Has anyone noticed that there is a bumper crop of rodents this year? I am having rat and mouse problems here very bad.It wasnt bad last year but now its bad.I put out Tomcat bait blocks, the big kind and they disappear from the sheds in hours.Traps of both type, sticky and spring get full daily.I even stepped on a mouse without even knowing when walking in the shed yesterday.I live smack dab in corn planting country with fields all around so I have always had to practice mouse control but its major this season.
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I catch atleast one a day in the traps I set around the shop. Out here I'm surrounded by miles and miles of desert, so where are all the mice coming from? After I catch them and they are good and stiff I throw them in the ditch by the house. I'm acually getting a pile! My main concern with the mice is that they might chew on the stack of antlers or mess up all my salted hides by eating them. I'm thinking of investing in a good cat.
Has probably messed with nature, the normal controllers are snakes and birds of prey, One owl can down 12 mice a night, are you seen owls hawks and snakes or are they lacking in your areas ?
Bunny numbers are way up, so coyotes are everywhere this year. However, I only saw ONE rattlesnake and two gopher snakes this year. To me that was pretty strange to see so few snakes. I'm always out on the horse so I see a lot of nature. Not a great deal of hawks flying around either. HMMMMMM.
reduced the rodent population which in turn reduced the predators. Not with fewer predators thare are more rodents. Nature has a way of balancing it over time.
My chickens free range and we have neigher mouse nor shrew problems here, tho I know they're in the area as other have complained. Yes, the chickens eat them and anything else they can get their beaks on! lol
this year and got over run. Couldn't even sleep at night because of the mice. They were running over my face all night. My three boys were with me and they just slept through it all but I was going nuts. Didn't sleep for three nights. I finally made a water trap and drowned 36 of those bass turds in my outfitters tent in three nights plus got one with a 410 shotgun. They finally started to believe me.
What is a water trap for mice and how is one made?
Take a wide mouthed gallon jug and fill it about a third with water. Lean the jug at a slight angle on the floor. Make some kind of ramp so the mice can get up to the mouth of the jug. Smear some peanut butter on the inside of the jug, but just out of reach of the mice. They will try to reach it and fall into the water and drowned. It works fantastic. You can clean out the mice in no time and its cheap.
Ron, Peta is going to get you, don't you know mice are living creatures and they think and feel and blah blah blah,lol