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Old 21-12-2012, 13:22   #16
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Re: a damn mouse

Did you get the rat to help get rid of the cucarachas?
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Old 21-12-2012, 13:28   #17
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Re: a damn mouse

They are very common here although we have never had one , probably due to always anchoring. We did get a snake once that swam to the boat.

The cruisers I have met all vote for the sticky paper rather than an ordinary trap.
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They are very common here although we have never had one , probably due to always anchoring. We did get a snake once that swam to the boat.

The cruisers I have met all vote for the sticky paper rather than an ordinary trap.

Noelex, have you ever cornered an angry rat? Very nasty fellows. I grew up in Chicago and we hunted them as kids with high powered BB guns and slingshots in the alleys before garbage pickup. I wouldn't have the b-lls to confront an angry rat doing a Chinese dance on sticky paper. A proper rat trap is the best ticket to safety and success.
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Old 21-12-2012, 14:52   #19
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Get plastic dink bottles, coke bottles etc and cut the bottom out of them. Then slide them onto your mooring lines so the rats cant walk up your lines.


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Old 21-12-2012, 14:54   #20
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peanut butter for sure. they can't resist it.
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I had no luck with peanut butter in Rio Dulce. Used some BBQ'd pig from July 4th at Bruno's, and that did the trick. Everyone down there said bacon or pork. So maybe Hispanic rats like meat..
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Old 21-12-2012, 16:23   #22
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If it's a mouse the plastic traps work better than the old style with the metal arm. Like these.
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Pretty sure we've got a rodent onboard. Heard him scurrying about, found a little mouse turd, then saw a couple food containers accessed. Most everything is in tough plastic but the two easy victories it managed to score.

Buying traps tomorrow.
Let's hope it is a mouse but as others have noted, it is more likely a rat; and where there is one, there are hundreds nearby, they are very social animals.

You really need "shock and awe" tactics and as MarkJ pointed out, a way of preventing reinforcements arriving.

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Pretty sure we've got a rodent onboard. Heard him scurrying about, found a little mouse turd, then saw a couple food containers accessed. Most everything is in tough plastic but the two easy victories it managed to score.

Buying traps tomorrow.
Are you sure that's not Homeland Security sneaking aboard at night?
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Ih had a rat in a city house years ago. Came into the closet from the crawlspace. I had the floor covered in sticky traps, heard screeching and that thing chewed off its trail and ran back down.

Looking back a rat trap would have been better.
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I caught a rat once but he was twice as big as the trap and it didn't outright kill him. That damn thing thrashed around and when it finally died the kitchen looked like the valentines day massacre had occured in there.

I hate rats......
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So somebody actually built a better mousetrap?
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Cinnamon. Lots of cinnamon. I know it works on moles and gophers, maybe mice and rats too???
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Re: a damn mouse

I have a cat, but she seems to run a half-way house for mice. Last time I had a mouse on board, she just watched while I did the catching.
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Yep, and I've tried a bunch of them. Peanut butter works good too. Another nice thing is the plastic ones are less likely to snap on your fingers while you are setting them, and it is easy to pick up by its back side, mouse and all, and then release the critter in the trash can (assuming he's dead).
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