That is just about the best accident I have ever heard of! :laughing:I live in the woods and get deer mice in the garage, in the wood pile, in the air intake on my wifes car.. About three years ago I accidentally discovered a solution after using pellets, traps, sonic devices, etc. for years.
My truck cracked it's engine block when we hit about -25° F and the water pump broke. It leaked antifreeze all over the garage floor. So I cleaned out the truck to trade it in (including french fries from my son). Threw the french fries into an empty garbage can, wiped up the antifreeze with paper towels and threw them in the trash can. Seems all the mice climbed into the can to eat the fries. Slippery feet couldn't climb out, and the anti-freeze poisoned them. Came home from work the next day and had 7 dead mice..... didn't have any the rest of the winter!
Also. In large cities whenever there is new construction in the area (and the old house is demolished) the surrounding houses are susceptible to mice and other rodent infestation, due to their search for new hideaways from where they were uprooted. Yes. the trick is to seal all openings. Some with heavy gauge silver foil or mesh screen with a thick coating of plaster on top. (No matter what) Don't Drink and Drive, Ever!!!- fill every hole, crack, or chink. EVERY one. Mice can squeeze through the tiniest holes.
- remove all possible foodstuffs - or place in metal or glass containers. This includes birdseed and dog food. Also old boxes and paper can be a source of food and nesting material. When in doubt, remove it.
I thought I had cleaned all possible mice food out of my garage - I found a nest of them in one of those microwaveable neck wraps - it was full of rice. I never even considered it.
Unfortunately you are not the first to think of this approach. Gov Ronny Reagan California environmental management 10A (the course he, Nancy and psychics never took) and still the working logic of the Virgin Islands and many other places. :laughing:Cat was my idea. Feed them cheeseburgers when the mice are away.
I *LOVE* the idea of setting snakes loose to catch mice. Love it. Then you get some birds of prey to catch the snakes.
We had mice when I was younger. We also caught bull snakes and kept them in a cage. The snakes always got out, or my brother and I claimed. Then we had no mice. Another benefit, the younger brothers and sisters stayed out of our room. Somehow, they thought snakes ate small children.