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Old 21-12-2012, 18:03   #31
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Re: a damn mouse

Not really to hard to make up rat gardes for your lines ! But that won't stop a warf rat from getting a board cus most of us are way to close to the docks it keep em from jumping up on your decks! Hell they swim better then most folks ! Ya need big rat traps and pork or fish to get em !! We have had to change from spring traps to live traps just cus they quit going to the spring traps!! Most of the rats in the worlds ports are of Norwegian Warf rat background, we have seen 2 of them in agana Guam head and tail a german sheapard dog!! They can get big and are sure smart and mean !!
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Old 21-12-2012, 18:47   #32
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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.
:shudder: I so didn't want to read this post. Please god. No snakes. No snakes. No snakes. NOooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
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Two sticky traps and one mechanical are set. I'd much rather have a snake.
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Two sticky traps and one mechanical are set. I'd much rather have a snake.
There are other creatures that might be worse to have on board:
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Old 21-12-2012, 19:28   #35
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We used to have mice in our house regularly. Aside from trying to plug any holes we could find with steel wool...etc, we also installed the following in the basement (main point of entry) and in our attic (another place we'd hear them). Since, we have had them.

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Assuming you are on shore power, they won't penetrate walls, but if can put them in a place where it covers the entry point(s) and maybe even outside to keep them of the boat somehow, it might work. Not sure how feasible it is to use them on your boat, but figured it's worth a mention.
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Tie a piece of line to the trap and secure the bitter end. I have had rats aboard in San Diego, which come down the dock all the way to the end tie. Once they get aboard and get caught in a trap, they are capable of dragging the trap a fair distance. Only the lucky ones get their necks broken by the spring trap. Most of the others just get stuck in the trap and want to drag it around and make a mess.. Peanut butter is king!
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Ugly thought to have a pregnant wife and a small child aboard with a nasty rat. Feelin' for ya.
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In Hawaii we used Peanut Butter for mice and rats. It seem like Heroin for them
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In Hawaii we used Peanut Butter for mice and rats. It seem like Heroin for them
Or crack. I've had a rat crawl over the body of one of his fellows in a trap to get to the peanut butter in the second trap. They just can't help it.
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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.
I suppose lawyers don't count ( sorry to all the lawyers on the forum. I am told they mostly like lawyer jokes)

When camping a few years ago a friend who was sleeping next to me in sleeping bag had his nose bitten by a rat. It was a serious wound, so I have no illusions that they are harmless.
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Anyway, it second hand information, but I am assured the sticky traps work best. Apparently the rats roll around when they first get stuck effectivly wrapping themselves up.
One cruiser was so horrified we didn't have a sticky trap on board that he rowed over the next morning and gave is one. The guidebooks warn to always have plastic bottles around shore lines at certain islands.
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3am and no noise from the rat, no action on any of the three traps scattered around. Didn't have any peanut butter but I'll go into town and score some tomorrow. I'll pop the sails open too and make sure the little bastard hasn't taken up residence in there.

I'd at least like to hear the damn thing so I know it's still here.
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Didn't have any peanut butter but I'll go into town and score some tomorrow. .
Ensure its Organic peanuts with the peanut oil retained not removed and replaced with vegetable oil. You just stir the oil in and its much better for your mouse with Omega 3 for his fur - really makes it shiny, and natural anti oxidents for vascular health because he only has a teeny-weeny little heart. Also ensure he gets plenty of fibre.
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Another thought is make sure its a rat. Some years ago on a visit to Sri Lanka I had warned about rats because the risk of rabies. My rabies immunisation was a bit suspect and I was sleeping on the floor, with lots of holes on the wall (real 5 star accommodation). For the first couple nights I was woken up with " rats" scurrying around. Anyway they were cockroaches not rats.
Large insects can make a lot of noise.
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Two sticky traps and one mechanical are set. I'd much rather have a snake.

Well that will work out then when the snake eats the mouse/rat.

But this sounds it is going to be an issue to your wife.
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Ensure its Organic peanuts with the peanut oil retained not removed and replaced with vegetable oil. You just stir the oil in and its much better for your mouse with Omega 3 for his fur - really makes it shiny, and natural anti oxidents for vascular health because he only has a teeny-weeny little heart. Also ensure he gets plenty of fibre.

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