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Mice in barn

Posted by indianaben (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 2, 06 at 9:54

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, but here goes...

It appears, judging by the droppings, that mice have been visiting my barn. Currently there is not much in the barn and definitely no food. But this barn is in the woods so I was expecting that I'd find some critters in there eventually.

I'd like to keep the mice out of the barn if possible. Any ideas on how to do this? I have a large sliding door that leaves a small gap for mouse access. Has anyone had any luck sealing a large sliding barn door?

Eventually I am going to finish part of the barn, but until then I'd like to be able to put things in there and not worry about mice making their homes in it (like a couch).

For now I'm going to go with traps. I also may try planting mint, I've heard mice don't like it. And I will build a barn owl nesting box in hopes of luring owls to do my dirty work.
Any other ideas???


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RE: Mice in barn

Get a cat.


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RE: Mice in barn

I have mice living in my garage. There's no food in there. Well, I take that back. I had some Corn Gluten Meal in the garage for a while. Guess where some ended up? In my car's engine compartment. I think they were stashing it there. So, now I keep nothing at resembles mouse food in my garage, but they still come in and nest just inside the door.

Short version is, I caught ONE in a trap. I guess the others are too smart. I have dogs so I'm not using poison. I think cats are the only way to
go. :(


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RE: Mice in barn

Here is some pretty good information.

http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/pest/mouse.htm


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RE: Mice in barn

You need a couple of these.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wind-up mousetrap


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RE: Mice in barn

If you are not going to be spending alot of time in the barn and are able to air it out when you need to be in there, moth balls work wonderful for all small critters including insects. But you need to be careful if it is sealed up the mothballs can make you sick. I use them at work in a building that was infested with mice and insects. I make sure to open oppossing doors or windows fifteen to twenty minutes before starting work and have experienced no ill side effects. And it covers the mice and insect odor. Good luck.


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RE: Mice in barn

I'm wondering whether to try mothballs or peppermint/spearmint in my attic for mice/rats/critters?

My house appears to be well sealed from the attic but then again you never really know. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..........so if I mint out the attic will it get rid of the unwanted tenants???

can't us poison (gotta dog) don't want to use glue or traps cuz I'll have to climb up there and dispose of the carcasses, etc.


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