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Old 10-01-2019, 02:13 PM   #1
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We got a family of voles trying to run roughshod on the grounds.

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10,000 more and you’ll have a coat. 7mm-08?
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Need to bring back the vole weevils.
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And here I thought this was going to be a good news thread about the Beavs ...

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7mm-08?


Victor $2.99
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Victor is as quick as a 7mm-08.
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What is the bait? The second vole gets the bait. I wonder if they make a semi-automatic Victor.
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And here I thought this was going to be a good news thread about the Beavs ...

And I thought it was a thread about the capitol building and its inhabitants.
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Man cave cat has four mice in the last three days.
She seems to think the heads the best part, judging by the headless mouse bodies.
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Man cave cat has four mice in the last three days.
She seems to think the heads the best part, judging by the headless mouse bodies.
Bout the same here. Gotta watch where I step in the morning dark, with my first cup of jo, and stroll out onto the patio.
Ours has been thinning out the shrews and mice all summer.
They don't eat the shrews. But they sure clean up on the mice.
Sure was funny to watch our big cat try and catch a Douglas squirrel running along the top of the fence this summer.
Cat thought it was gonna catch up, when the squirrel leaped up into the neighbors tree. Cat slammed on the brakes so fast, she nearly lost her grip on the fence.
Squirrel just sat on the branch and raised HE double hockey pucks with her.
Man those things can make a lot of noise.
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What is the bait? .


Dehydrated apricots.
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And I thought it was a thread about the capitol building and its inhabitants.
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Washington D. C. is full of them!
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They could probably use a little rat poison back there.
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Seriously, didn't I just see on the news last night that there was a mouse running through the White House? No kidding, they were trying to 'get' it but it looked like it ran under a treadmill? and then back behind something else....lol.
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They could probably use a little rat poison back there.
The commercial guys use bait stations and they work great. Had a problem with a rental..solved within a couple weeks. BOOM!

Contrary to common belief the mice ran outside to die & no wall odors. We now keep 3 bait stations around the foundation and no issues since.
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Contrary to common belief the mice ran outside to die & no wall odors. We now keep 3 bait stations around the foundation and no issues since.

How about the pet dog or cat that eats the poisoned mice?

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Contrary to common belief the mice ran outside to die & no wall odors. We now keep 3 bait stations around the foundation and no issues since.
When I bought my current house I had to tear out a wall and sheetrock from a bathroom ceiling to get the dead mice the previous owner poisoned. He set out bait stations all over instead of just trapping and removing dead ones. They die where they die.
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CCW, they get a dose of blood thinner (warfarin/Coumadin), but I wonder how much.
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When I bought my current house I had to tear out a wall and sheetrock from a bathroom ceiling to get the dead mice the previous owner poisoned. He set out bait stations all over instead of just trapping and removing dead ones. They die where they die.
Ideally keep the bait stations outside against your foundation. Getting things under control Is tough. I took the chance and had no wall odor. They told me mice/rats search for water after eating the bait.

The whole scenario is no fun, glad ours is under control now.
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Not all pest bait is created equal. The over the counter stuff will kill 'em, but they end up dead wherever they happen to be and WILL cause a stink. The commercial bait has something in it that prevents the odor from being too bad. But rest assured, they still die wherever they happen to be. Just because you can't smell them don't mean they are not in the walls.

The big extra strength large glue traps work pretty well if you move them around for an element of surprise.
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I have never been able to find a poison that doesn’t have a secondary poisoning risk. I dont want to lose my dogs, or the eagle that nests in our woods, over a mouse. I use glue traps, plus tomcat attractant on resettable traps.



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Not all pest bait is created equal. The over the counter stuff will kill 'em, but they end up dead wherever they happen to be and WILL cause a stink. The commercial bait has something in it that prevents the odor from being too bad. But rest assured, they still die wherever they happen to be. Just because you can't smell them don't mean they are not in the walls.

The big extra strength large glue traps work pretty well if you move them around for an element of surprise.
Exterminator here, going on a decade... there’s nothing special in the bait we use to prevent smell from dead rodents. And I’ve used all kinds over the years. The difference between pro/homeowner is the quantity in which I can buy things and the price. most of what I have on me can be found at a feed store or Home Depot in one form or another, albeit at a much higher cost.
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I'll take your word for it. That's not how I heard it, but, I'm just a 2nd hand whistle blower! Quantity was never an issue, and by extension, neither was effectiveness. My issue is listening to my better half complain about the smell. Prebaiting an unset trap for a few days then setting it has worked. So has putting out sticky traps in spots that didn't have a trap yesterday.
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I'll take your word for it. That's not how I heard it, but, I'm just a 2nd hand whistle blower! Quantity was never an issue, and by extension, neither was effectiveness. My issue is listening to my better half complain about the smell. Prebaiting an unset trap for a few days then setting it has worked. So has putting out sticky traps in spots that didn't have a trap yesterday.
Pre-baiting is an excellent technique for rats, I highly recommend it. Most rodenticides do have a tendency to dry out a dead rodent more than one that dies in a trap, I could see some exterminators selling that as “makes them not smell as bad”.

I bait inside for rodents every single day. I kill a ton of rats and mice, rarely do people complain about the smell. A live rodent that pees and poops all over the place, destroys food and property, and spreads disease is much worse than a bad smell for a few days.

It’s always the wife that complains lol
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There is this guy who uses a combination of minks and dogs together to eradicate farm rats...


Quite an interesting operation, but probably wont work for voles.
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Pre-baiting is an excellent technique for rats, I highly recommend it. Most rodenticides do have a tendency to dry out a dead rodent more than one that dies in a trap, I could see some exterminators selling that as “makes them not smell as bad”.

I bait inside for rodents every single day. I kill a ton of rats and mice, rarely do people complain about the smell. A live rodent that pees and poops all over the place, destroys food and property, and spreads disease is much worse than a bad smell for a few days.

It’s always the wife that complains lol
That was our experience. After I swore up & down our walls would smell like dead animals.... well, they didnt. The exterminator said the fastest way to get the situation under control was with the use of bait boxes. I trusted him & crossed my fingers as we had tenants living in the house.

2-3 weeks later no more wall sounds & no more signs of any infestation. Upon the pro's advice we have kept 3 outdoor bait stations along the foundation. 1 year later no problems.

I have heard many horror stories of the dead mouse smell in walls & am sure they are true. We luckily escaped it.

Your mileage may vary..

I will refer anyone interested in the commercial company via PM.
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Great video Dirtman. If the rats were cats, my old Griff would have felt right at home. The original, Dogzilla.
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Glue Traps? We tried them. Caught our house cat. She cried, dragged herself up the stairs by her front paws, large glue trap stuck to both back legs and belly. We had to cut fur and douse her with vegetable oil and massage it in thoroughly followed by a hot soapy bath to clean her up. The SECOND time she got into a glue trap she was calmer and we didn’t have to do as much scissor work. Cats can bite pretty hard... right through an OveGlove anyway.

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CW.... If you hold a cat under water long enough, they get pretty calm. Much easier to clean up.
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That is too funny! We have been pet free for a year and a half. But, never caught the cat. If he would have done his job, we wouldn't have needed the traps. I have, however gotten myself and other things stuck to the trap.
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That is too funny! We have been pet free for a year and a half. But, never caught the cat. If he would have done his job, we wouldn't have needed the traps. I have, however gotten myself and other things stuck to the trap.
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CW.... If you hold a cat under water long enough, they get pretty calm. Much easier to clean up.
Ever try it Harv?
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FF; Never understood how cat owners could survive without welders leathers. I guess they never tested their cat’s ability to hold its breath under water let alone give ‘em a bath. At least my dogs liked to get in the shower with me, didn’t need to wear protection.
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CW.... If you hold a cat under water long enough, they get pretty calm. Much easier to clean up.


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FF; Never understood how cat owners could survive without welders leathers. I guess they never tested their cat’s ability to hold its breath under water let alone give ‘em a bath. At least my dogs liked to get in the shower with me, didn’t need to wear protection.
HarvZ. Gotta squeeze the cat real tight before dunking it.

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The tops of their feet and shins got ALL tore up.
But ol' Fritz would jump in the river in a microsecond.
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