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reverse tarp to keep out mice ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chainsaw, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,295


    This right here is the key to the dryer sheet method. DOWNY brand is what a bazillion camping folks use to winter their units. Liberal amounts, it's pretty cheap insurance. I've had good results with it, both cars and campers. Gotta be DOWNY though... to work.
  2. 302aod
    Joined: Dec 19, 2011
    Posts: 275

    from Pelham,Tn.

    This might help next winter. I worked many years at a Ford dealership and people would come in with their blower motor noisy. Mice would take insulation or even the under the hood stuff into the squirrel cage and get it unbalanced. Clean it out( Dogfood too) after removing it would take care of the problem. As 53hattie said take away their food source. I had a problem with them years ago and they were eating dog food. I put the dogfood in a truckbed tool box on the carport and they stayed outside. If I eat in my truck and make a mess, they will come in it looking for food. I use glue traps with a piece of dogfood in it.
  3. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    Mothballs, (hard to catch enough of the critters) D-Con, and traps........

  4. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,587

    from Michigan

    A cat will get the job done... ;)
  5. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,042

    from Tampa, FL

    Well, this thread is back and we still got rats! RE the rat guards mentioned above, you better have your car up high, cause the little stinkers can jump pretty high.

    Some time back I got some squirrel "killer" - it looked exactly like peanut brittle but contained a poison that damaged their liver in about a week. I was very surprised to see they sold poison that looked and smelled like food. I tossed some of it up on the roof. It worked fine, and the little mongrels even curled up and died in the gutters for easy collection.

    But I don't have kids or even a dog back then. The neighbors might not appreciate a cat killer in the area, either. Gary
  6. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,111


    go to musiciansfrienddotcom & price cymbals. you WILL rethink this idea.
  7. robber
    Joined: Nov 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,922

    from Colorado

    I hate meeses to pieces... traps and/or D-Con work for me.
  8. 1950 silver bullet
    Joined: May 11, 2011
    Posts: 175

    1950 silver bullet

    i noticed a small hole in my headliner this spring. and a slite smell. so i took the headliner out and found. three handfulls of decon. a gallon of dog food and a shit load of pistacios. i will be trying the pans over jackstands this winter. DEEP DISH PIZZA PANS !!! SORRY I CANT SPELL....W.A.F
  9. dexleo2
    Joined: Jul 20, 2008
    Posts: 145


    a bull snake will take care of the mice, but I hate snakes so I'm trying spearmint extract in pop bottle caps placed in the car, don't know if it works yet will find out in a couple weeks. Tried the moth ball trick in my combine and tractors, but the smell of moth balls was just as bad as mouse piss. spearmint extract worked for the combine and tractors so should work for the cars.
  10. caseyrod
    Joined: Feb 9, 2008
    Posts: 138


    old fashion mouse traps&peanut butter.even in todays high tech wold no one has build a (BETTER MOUSE TRAP)
  11. Standard gas&oil
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 289

    Standard gas&oil
    from USA #1

    Rats can jump 3 ft straight out and if they are hell bent on entering your car they will. Your best bet is to install a dozen snap traps and use peanut butter on them and kill them off untill you dont have anymore. Dont use Dyer sheets please, they dont really work. I own a pest control company and if dryer sheets worked I would use them to save money over expensive rodenticides. Also dont keep gum,mints fast food wrappers in a stored vehicle, Rats and mice can smell it and will want infest it. Good luck.
  12. Mice will actually eat moth balls,,,Pepper Mint oil will deter mice and rats.HRP
  13. low-n-slo54
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,920


    I use steel half rounds in the hanger. Keeps the little buggers from climbing the landing gear.
  14. Gary in da UP
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
    Posts: 86

    Gary in da UP

    The only way to stop them is steel fence....18" high... all the way around the car. Any good lumber yard will have 50' rolls of coil stock, roll it out , set on edge, and secure the ends together. Mice can't climb or jump over it. They can pole vault over it so use few traps around the outside.....
  15. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,636


    i have a BIG fat black cat named Littleguy, Ill loan him to you!!! He loves mice, the only thing is he plays with his food!

  16. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,587

    from Michigan

    Here's one my little buddy knocked up... She had 6 kittens.. And they all get along great.. :D

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  17. Rattle Trap
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 358

    Rattle Trap

    We have three cats and no mice, gophers or rodents of any kind.
  18. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,608

    Rusty O'Toole

    I like the pie pans or pizza pans on jack stands idea, would also surround the jack stands with glue traps.
  19. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Earplugs, extension cord, small boombox.

    Yoko Ono's 1971 Fly double cd.

    Repeat button, volume LOW.

    Works on beatles, too.
  20. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,111


    now that's funny shit! please don't forget the earplugs though...
  21. Felix 40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2011
    Posts: 102

    Felix 40
    from Wisconsin

    This is gonna sound weird but I've used Crushed and Dried Peppermint leaves to keep mice out of my A coupe
    The last 2 years I've kept my car in my buddies barn. Its worked great! They sell it at health food stores, Its cheap, just put it in butter dishs one in the car one under the hood one in the trunk. I guess mice dont like the smell.
    Dryer sheets dont work,mice use them for nests.
    Just an idea for you ,I you dont want to empty buckets full of anti-freeze and expired mice.
  22. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,693


    Dryer sheets, electronic traps, sonic deterrents, do not work. Snap traps are iffy - kinda Russian roulette for mice. Chocolate works better than peanut butter. I use glue traps at entry points to the building i cannot close up and soft copper mesh such as copper scouring pads to fill holes. Mice cannot chew through it and it tears up their gums so they stop.

    A BIG BEWARE of droppings - never sweep, vacuum or blow as the hantavirus spores become airborne and this is one bad news mofo virus. I have had Hantavirus five times - the last time three weeks ago before i finally figured it out. Light headed/spacey echoey, blinding headache, back ache (kidneys) flu like achey symptoms, then you get the fever - burning up and shivering - typically 103-104˚F. Then it attacks the urinary track - pissing razorblades for two or three days. And if that was not enough it then goes to the lungs and can kill you. 50% of people whose lungs are affected die from it. My useless quack just ignored it - repeatedly and told me to take two aspirin. I got lucky five times and shit scared when I read about it here....
  23. Here's my trap. I once caught 5 mice in one day. A plastic bucket, a soda can with peanut butter smeared on it and a piece of wood as a ramp to allow the vermin to climb up to the top. They crawl across the rod, jump on the can and do a swan dive into the pool

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  24. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 3,000


    Yikes! Hantavirus can take you out. More than a few New Mexicans lost their lives a few years ago from it. Dried/ airborne deer mouse droppings were the cause.

    I'm glad you are OK.
  25. mrconcdid
    Joined: Aug 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,157

    from Florida

    Man that sounds like the Roach Motel from back in the day. " They check in but they can't check out". You Sir may have built a better Mouse Trap.

  26. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    I feed the little bastards. Oatmeal with a little brown shugar. They love it.
    I sneak a little plaster-o-paris in the snack and so far I dont have any repeat customers. I picked up some shallow dishes at a thrift store and serve them in style.
  27. rainhater1
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,147

    from az

    The electronic noise machines work, have used them for over 30 years, I have never found a mouse in all the locations I have used them in. Home depot not expensive
  28. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,185


    I just hauled what had been a hell of a nice heavy duty tarp to the dump because mice had eaten about 100 holes in it when I had it covering a pile of lumber.

    Maybe putting the car up on tall jack stands with tin pie pans upside down on or around the jack stand so the rodents can't get past them.

    I'd just like to keep the little bastards out of my house. I caught 10 with one trap in a week's time.
  29. I have found that the best mouse deterent is a 10 gauge with bird shot. A 410 will also work but you have to walk out to the garage to use it and with the goose gun you can get 'em from the front porch.
  30. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,587

    from Michigan

    That should be fun to watch... :D:D:D

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