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I remember the size of the rats hanging around the water front when I was a kid. I think they came off all the log ships that came in to load. You would not want to send a house cat after one....maybe a bobcat. damn things were really freaking big.
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Got rats aboard in Marathon. Found out when electrical systems began failing as they ate the wiring.
Killed 5 in one day with sticky traps but the last one seemed to learn from it's compatriots' misfortunes. Nothing worked!
Then I heard that getting rid of all potable water on the boat would drive them away, PDQ. So I poured bleach in the bilge and in 24 hours that dirty rat was gone. Kept the bilges bleached for as long as I was in the marinas in Marathon and Tavernier ("Hey, is there a tavern anywhere near here?"), and never had another rat aboard.
Now scorpions, they are another matter completely.
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Got rats aboard in Marathon. Found out when electrical systems began failing as they ate the wiring.
Killed 5 in one day with sticky traps but the last one seemed to learn from it's compatriots' misfortunes. Nothing worked!
Then I heard that getting rid of all potable water on the boat would drive them away, PDQ. So I poured bleach in the bilge and in 24 hours that dirty rat was gone. Kept the bilges bleached for as long as I was in the marinas in Marathon and Tavernier ("Hey, is there a tavern anywhere near here?"), and never had another rat aboard.
Now scorpions, they are another matter completely.
Thats an awesome tip on the bleach. scorpions....damn!
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If mice (and it may not be), they make plastic spring traps that will easily grab the offender, but you can put your finger in and not get hurt. There is no reason for those old fashioned, wire, knuckle/toe busters. Peanut butter is definitely the trick.

Be sure there is no other food or water available and put a couple around. You'll know if you have mice in a day or two.

If rats, just yell out that you are sinking. I hear they flee.
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Don't know how much time you spend on your boat in quiet times so forgive me for assuming incorrectly.

Freinds had what they thought was a "rustling noise" in their boat and spent hours stripping out lockers and hidden spaces trying to find the rodent.

What they were hearing was the ubiquitous sound of sea life under the boat - as they hadn't spent a lot of quiet time on their new boat, they were unfamiliar with these sounds.

This may be what you're hearing - it's actually quite rare (in my experience) to have rats/mice on leisure vessels -not enough food stuffs lying around.
We routinely get a "welcoming committee" when we anchor in the salt pond at Block Island. I believe it is some form of shrimp that make a muffled clicking sound--reminds me of woodpeckers. It seems to be more prevalent at night.

I'm wondering if that is not a reminder that my bottom is growing food for these critters. It isn't barnacles, but maybe slime. Time to clean the bottom?
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Plus one on the peanut butter baited traps. I found chunky peanut butter was the most effective.

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Plus one on the peanut butter baited traps. I found chunky peanut butter was the most effective.

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Use the life traps, they work just as well as those that break their necks. Release the critter somewhere in the woods (far from boats and houses) and let them live their little lives. I am no softy but why kill if not necessary?
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Use the life traps, they work just as well as those that break their necks. Release the critter somewhere in the woods (far from boats and houses) and let them live their little lives. I am no softy but why kill if not necessary?
We get mice in the house sometimes. Once inside, the cat seems to think they're pets. Tried the humane traps once. Same mouse came back (released it 500 yds or so away from the house).

I killem now. Just wish the cat would too.
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We get mice in the house sometimes. Once inside, the cat seems to think they're pets.
I got one of those too. LAME Cats! How come cats are efficient for about 2 years of their life and spend the rest of the time expecting three squares a day and all the softest pillows?

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Well of course it is, smooth peanut butter is gross.

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