burrow out under it. I never found time or fortitude to try to extract it....

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    I leave a roll of toilet paper in the baggage and check it each time I get in. The mouse will chew on it for nest material rather than the cords in the wings.....eventually they get thirsty or hungry and leave the plane for a nice meal of poison and a drink and die out there.....

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    I’ve been using the packets as above, look like bean bags , and toss them in all the planes. Seems to work good. The moth balls are not effective and are highly toxic. Had a guy load a tri-Pacer with them, you would gag in it. Told him it wasn’t safe to fly that way.
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    We use Kness Ketch All wind up mouse traps at our farm shop, which also serves as a hanger. As others have stated, the mice are usually in some state of decomposition by the time we check them, but if a live mouse is found it is humanly dumped in a bucket of used oil. The traps are placed every 20'-50' along the wall. Being it is a farm shop, mice are probably brought in each time a piece of equipment or a truck that has been setting a while comes in the door. So far the Ketch All supplemented with baited victor style seem to be keeping up as we haven't seen a nest anywhere so far. We also have a few of the old style baited victor traps to mix it up a bit as it seems some mice won't go into the box traps. Glue traps work good in truck cabs and might not be a bad idea to put one on the floor of the cockpit or in the baggage if you have a resident mouse in your plane. The 5 gallon bucket traps with the rolling bottle are good in cold storage where we don't check very often. Used oil in the bottom of the bucket works very well as it doesn't freeze and the odor of dead mice isn't as bad. We also use bait stations with poison in cold storage buildings. 3-5 Ketch All traps would be plenty in a T hanger and should run $80-$125, a small price to pay to minimize mice misery.
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    the ramp to plank into 5gallon bucket with 4 inches of water in it works well. One after another going for that peanut butter they walk the plank and fall in.
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    Had a freeloader in my truck last winter shitting all over, cut a small gallon plastic container open was about 6 inches hi, put in on the passenger floor with a little ramp leading to a plank with peanut butter and the next morning the little **** machine was done for.
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    Antifreeze (glycol) in that bucket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    You need a tippy bucket mouse trap. Basically a bucket of water with a ramp up to the top and a spinney bait holder that will tip and drop them in when they get out to the bait.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpT9lj91MiE
    This seems like a great idea.

    I think I should i should make one.

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    I’m going to build an “electric perch” for this spring’s nesting and crapping season in my hanger...400 volts ought to do it....

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    baits.

    1. Small slices of hot dog (cooked or uncooked)
    2. A dollop of maple syrup (mice have a sweet tooth)
    3. Bacon bits that you have cooked up yourself or even raw – not the ones from a jar or can. Bacon grease can also work well.
    4. Smooth or chunky peanut butter
    5. Gumdrops or other sweet candies (softer candies as opposed to harder ones)
    6. Chocolate (mice love chocolate!)
    7. Strong smelling soft cheese
    8. Bits of cracker mixed with butter
    9. Bird Seed or Nuts
    10. Pet Food (wet cat or dog food is especially effective)

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