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HELP! Mouse on board

I recently acquired a critter on board. Hope there''s only one. Anyway, anyone got any tips on how to get rid of it. I don''t want to poison it, as it may go into the bilge and die and smell really bad if I can''t find it. I have tried traps, smart bugger just trips them and eats the food. Just knowing it''s there gives me the creeps.
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Unless you live aboard get rid of all food on the boat. If it is tripping mouse traps it might be a rat!!!! If the poop is larger than a grain of rice it''s a rat. I''ve had good luck catching mice with a trap using peanut butter as bait. If you decide that it''s a rat use a larger trap.
There are other critters.. we had a opposum in our basement eating dogfood!!
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Yes I live on board. As far as the "poop" it is the size of cooked rice, you know as it plumps.
Did start getting rid of all food, and was told it would probably start eating the wiring and hoses!!! UGH
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Having lived on a farm at one time surrounded by corn fields, this was always our sure fire way to catch even the smartest mouse. Fry a piece of bacon only till it is half done. Cut it up in little fingernail size pieces (use the more fatty areas) and put VERY securily on 3-4 traps. With it only half cooked it has a strong irresistable odor and is still tough enough that the mouse has to pull on it. Good luck!
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1. Get a cat or 2. Get a pro and fumigate him out.

Alas, there is hardly ever only one mouse or rat.
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Sure fire way to get the mouse w/o it dying in the bilge. (but oh yes...it WILL die ; )

1. get a 5 gal. bucket and add about 3-4 inches of antifreeze.
2.Take a long,narrow strip of wood and place it so that about 7-8 inces of it are over the top of the bucket.
3. At the end of the wood strip put a big glob of peanut butter. The mouse will climb along the wooden strip towards the peanut butter and his weight will drop him into the bucket filled with antifreeze (which will most definately KILL him).
4. then all you have to do is dispose of the dead mouse and the antifreeze (you can save it for the next time a mouse comes on board.)

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Well, thanks to all, I''ve tried the traps, but not with bacon, may try that one next. Bought a cage and provided "Chunky Peanut Butter" no less. And it has not gone near it yet. Oh, yes it''s still here with its'' droppings and the sound of its'' little toe nails at night on the tile. The Anti-Freeze though not "Humane(?)" (who cares) they are disgusting and they carry diseases. That one may be a winner. Drown that little sucker!
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since you dont like my cat idea; what about one of those ultra-sonic devices that drive mice and rats away?
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The damnable little creatures love chocolet.. Just an idea... Good luck
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Sticky traps have worked well for me. I add a couple of salted peanuts and an almond to the bait.

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