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  • Mouse Repellent Advice

    So we have an old camp that is definitely NOT mouse proof by any means, but over this past winter, the little buggers really outdid themselves. Other than the usual nonsense of chewing on my window curtains, leaving droppings everywhere, etc., they nibbled on the rubber gaskets of my brand new propane fridge! Thankfully, the gaskets weren't chewed off, but another winter of gnawing might do them in.

    Does anyone on the forum have any recommendations for something I could apply to the fridge gaskets to keep them away? The trick is I need something that will last from November to May that doesn't have to be reapplied every few weeks. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    There are granular mouse repellants. I have to wonder if you couldn't make a paste of one and rub it on the gaskets?
    I'd also be investing in some traps, especially the type that catches multiple mice live. They'll be dead and stinking come spring time and maybe the trap would be best thrown out, but they won't be breeding or causing damage.
    Also push steel wool into every hole you can find. Mice won't chew threw it.
    Me? I'd also be putting poison out under the cabin.

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    • #3
      1. Take an old 5 gallon bucket
      2. Run a wire across top
      3. Poke a hole the bottom of a beer can And thread it on wire
      4. Put peanut butter on can
      5. Fill bottom of bucket with 4” of water (add antifreeze in unheated camp)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ILikeRocks View Post
        1. Take an old 5 gallon bucket
        2. Run a wire across top
        3. Poke a hole the bottom of a beer can And thread it on wire
        4. Put peanut butter on can
        5. Fill bottom of bucket with 4” of water (add antifreeze in unheated camp)
        The old Adirondack Mouse Trap works.

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        • #5
          I catch moles eating the beets in my garden the same way. I use a much smaller bucket and bury it at ground level. Instead of a beer can I use a dowel through a small length of plastic pipe as a spinner. A little soapy water keeps them from climbing out again before the drown in the bath bubbles.

          At another camp with the same problem I was told to use scented dryer sheets. Scattering them around seemed to keep the mice away from their usual haunts.
          "Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -Walt Whitman

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          • #6
            And don't think mothballs will ward off mice. There have been nests found full of them tho they may eventually kill them.

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            • #7
              Best to try to keep the little guys out rather than declare war there’s too many of them
              StuffIt is a product made for blocking mice sized gaps it’s made of copper so no rust stains

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              • #8
                Originally posted by stripperguy View Post
                Best to try to keep the little guys out rather than declare war there’s too many of them
                StuffIt is a product made for blocking mice sized gaps it’s made of copper so no rust stains

                Agreed. I like to use spray foam and duct seal depending on the opening.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ILikeRocks View Post
                  Agreed. I like to use spray foam and duct seal depending on the opening.
                  MDB and I own a lot of rental properties, some were built in the 1800's, so they've got some gaps here and there. So we have spent lots of time preventing break ins.
                  The stuffit is a great deterrent, I think the copper irritates their fillings...

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                  • #10
                    We put dryer sheets in our camper, and in the drawers in our camp and they seem to work. We also leave tom-cat all over when we close up camp in Dec. The aforementioned ADK mousetrap works wonders.
                    Life's short, hunt hard!

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                    • #11
                      Just a reminder that the Decon type poisons can be a problem for raptors. Mouse eats poison, gets sick, roams around in a daze looking for water, becomes easy meal for raptor, raptor gets sick and dies...
                      Be careful, don't spread invasive species!!

                      When a dog runs at you,whistle for him.
                      Henry David Thoreau

                      CL50-#23

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chairrock View Post
                        Just a reminder that the Decon type poisons can be a problem for raptors. Mouse eats poison, gets sick, roams around in a daze looking for water, becomes easy meal for raptor, raptor gets sick and dies...
                        That's a good point to make. Might not be as big a problem in winter with mice headed under the snow but, good to know.

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                        • #13
                          Fresh Cab (google it) can help, as can dryer sheets. Nothing is perfect, long-term, short of filling every hole into yout place, which is pretty hard in a cabin. SHORT TERM: Load traditional mouse trap with peanut butter. Remove carcass in morning. Rinse. Repeat.

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                          • #14
                            This seems to be a particularly bad year in our camp (western ADK). Last trip we caught 34 in snap traps over 6 nights. Moving to the bucket trap this weekend. Sick of chasing leg caught mice around in the dark.
                            Exclusion by filling holes seems the only way to ever get ahead of it. And impossible to ever fully achieve in old camps. Once that is done you’ll still have to trap and kill the mice already inside. Product named Xcluder has worked well for us in our ongoing quest.

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                            • #15
                              I believe French Louie would catch snakes and relocate them to be near his camp.
                              "There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us, And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go." -from "The Call of the Wild" by Robert Service

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