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Old 21-09-2020, 12:17   #1
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How to prevent mice.

How do I prevent mice coming on board when in a Marina? I have a dog so if mice came on board I would not be able to use poison.
How do they come in?
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Old 21-09-2020, 12:23   #2
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Rat Guard or trade the dog for a cat.
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Old 21-09-2020, 12:30   #3
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Rat Guard or trade the dog for a cat.
Thanks. Can they come up the fenders?
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Thanks. Can they come up the fenders?
Probably. Weíre back to getting a cat. Iíve got a cat who has caught untold numbers of lizards, two snakes and a baby snapping turtle. No you canít have her.

Old fashioned mouse traps do work and wonít kill your dog. If you donít want to kill them, the smallest Hav-A-Hart trap will catch mice alive.
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Old 22-09-2020, 06:02   #5
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There are non-toxic mouse/rat baits. Rodents are not able to vomit, or belch, so these kinds of baits take advantage of that. They swell up inside their stomachs and create a lot of gas, thereby killing them. Even if your dog ate a lot of it, it would make him very uncomfortable, but it wouldn't kill him. And then, you can place the baits in areas that the dog would have trouble getting to.


Here is an example: https://www.amazon.com/EcoClear-Prod.../dp/B00RU6YHJW
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There are non-toxic mouse/rat baits. Rodents are not able to vomit, or belch, so these kinds of baits take advantage of that. They swell up inside their stomachs and create a lot of gas, thereby killing them. Even if your dog ate a lot of it, it would make him very uncomfortable, but it wouldn't kill him. And then, you can place the baits in areas that the dog would have trouble getting to.


Here is an example: https://www.amazon.com/EcoClear-Prod.../dp/B00RU6YHJW
What a horrible thing to do to them. We need better humane management options.
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At anchor or at dock I put bronze wool in the hawse holes (rubber underway). All other vent holes have a stainless steel mesh screens. And also screens on all deck hatch openings. Plug/screen any holes 1" or greater. Keep all foods in sealed containers below.

I have never had a problem, but a neighboring boat had at least 1 that was quickly solved with a dab of peanut butter on a glue trap. Put them in galley cabinets and bilge where dog can't get to them.
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There are non-toxic mouse/rat baits. Rodents are not able to vomit, or belch, so these kinds of baits take advantage of that. They swell up inside their stomachs and create a lot of gas, thereby killing them. Even if your dog ate a lot of it, it would make him very uncomfortable, but it wouldn't kill him. And then, you can place the baits in areas that the dog would have trouble getting to.


Here is an example: https://www.amazon.com/EcoClear-Prod.../dp/B00RU6YHJW
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No glue trap for me. Too cruel.
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Old 22-09-2020, 08:52   #10
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Don't use poison. They will find the warmest place to die and the decay process will stink out your boat for weeks.
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I set bait traps on the dock and glue traps inside. Nothing is too cruel for those mosters when compared to the cost in time and damage.
I had some move onboard for a couple weeks while I was absent. The destruction was phenomenal. Wish I knew where the photos are. They destroyed everything. Chewed every label off every can. Chewed through liquid soap and condiments. Prescription drugs. Even Viagra. Wonder how that worked out for them. The carpet in the Vberth was destroyed. Wiring was chewed through. Clean up and repair took a few days.
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Get a cat.
But keep it very hungry.
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Old 22-09-2020, 09:49   #13
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Check out plastic soda bottles for rat guards.
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Old 22-09-2020, 10:10   #14
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I've heard that closing or blocking all openings and placing running gas generator at base of companionway steps works. Rats will die from carbon monoxide poisoning at companionway while attempting to escape.
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The usual human option smash it on the head or my cat kills or , but if my dig killed a deer there would be uproar.
Catch it humanly and take it off, put a bell on your cat and if you have a high driven prey dog that I do muzzle them honestly get a grip
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