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I built my house about a year and a half ago (in a subdivision but the last lot on the street, right next to undeveloped pasture).  I keep my boat in the garage.

Haven't had a huge mouse problem until this spring.  Over the winter, I had one get in the boat after a trip and chew on a crankbait and a little cork and a reel handle.  Killed it.  Had another get in and chew some flurocarbon line all to pieces.  Killed it.  This past week had one get in and do some serious damage to a new Falcon Rod and and a little to some other rods.  Think I killed it too (always leave traps baited in the garage and basement).

They always chew on the stuff that has caught fish most recently.  Thought at first they were coming in when the OH door was opened.  Found later where they had chewed threw the weatherstripping and door trim.  Fixed that.  Don't know how the last one got in.  I've killed 7 I think so far this spring.  Put several traps in the garage and rod locker (never caught one it there).

Long story short, I need to fix the Falcon rod.  Luckily it just chewed the cork on the foregrip in front of the reel.  Figured I could take it off, order a new piece from Falcon, split it in two, and epoxy it back in place.

Anyone got any suggestions on the Falcon rod, how to fix the minor damage to the St. Croix or Quantum rods, or how to solve the mouse in the boat problem (I'm going to have to get a cat I guess)?

Thanks!

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Get one of these...

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The rods will no be an easy fix, lot of cutting and making sure you don't scratch or nick the blank...Personally I would contact the manufacturers and find out how much to repair, or if they are warranted then go that route. If not then try and find a local builder to do the jobs, it could cost you more if you make the mistakes and cause injury to the rod blanks.

You must have a few nest close by...As for the mice try a sudden death mouse bait trays from "Hot Shots"......Just open a corner and lay it out they eat the bait and actually take it back to the nest, they die and the nest dies..

As far as keeping them out of the boat, if it is covered take a plastic bowl and fill it with moth balls and place it down on the floor and re-cover the boat, kept the mice and squirrels out of my Nitro. They can't stand the smell of the moth balls...

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!

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As far as keeping them out of the boat, if it is covered take a plastic bowl and fill it with moth balls and place it down on the floor and re-cover the boat, kept the mice and squirrels out of my Nitro. They can't stand the smell of the moth balls...

X2 on the moth balls I had the same problem about 2 years ago before our subdivision was done I started putting the moth balls in the rod boxes no more chewing mice.

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How much is chewed off? If its just chunks removed you could grind up some cork and mix it with epoxy, using it as a filler. Then file/sand off the excess.

Or you could remove the foregrip permanently like I have done here...

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Hey that is awesome man! How did you take the cork off?

Thanks!! Being very careful with an Xacto knife I sliced the length of the grip in a couple spots staying away from the blank. Then just take a pair of pliers and rip away the cork. Next, carefully scrap and chisel away the leftover glue and cork with the knife and some acetone. Clean it up with a 320 grit sanding pad. Wrap and finish however you like.

I have a thread in the Tacklemaking forum on everything I did to this particular rod. http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1241480819

I will make up a how-to thread with pictures during the next rod I do this to. Stay Tuned!! ;)

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Thanks for the help and suggestions.  I'll definately get some mothballs.  I'm keeping the boat in the garage but I don't cover it.  Can I just put them in the rod lockers and storage bins - will that work?

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That is what I did for mine also put some under the console just in case.

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