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My boat gets stored in a barn and I cant seem to keep mice out of the boat. They just ate some more wiring which caused 2 tilt/trim wires to short out and run for idk how long. and im ready to burn it down. They've cost me 2 nets, a transducer cable, and tons of rope. What do you do to keep them out? I have tried a few different things. I can tell you for a fact that mothballs and dryer sheets do NOTHING! there was literally mothballs around a nest I pulled out. I have traps in boat but I would really like to prevent them from getting in instead of killing them afterwards. any help please?

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Black snakes...

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Cobras and plenty of them. No more mices.

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Buy Rat poison they sell them in bags but they are little blocks. Spread them around your boat and in the Barn.  I even have a few in the engine compartment.  They smell good to the little * and they eat those first and die.  As to being safe get a cut off switch for your battery and pull it every time you park the boat.  Your charger can still stay plugged in but no power will get to the boat at all .   Everyone should have one of those, stuff shorts out for no reason and you can do a lot of damage or even burn the boat down.   

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A plinkster with a scope, a good eye, and a lot of patience

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CATS!!!

Or a honey badger...he don't give a...

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I know one guy who puts mouse poison in footlong pvc pipes on all sides of his pole barn. That way the mice eat the poison and don't go inside his barn to die. He changes it out as needed. The long pvc keeps dogs from getting to it.  

My mom put the poison inside and we found a lot of dead mice inside. Gross. 

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Solution:

5 gallon bucket with a cover.

Cut small hole in the cover - maybe 3/4 inch or so.

Put peanut butter at the bottom of the bucket, and
maybe a little on the underside of the cover, but
about 4-5" away from the hole.

Mice love peanutbutter, will go in after it, unable to 
escape.

"humane" mouse trap.

The poison route is far more dangerous to other animals
that may feed on (snakes, predator birds), or play with
(cats & dogs) the mice. You'll find dead stuff on your 
property. I know, my folks used to have a rat problem on
their "ranch/farm" back in the 90s. We did the poison. 
It worked, but killed other things we didn't mean to harm.

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Plenty of options.

-Blow up the barn

-Use a 12 Gauge

-Sick Raider's hellhounds on 'em

-Get in the middle of a nuclear war

 

 

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People claim dryer sheets drive mice out. At the very least it will help get rid of the smell of mouse p***.

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39 minutes ago, Darren. said:

Solution:

5 gallon bucket with a cover.

Cut small hole in the cover - maybe 3/4 inch or so.

Put peanut butter at the bottom of the bucket, and
maybe a little on the underside of the cover, but
about 4-5" away from the hole.

Mice love peanutbutter, will go in after it, unable to 
escape.

"humane" mouse trap.

The poison route is far more dangerous to other animals
that may feed on (snakes, predator birds), or play with
(cats & dogs) the mice. You'll find dead stuff on your 
property. I know, my folks used to have a rat problem on
their "ranch/farm" back in the 90s. We did the poison. 
It worked, but killed other things we didn't mean to harm.

This works but the mice are able to jump out some of the times. I seen a video on it on YouTube.

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Get some cats or go to Home Depot and get a five gallon bucket, and a quarter inch dowel. Go to the grocery store and get a soup can and a jar of peanut butter

drill a hole fir the dowel to go through the middle of the bucket at the top. Next dril a hole in both ends of the soup can and place the dowel throughout soup can and in the bucket. Fill the bucket half way with water and cover the can in peanut butter. Place a board on the edge of the bucket so the mice can run up it to get in the can. They will eat the peanut butter then fall off as the can spins and die in the water. If you don't put water in the bucket they will jump out. Don't be surprised when you have 20 mice in the bucket in one night. 

 

Cats also work great too

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2 minutes ago, CenCal fisher said:

Get some cats or go to Home Depot and get a five gallon bucket, and a quarter inch dowel. Go to the grocery store and get a soup can and a jar of peanut butter

drill a hole fir the dowel to go through the middle of the bucket at the top. Next dril a hole in both ends of the soup can and place the dowel throughout soup can and in the bucket. Fill the bucket half way with water and cover the can in peanut butter. Place a board on the edge of the bucket so the mice can run up it to get in the can. They will eat the peanut butter then fall off as the can spins and die in the water. If you don't put water in the bucket they will jump out. Don't be surprised when you have 20 mice in the bucket in one night. 

 

Cats also work great too

 

 

Also put antifreeze in here I believe. It keeps the mice from rotting and smelling which will be horrible if you can't unload it quickly. This is a gross way to do it btw, don't ask me how I know. lol

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24 minutes ago, tcbass said:

 

 

Also put antifreeze in here I believe. It keeps the mice from rotting and smelling which will be horrible if you can't unload it quickly. This is a gross way to do it btw, don't ask me how I know. lol

I would skip the antifreeze if you have pets and just dump it every day or two 

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Store the boat somewhere else!

Is the floor of the barn dirt?  I have heard that storage on a concrete floor greatly reduces pests compared to when its stored on a dirt floor.  My old man constantly had problems with mice getting in his riding lawn mower during the winter when he stored it in a barn with a dirt floor and then one winter he moved it to the garage with a concrete floor and they left it alone.

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18 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Store the boat somewhere else!

Is the floor of the barn dirt?  I have heard that storage on a concrete floor greatly reduces pests compared to when its stored on a dirt floor.  My old man constantly had problems with mice getting in his riding lawn mower during the winter when he stored it in a barn with a dirt floor and then one winter he moved it to the garage with a concrete floor and they left it alone.

 

I wouldn't doubt this.

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1 hour ago, gimruis said:

Store the boat somewhere else!

Is the floor of the barn dirt?  I have heard that storage on a concrete floor greatly reduces pests compared to when its stored on a dirt floor.  My old man constantly had problems with mice getting in his riding lawn mower during the winter when he stored it in a barn with a dirt floor and then one winter he moved it to the garage with a concrete floor and they left it alone.

I have plans to concrete the floor and make a shop out if barn just not there yet. I will give bucket trap a shot. If it works I'll get to feel the revenge when I see em in there. I'm still ticked

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3 hours ago, Redlinerobert said:

I 2nd the plenty of cobras plan. 

It's official. You gotta get a lot of Cobras. Luckily for you I know a guy.:ph34r:

2 hours ago, Avalonjohn44 said:

People claim dryer sheets drive mice out. At the very least it will help get rid of the smell of mouse p***.

That smell is called "Ambiance". You get use to it.

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Hire a neighbor kid to shoot the little buggers with a BB gun, preferably one that you only have to pump every three to five shots.  Offer a quarter or fifty cents per killed mouse and you will have a dedicated mouse killer.

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51 minutes ago, IndianaFinesse said:

Hire a neighbor kid to shoot the little buggers with a BB gun, preferably one that you only have to pump every three to five shots.  Offer a quarter or fifty cents per killed mouse and you will have a dedicated mouse killer.

Would this job come with any benefits ie: health care, dental plan, 401k?  If it does I have my own BB gun and I won't shoot my eye out with it. 

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3 hours ago, CenCal fisher said:

Get some cats or go to Home Depot and get a five gallon bucket, and a quarter inch dowel. Go to the grocery store and get a soup can and a jar of peanut butter

drill a hole fir the dowel to go through the middle of the bucket at the top. Next dril a hole in both ends of the soup can and place the dowel throughout soup can and in the bucket. Fill the bucket half way with water and cover the can in peanut butter. Place a board on the edge of the bucket so the mice can run up it to get in the can. They will eat the peanut butter then fall off as the can spins and die in the water. If you don't put water in the bucket they will jump out. Don't be surprised when you have 20 mice in the bucket in one night. 

 

Cats also work great too

Slight modification to improve this: buy a jug of RV antifreeze (it's non-toxic) and pour enough of it into the water (it is lighter than water so it will rise to the top) so that you have a 1/2" to 1" layer of antifreeze on top of the water.  This will keep the dead mice from stinking up the place.

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I've heard peanut butter is the worst thing to use for bait.  Apparently its so aromatic, that it will draw mice in from a long way off.  Your best bet is to clean up any spilled feed or other easy sources of feed in the building.  Then, place some of those black plastic box-type bait stations around the perimeter of the building.  Also use the Tin Cat type traps without bait inside the barn.  Place them along walls where mice tend to run.  They tend to run right in them, rather than going around.  Unfortunately, the mice may be a chronic problem in your boat - once they leave their scent somewhere, it seems to act like a calling card for more to come check it out.

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14 hours ago, CenCal fisher said:

Get some cats or go to Home Depot and get a five gallon bucket, and a quarter inch dowel. Go to the grocery store and get a soup can and a jar of peanut butter

drill a hole fir the dowel to go through the middle of the bucket at the top. Next dril a hole in both ends of the soup can and place the dowel throughout soup can and in the bucket. Fill the bucket half way with water and cover the can in peanut butter. Place a board on the edge of the bucket so the mice can run up it to get in the can. They will eat the peanut butter then fall off as the can spins and die in the water. If you don't put water in the bucket they will jump out. Don't be surprised when you have 20 mice in the bucket in one night. 

 

Cats also work great too

Horrifying and Awesome all at the same time.

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