keep mice out of oven/stove during winter?

yellowpupsApril 24, 2010

We have a summer cottage on the lake that we close up each winter. And each winter, mice get into the stove/oven and make a smelly mess - so that we can't even use the oven because of the putrid odor it puts out. We've tried laying heavy moth balls around the back of the stove; also tried laying lots of 'Bounce' (fabric softener sheets - they actually work great everywhere else in the cottage!). Anyone have ideas for how to wrap up or close up the stove to prevent the little stinkers from getting in? Any and all advice appreciated!

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We have a cottage on Maine coast - To keep the lil pests from getting in you have to act like one - They likely are getting in through a small plumbing hole or the likes - I have plugged all holes with steel wool - they won't go near it. Once they get in they will look for food/nesting - Make certain to give oven/stove good cleaning before closing up - their urine is putrid -

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 11:22AM
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@jejvtr....not to hijack the thread but I am jealous of having a Maine cottage..Dh is from Maine and we love it there...just wish we could stay somewhere else besides the inlaws!!!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 2:49PM
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Thanks, jejvtr! Unfortunately, it's impossible for us to find all the holes in this old cottage that are possible entry points for the l'il critters (we do our best, but...). So we have to think instead about how best to seal up or plug up the stove. Were you suggesting steel wool to plug up orifices in the stove?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 1:24PM
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Funny you should mention this. I was just talking to a plumber who was doing some work for us at a summer house, and he mentioned that he attached wire mesh around the back openings of his stove at a hunting cabin. He takes it off when the stove is in use. I asked if we should do that too, but he avoided the question.
I'll certainly think about that next winter.
We also have too many openings (try as we might to check on the stone foundation, since the smallest crack in the mortar is big enough) to seal completely.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 8:01AM
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Chester, great idea! I was thinking along those lines, and the wire mesh seems like a good fix. I think we might do that + tape sheets of 'Bounce' to the mesh as an added precaution(the mice hate Bounce. Hope it works -- We're buying a new stove for the cottage and I don't want to waste $$ if the mice are going to ruin it during the first winter! Thanks again to all for your advice!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 1:34PM
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