Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Kentucky
I like a barn cat, the old classic. I don't like poisons but the slight and the very slight chance but it is still there are it affecting the barn cats. Most rat poisons kill by causing interal bleeding. And a cat would have toeat several sick mice for this to happen
.22 with rat shot and/ or the airrifle, you have to be watching and see the pest, then be good enough to shoot it. And outside of misses, you might spook any horses that are stabled in the barn. I would leave is as an option but not as a primary method of pest control.
My problem with traps are checking them, you might forgot where that trap was and not check it or get caught in it. The new sticky traps are great but with the dust in a barn ain't as likely to work as well as a old fashion jaw trap.
Mice love peanut butter better than anything including cheese, don't know why. And they can't burp. A mixture of crushed Alka-seltzer or similar problem and peanut butter. This mixed with mouse proof storage for grain, and a group of barn cats. Personaly I would prefer them to be semi feral and be able to have kittens, because a hungry mom cat is a mouser than one without any kittens to care for.
A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.
Mis Raices Estan Aqui (my roots are buried here)