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March 8, 2009, 08:51 PM
Spent the morning at the range, and the afternoon in the garage. Mice

chewed a hole in the rubber gasket on the bottom of my garage door.

Wife set some traps, in the first hour, caught 10. Spent the rest of the day

shooting the beggars with my pellet gun, and resetting the traps. Total count

is at 23, 15 for the traps, and 8 for the pellet gun. 2 wounded didn't count

them yet, hard to follow the blood trail, and worried they might charge, think

I'll go get the big guns just to be safe. A guy will do some real strange things

when there isn't anything in season. flyboy

March 8, 2009, 09:16 PM
Spent many nights in my uncles garage with a cheap blowgun. Loads of fun, got fair to good on hits at about 10 feet, laughs all night long.:eek: Its harder for them to get away with a dart through them!!!:D:D

March 8, 2009, 09:51 PM
good tip, think I'll try my muzzy's out, or maybe better off with my

expandable turkey heads, good practice for gobbler. Anyone got a

good mouse load for a 338 win mag? flyboy

Art Eatman
March 8, 2009, 10:44 PM
Get a box of mothballs at the grocery store. Scatter a dozen or so around the floor, under any workbench or behind boxes. Repeat as they evaporate. The smell of camphor is repellent to mice and squirrels.

The rubber gasket at the bottom of your garage door is probably a vegetable-based plastic. Mouse yummy. Petroleum-based plastic works far better.

March 8, 2009, 10:59 PM
Nuthin more fun than sitting in the barn with a 12 pack and a pellet gun, awaiting the wary meese.

March 9, 2009, 07:23 AM
A guy will do some real strange things

when there isn't anything in season.

Yeah, no kidding!

A few years back, my brother and I were out in his garage, and noticed that the mice were acting sort of strange. They'd come out, wander around our feet, and weren't scared of us at all.

So my brother mentioned that to his wife, and she filled him in a bit.

It seems she'd read somewhere that if you put a small dish full of vodka on the floor in the garage, the mice would drink it, and wouldn't cause as much damage. Since she didn't want to kill them, she decided to try it.

Now, I don't know if it helped with the damage or not, but they're sure easier to hit with a pellet gun when they're drunk!


March 9, 2009, 08:48 AM
I don't have a mouse load for a .338 mag, but I do have one for a 30-06.
You can load the case with a single 00 buckshot.
You can use just the primer for power, or, for a magnum load, put in one grain of powder.
Make sure to re-adjust scope.
You will have the baddest bb gun on the block.

I had some flying squirrels chewing on my dormers at night. I think they were making a nest up there.
I made a little pocket, by screwing a 1x2 to the dormer, where it is out of the rain.
I put 4 of these up there, on 2 dormers. Then I loaded them up with mouse bait, those blue granules you buy at the grocery store.
They have had 2 nights to eat the mouse bait, I have not heard them chewing since.
I don't like to kill animals unnecessarily, but, you start eating my log house, you are gonna die.

I noticed, a few months ago, a mouse had built a giant nest under the lid of my 500 gallon propane tank.
Pretty good home for a mouse, up off the ground, and out of the rain.
Looked at it yesterday, there was the remains of one mouse visible, nobody else home.
I think Mr. Snake crawled up there and ate the mice.
That would be a rough day, to be a two inch mouse, and have your house invaded by a 2 foot snake.

March 9, 2009, 08:54 AM
Ill be stopping at the liquor store for vodka tonight!:cool:

March 9, 2009, 08:55 AM
It seems she'd read somewhere that if you put a small dish full of vodka on the floor in the garage, the mice would drink it, and wouldn't cause as much damage. Since she didn't want to kill them, she decided to try it.

She's NOTHING like my better half. Dearest would have murderous intent in her eyes. She would send me in as her henchman, but she might as well be the ax holder. Also, we've had the same bottle of vodka for almost two years now with several inches of firewater left, but she'd never volunteer her bloody mary go juice for snake bait.

March 9, 2009, 10:16 AM
My cousins and i set up traps in my grandparents barn on christmas and sit out there and watch em get whacked! Farms kids are cruel!

March 9, 2009, 10:41 AM
We had a giant rat problem in our hunting cabin (quality not quantity). We baited half a dozen of the jumbo traps and went to sleep that evening. Every now and then we'd hear the WHACK of the trap being sprung. We all be WIDE awake after each WHACK and inspect it for remains. Sometimes we'd find a whole rat and others we'd find pieces or nothing. We all awoke in the dead of night to a blood curdling scream to find the youngest camp member with a bruised forehead and tremors. A rat had crawled into his bunk and in his sleep he thought it was his new pointer puppy. He pet the varmint until it decided to take a nibble off the tip of his finger. He screamed, threw the rat and banged his head on the bunk supports above him. We all laughed for half an hour and tried to go back to sleep. A couple hours later another jumbo SNAPPED and we had all had enough of getting up to inspect. Every 20 seconds or so we'd hear the rat's tail THUMP, THUMP, THUMP on the floor until it expired at "get up time". I don't think many of us get more than a wink of sleep that night.

March 9, 2009, 11:01 AM
One of the coldest "Daytona Nights" that winter couldn't keep me in. Had p-nut butter smeared on the back fence in strategic locations....

March 9, 2009, 11:10 AM
Hopefully everyone remembers that regardless of your target, no creature should be left wounded or be the victim of badly placed shots. If you're going to wage a small rodent jihad, at least keep it a clean fight. :)

March 9, 2009, 11:49 AM
I agree sluggoth...
For the occasional wounded runner I have 3 bulldogs that are all great at tracking them down. While not "soft mouthed" like a lab, I weren't eating them any way and the dogs saved me the hassle of carrying them to the dogs...

Evan Thomas
March 9, 2009, 01:09 PM
Nice-looking pellet gun. What is it?

Oh, and the dog's not bad, either... :)

March 9, 2009, 01:31 PM
That is the Gamo Shadow 1,000... Tater (looks like a baked tater) is a "blue pit" that wasn't blue so she had little value to the breeder... Heck on a hog though!

March 9, 2009, 09:07 PM
Good tips all around, gonna try the buckshot trick in my old 06, and the vodka

thing sounds like it would up my numbers. Night two of the hunt continues,

traps 9, pellet gun 6. Besides the entertainment, I think I have a good case

with the wife for a new pellet gun. flyboy

March 10, 2009, 12:17 AM
as i don't shoot many mice at home i do shoot a lot of the flying ones at work(sparrows) i work at a grain elevator and they land in a huge group right outside the front door. It makes for easy pickings and if i get bored of that i just go into the pit and under the scales with a flashlight and shoot countless numbers of mice its sadistically fun:D:cool:

March 10, 2009, 02:42 AM
22 shotshells are pretty good for em too ;)

March 10, 2009, 02:35 PM
grandad used to pop rats at work at the end of the day, with .22 shorts from a single shot rifle.

March 11, 2009, 03:41 AM
I still have a very clear image of my uncle with his single shot pellet pistol made by Diana....break barrel style cocking mechanism. He'd put an aluminum pie plate with a little cornmeal in it under the woodstove in the kitchen at camp then sit in the bunk room. Usually within 10 to 15 minutes he'd have 2 or 3 targets. Can't say that he was able to put a very big dent in the mouse population but he had fun trying.

March 15, 2009, 10:22 AM
Are you guy so afeared that ya gotta use a rifle? I shot them out with my 9mm, I'm a brave SOB. Never had one that took more than two hits to put down. One night I got charged, it was like the movie "Willard". Fortunatly I had 5 18 round mags loaded up. They took me down to the last round, which I was saving for myself.

March 15, 2009, 10:34 AM
Doesn't anyone use cats anymore?.....(natures mousetrap)

March 15, 2009, 10:57 AM
Cats spray to mark their territory. So indoor cats stink. Out doors cats poop in the flower bed and that is the only forgivable crime they commit. I will kill any and all feral cats I can get access to.

March 15, 2009, 02:41 PM
Won't have a cat around, they creep me out. Besides it's much more fun to

trap, and shoot em. Since I plugged the hole in the door, and started the

extermination, I have em pretty well wiped out. I think I am down to the

last few, just hope they aren't arming themselves for a counter attack!


March 15, 2009, 03:38 PM
I never got to shot any mice with Radar my rat terrier around ..i seen him kill 6 of them before i could even move ..he could put a cat to shame when it came to killing mice and rats ....The only thing that makes me gag is to smell a rotting mouse...:barf:

March 15, 2009, 08:00 PM
Male cats spray.
If they have been neutered they will not spray.
This information has only been out for about 80 years.

March 15, 2009, 08:55 PM
spray, no spray, cat's creep me out!

March 15, 2009, 09:01 PM
A cat stuck in the house is a miserable creature if it has any natural prey drive at all. A loose cat is bad juju in North America. It is non native and is responsible for killing too many native creatures. How many is too many you ask.... ONE... That is how many is too many...

March 15, 2009, 10:00 PM
+1000 hogdogs

Feral cats (and dogs) are terrible around here and have wreaked (sp?) havoc on our game populations. Should be shot on sight.

Cats became obsolete the minute Decon was invented.

March 15, 2009, 10:03 PM
Since I havnt owned a pellet rifle in many many years. For the small vermin, I load shot capsuls (with BB's ) over 3 gr. of bullseye on my 44 mag. Seems to do the job quite well.

March 15, 2009, 10:12 PM
Hey, you guys ever tried Decon. You can put it where the pets can't get to it--mice disappear.

No such thing as a stupid question. What is stupid is not asking it.

That's the common doctrine, but we all know it's hard to keep from laughing when we hear that.::D

No need for a "Stupid Questions" thread to prove my point.;)

March 15, 2009, 10:15 PM
Animals that consume dead or dosed rodents with de-con in their system are also poisoned...:cool:

March 16, 2009, 02:35 AM
i was real good with throwing stars as a kid, they work great for anti mice opperations.

March 17, 2009, 12:36 AM
I will kill any and all feral cats I can get access to.


March 17, 2009, 01:32 AM
Our townhomes seem to get surges of Norwegian roof rats and occassionally little tiny field mice. For the small mice, the traps with the sticky goo inside them work like a charm. Had one trap where mouse got stuck and a 2nd mouse tried to go over him before getting stuck.

They're not so good for larger rats though. Not without some nice bait like peanut butter.

Best solution we had one year was the three stooges. Three cats ranging from 19-1/2 lbs to 9 lbs. Ever watch three cats play "mouse ball" with a rat? Male whacks it to his sister who smacks it to her son who swats it back to his uncle and the game continues until one of them kills the critter.

That 19-1/2 lb orange male tabby and his 12-1/2 pound sister were part Maine Coon cats. Sudden death to rodents of all types. The female even snagged a pidgeon in flight from her tree perch one day. Watched that male cat put a pitbull to flight and the neighbor's german shepherd used to give him a wide berth. :D

Put the Decon poison next to a dish of vodka. They eat the Decon, get thirsty, get drunk, die. Or they get drunk, eat some Decon and die. If you leave a small box with a rat sized opening, they'll get drunk and crawl in there thinking it's a safe place and die instead of getting in your walls and dying. Ugh.

March 17, 2009, 05:02 AM
Be careful, they seem to be reaching the point where they're fighting back...


March 17, 2009, 12:04 PM
spray, no spray, cat's creep me out!
You have obviously never seen a mime if cats creep you out. Mimes are even creepier than european clowns.

March 17, 2009, 09:29 PM
I hate clowns, evil dancing clowns are the devil!!!! Funny, when I found the

pellet gun, in a box stuffed in the basement, right next to it were 2 throwing

stars I had bought when I was probably 12. If the mice come back, armed

with little tiny 1911's I think I'll pull out the throwing stars. flyboy