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post #1 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Aaarrrgh mice!!!!!!

Ok, the mice are REALLY starting to tick me off at the barn where I board! They have 2 barn cats, but there are just too many of the little rodents for them to handle...they get into my tack cubby and poo and pee on my saddle and saddle pads! Not only is it nasty and disgusting, it's also quite unsanitary.

Soooo I'm trying to figure out the best way to get rid of them. We tried putting those blue poison blocks in there, and all that happened is they ate them and then pooped BLUE poo all over my saddle!

Is there anything I can put in my cubby to discourage them from going in there? The pooing and peeing is bad enough, but if they start CHEWING on my things I'm going to get VERY angry!

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post #2 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:06 PM
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Mouse traps with peanut butter works very very well. Just had to start setting them again in my barn as there was "evidence" of their presence.

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post #3 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:07 PM
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I was at a stable where they had no cats to get the little vermin. They instead used some sort of rat catch box where the mice will go inside and the trap inside will kill them. All you had to do is throw it away or whatever once it is inside :-D.
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post #4 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:09 PM
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I'm not sure how much room you have in your cubby or if you want to go this route...but peanut butter in a mouse trap works really well to catch the lil' suckers. And maybe you could ask the BO to put more around other areas like where the feed is stored and such. Just a thought...good luck!

**oops! Walkamile and I had the same thought at the same time. :)**
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post #5 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips! Anyone know of anything I could also put in the cubby to try to discourage them from even being in there? Someone at the barn suggested moth balls...do you think that or anything else might work?

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How much stuff do you have stored at the barn? It may be that your best option is to make your stuff inaccessible by using a metal "locker" style item for storage (we have a metal military issue footlocker that we use for some of our stuff - have used it since I was a kid and it was a handy way to grab everything I needed to head to the 4-H show, etc).
When it's not your barn, it adds a layer of difficulty in instituting any real mouse control. Barns are, by nature, mouse heaven - between the grain/feed that gets scattered about and the fact that it's a warm/dry place with lots of bedding/nesting materiel.
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post #7 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Stuff in my cubby (and I know this is only SOME, I know I'm forgetting some items, the cubby/cedar locker is stuffed FULL...

Saddle
Saddle pads (like 10 of them)
Bridle
Grooming items (brushes, picks, shampoo, etc)
Hay net
Fly spray
Dewormer
Polos/wraps (like 4 pairs)
Sport boots
Crop
Helmet
Half chaps
Supplements and treats (all in air tight containers so the nasty rodents can't get in!)
Bits
Lead ropes
Halters

...pretty much everything but my horse!

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post #8 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:31 PM
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Until the issue is under better control, I would consider leaving only what I need on a regular basis onsite (one set of tack and the treats) and taking the rest of it home for storage - you can always take it to the barn with you when you need it (ie wormer on the worming days, different pad when you want to swap out the one at the barn, etc) This way, if there IS damage from the mice, they won't be damaging every single saddle pad, rope, halter, etc that you have.
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post #9 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with that...I already store my saddle in the car now because I don't want that getting chewed on! But I drive a Honda Fit so there's only so much room! lol

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post #10 of 97 Old 08-09-2009, 10:05 PM
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Yes, moth balls should work and they shouldn't damage your things. Are the barn cats being fed too much maybe as well? Barn cats should only be fed enough to keep them at the barn. Not enough to actually live on or they won't hunt.

The other option is to "borrow" another cat for a couple of months!
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