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Is that a mouse in your empennage or....

sj

Staff member
Northwest Arkansas
Someday this year, I will get my C-180 back from a Pponk installation that Steve Pierce is doing for me. It had literally sat for a couple years prior and this airplane has always been a mouse magnet since I have owned it. My cub sits 100' away and I have never had a mouse in it that I know of - birds yes, lots and lots of birds, but no mice.

What are your strategies for dealing with mice? I don't like the smell of mothballs any more than the mice do. I've heard dryer sheets work, I have heard all kinds of different things. One friend of mine who has several planes and a lot of cars told me he has a professional exterminator handle it at his place. It's $40 per month, but worth it.

The plane sits on concrete, but it is a thee sided hangar in the country. There are cats around, but they can only eat so many mice...

Any help is appreciated!

sj
 
The bane of having a camp in Maine. We have tried dryer sheets liberally to return in the spring to have brown rice on the sheets. We have tried every electronic pest noise maker known and came waway with the opinion that these make noise. A few years ago Jen found this mouse poison in little white sacks that basically do not poison the mice immediately so that they die in the walls of the camp but force them to water and neuter them. This mouse solution also was safe for other animals and did not affect a predator such as birds that may eat the mice. They absolutely worked and we have used them for 2 seasons. I am sad to say howvever that our local hardware store stopped carrying the product and I do not know why. It was an issue for this coming fall when my stash is depleted up north.
John
 
John, do you know the name of it, or manufacturer or composition??
We may be able to find it up North or at the farm depot.
JD
 
Someday this year, I will get my C-180 back from a Pponk installation that Steve Pierce is doing for me.

Why don't you just slap Steve upside his head :lol:

I'll get back to you with the name of the blocks of mouse poison I use, they can't take it away and store it like they do with the other stuff, they eat it and die. I also put traps all over my hangar, but you have to check them all the time. You're right, mouse pee isn't good for aluminum.

Tim
 
I fix up some 5 gallon pails with about 3" of RV antifreeze in the pail. Run a welding rod through the top and place a empty water bottle on it covered in Peanut butter. lean a small board against it so the mice can get up to the Peanut butter. When they get out on the bottle, the bottle spins and dumps them in the antifreeze. Nothing attracts mice like peanut butter.
 
Mouse away

For about 10 years while I had a Class A RV I used this product called Mouse away! It comes in a spray can and The procedure was to just spray some inside a brown paper lunch size bag and curl the top over, I placed them here and there around the RV and never had any mouse evidence again. Worked for me. I had mouse trouble before finding that stuff but Never saw any signs after. Mouse Away by DRV products. Don't know if it's still around or not but that was the Stuff.
 
Steve,

A strip of aluminum flashing wrapped in a ring with the two ends held together with velcro, placed around the tailwheel works for me, and other friends with planes in hangars on farms here in Virginia.

The mice appear to not bother (or not be able to) to climb the side of bushwheels, so it is only necessary to put the wrap around the tailwheel.

Bob
 
Steve,

bring it up here and park it, I will keep them out for you! :lol:

The five gallon bucket works great! But if you put two inches of water in it, they will drown, but not be toxic for other critters.
 
Drench the tail cone with ACF-50. I don't think they like to walk through the stuff plus keeps the jackscrews lubed.
 
Mice have to eat... so feed 'em

Go to a farm store and get some "just one bite" warfarin blocks (not pellets) and put them around inside the hanger. We used to do this around our duck blinds and it worked wonders!
 
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I still use wolf urine to keep varmints away from things I want to protect. Moose, rabbits, voles, none venture anywhere near. Human pee works best for bears. :D Other predator pee is available and may work better in your region. We use small plastic bottles with holes dilled in the sides, insert a cotton ball, put a few drops of urine on the cotton ball, and hang the bottle. No more critters. It looks like Bobcat pee and scent tags may be the ticket for you.

http://www.predatorpee.com/
 
Stewart,

Those are some pretty diverse and interesting products on that website.

This one is particularly nutty...

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sj
 
skunkertx said:
So they take a bite and then go into the tail section and die?

Nice.
I just proposed a proven method of eradication, disposal is optional.

In my experience once they get sick, takes a few days, then they leave the den to croak at least with field rats anyway.
 
steve said:
Stewart,

Those are some pretty diverse and interesting products on that website.

This one is particularly nutty...

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sj

That's probably a healthier solution than the one I use, which usually involves wearing a Pic burner like a necklace and chain smoking cigarettes. :eek:
 
I use D-Con Mice and Rat killer. I put them in the corners of the hangar. These trays are about 3" x 3" square. I check them often. The mice have been eating them.

My dad told me he uses the D-Con block like the one pictured above and has not had any problem.
 
StewartB said:
I still use wolf urine to keep varmints away......

boy and you thought flying around shooting them was hard....

landing and getting them to stop and pee in a bottle must be a chore......... :crazyeyes: :crazyeyes: :crazyeyes:
 
SJ,

Try this tried and true remedy. Follow the steps exactly!

1. Put on a pair of tall work boots, a pair of shorts and full length stocking cap, with eyes cut out, pulled all the way down.

2. Combine 2 parts jelly beans, 1 part vodka, 3 parts gunpowder and a dab of leather conditioner into a 5 gallon grey bucket.

3. Mix well and with a 3 inch paintbrush, outline your plane on the hangar floor, like a homocide scene.

4. Now, with an ace of spades playing card taped to the top of your stocking cap, run around that painted perimeter 4 times at your fastest speed while repeatidly wispering "on a steal horse I ride..."

You'll never see the vermin again. Guaranteed.

...or at least as well as any of these other ideas shared so far.

Oh yeah, be sure to video this process to share your success with others here

Andrew
 
jasimmons said:
SJ,

Try this tried and true remedy. Follow the steps exactly!

1. Put on a pair of tall work boots, a pair of shorts and full length stocking cap, with eyes cut out, pulled all the way down.

2. Combine 2 parts jelly beans, 1 part vodka, 3 parts gunpowder and a dab of leather conditioner into a 5 gallon grey bucket.

3. Mix well and with a 3 inch paintbrush, outline your plane on the hangar floor, like a homocide scene.

4. Now, with an ace of spades playing card taped to the top of your stocking cap, run around that painted perimeter 4 times at your fastest speed while repeatidly wispering "on a steal horse I ride..."

You'll never see the vermin again. Guaranteed.

...or at least as well as any of these other ideas shared so far.

Oh yeah, be sure to video this process to share your success with others here

Andrew

We do the same thing here [ mostly on friday nights ] but we use a Jack instead of a Ace :drinking:

Glenn
 
180Marty said:
Drench the tail cone with ACF-50. I don't think they like to walk through the stuff plus keeps the jackscrews lubed.

I use that trick for birds. But i put grease instead of ACF. Put it around the openings. Never got any birds since ten years. And they don't try hard, once one of them try the stuff on it's feathers, it hate it so much it somehow tells the other ones.

I suppose it could do the trick with mouse. At least worth trying. A good waterproof grease. They might really hate it when trying to lick themselves clean.

I would.

Louis

( i might try it on the knob of my workshop to see if i can get rid of teenagers)
 
There's lots of rodent baits out there. Just remember your pets. I lost a nice German Shepard when the neighbor helped me out with some rat bait one time.

Mark
 
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