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Old 05-02-2019, 05:24   #1
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mice on board help !

Have mouse or mice on aboard.

Need advice. Shall I

1. Use mouse trap ? Worried the bait may attract more mice.

2. Remove ALL food and hope mice leave ?

Would mice if there is no food eat hose ? electrical wiring ?

Thanks

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Old 05-02-2019, 05:38   #2
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mice on board help !

Mice will eat anything, especially some types of wiring, Iíve seen them cause horrendous damage to hangered aircraft, I mean extensive, expensive damage.
Use traps, multiple ones and peanut butter seems to work great as bait.
Get them before they cause damage.
Donít use poison if you can help it, because you then have a rotting corpse that you canít get to.

Be thankful itís not a large rat, I have seen some of those that I think would take me on, they werenít afraid of me at all it seemed.
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Re: mice on board help !

Multiple traps with peanut butter. Removing the food won't help. Like bugs, they seek food, but also shelter, and may stay for that reason. They won't just leave.



Should only take 1-2 days.
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Re: mice on board help !

just use the traps and dump the bodies overboard, or leave in the trap a few days as a warning to the rest :-)
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Re: mice on board help !

They can chew thru hoses as well.

All the above plus: use multiple types of traps such baited and glue. As said, no poison.
But the quickest/best/most efficient (if you can) is de CAT!
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Re: mice on board help !

Snap-traps will work. BTDT. We had a similar problem and baited the traps with a little piece of bread with a dab of peanut butter. It worked the first night while we were off the boat. Use a relatively large trap as you might be surprised to discover how large the damned things are (as we discovered!). Just remember where you put the traps and don't put them anywhere that you might encounter one with your foot in the dark!

A more important question is how you managed to get a mouse on the boat to begin with. If they're coming up you dock lines you can make fairly effective rat guards with empty plastic liter soda bottles. Drill a hole in the center of the bottoms and pass your dock lines through the bottom and out the neck. You can "lock" them in position with a plastic zip tie around the line on the down-slope side of the bottle (face the base downward). The bottle will spin but not slide down the line and a mouse/rat won't be able to get past the bottles.

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Re: mice on board help !

C A T

the rats in the field above my boat remain away from my boat with cats and head straight for unattended boats.
sticky traps work well. unfortunately they also collect gekkos. oopsy.
there is no perfect answer, but presence on board and cat smell help a lot
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the rats in the field above my boat remain away from my boat with cats and head straight for unattended boats.
sticky traps work well. unfortunately they also collect gekkos. oopsy.
there is no perfect answer, but presence on board and cat smell help a lot
but then you need to get a dog to get rid of the cat, then a cougar to get rid of the dog, then ................. well in the end you lose
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Maybe just announce that a boat is a bad investment loudly and the rats will leave?
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but then you need to get a dog to get rid of the cat, then a cougar to get rid of the dog, then ................. well in the end you lose
all depends on whether the boat owner swallowed a fly.....
if owner didnot swallow a fly there is no issue.
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had a 70,000 sq warehouse that we had a problem with rats
no matter how many traps and glue strips we put down
got a cat and every day there would be a couple of dead rats and mice outside my door every morning plus one proud puss
he made short work of the problem
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"Victor" brand traps, tie a short length of cotton string to the bait trigger and slather some "Nutella" on the knot. The wicked creatures can't resist the hazelnut/chocolate combination. Do it soonest, 'cause the rodents will start chewing on something that will cost you a small fortune to repair/replace.
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Could also try moth balls and peppermint, mice don't like the smell.
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Have mouse or mice on aboard.

Need advice. Shall I

1. Use mouse trap ? Worried the bait may attract more mice.

2. Remove ALL food and hope mice leave ?

Would mice if there is no food eat hose ? electrical wiring ?

Thanks

jim
Likely to be a rat and not a mouse!!!
We had a rat on board last summer! Got rid of it in less than a day.
Used a snap trap with a piece of cheese. Left the boat for the evening. The rat was in the cage upon our return. Don't miss because they get clever and dangerous with regard to electronics and electrification. Dont throw the rat in the water because it swims and will end up on your neighbor ship! Its a matter of courtesy ans seamanship. Rather sink the cage! good luck
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Re: mice on board help !

Traps and more Traps, Mice, and Rats & Mice will chew on anything, Sticky Traps work well and the traditional type. Even some of those that sonic noise makers work, I had a problem at our cabin in the woods and finally, a friend suggested the ultrasonic type and they worked. good luck.
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