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Re: Mouse on the boat?

Last year I found what I thought was mouse droppings on the counter in the galley and saw a tail disappear behind a galley cupboard as I came down the companionway.

I bought a couple of big sticky traps, because I didn't want a dead mouse in some out of the way place rotting away due to poisoning or wounding by a trap.

A few days later I caught...a chameleon. Droppings looked just like mouse droppings.

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Re: Mouse on the boat?

On a scale of one to ten, peanut butter is a 3, rotten cabbage is a 7 and spicy/sweet bbq pork is a 10.

You can't twist tie peanut butter to a spring trap. Glue boards...about 10 percent as efficient, then what do you do with it? Give the rat a nice little plastic raft?

Rats here in Florida...we have lots and lots will jump 6 feet or more to get on a boat, farther to get off, when in a hurry... They destroy everything. Food is only a bonus compared to a nice new $3000 sail to destroy for a nest...

Don't start on the cute Iguanas...we need a good freeze...

If you want peanut butter without sugar and hydrolyzed vegetable shortening, try Smuckers All Natural Chunky...

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Re: Mouse on the boat?

where i am there are all kindsa nice critters for boats. gekkos are awesome. iguanas eat leaves not bugs so they can go away when they want to, snakees come out of cane weather onto boat with runoff, and then the koatamundi that hang in the coco trees here.. whoot some fun... under boat we have krill, the gentle clicking and scratching sounds, and oysters , jack fish, pargo, and blowfish.
quite often there are rats in rocks. here i have seen no rats. we have cats and dogs here--and a feral kat.
bubba takes care of all that intrude into boat. he truly dislikes intruders. it is HIS boat. good kat.
wish he wouldnt eat my gekkos. i like them. they are cute and fun lil critters


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Re: Mouse on the boat?

as above, peanut butter is best to catch these "mickeys". use spring traps and only once. DO NOT REUSE THEM IF YOU HAVE CAUGHT ONE! The death smells stays and you will not catch another if you have a family aboard. New traps every time.

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as above, peanut butter is best to catch these "mickeys". use spring traps and only once. DO NOT REUSE THEM IF YOU HAVE CAUGHT ONE! The death smells stays and you will not catch another if you have a family aboard. New traps every time.
Death smell is not bothering this little fellow much! LOL
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as above, peanut butter is best to catch these "mickeys". use spring traps and only once. DO NOT REUSE THEM IF YOU HAVE CAUGHT ONE! The death smells stays and you will not catch another if you have a family aboard. New traps every time.
Maybe because there is no death smell involved but re-using a live trap is surely no issue. My traps have captured many a mouse, they don't seem to mind if one has been 'inhabited' previously for a few hours.
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Death smell is not bothering this little fellow much! LOL
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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.

That happened to me once, we slept on the boat and I could swear there was a mouse chewing something under the v-berth. In the morning I went up on deck and realized the sound was actually coming from a neighboring boat.



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Re: Mouse on the boat?

The only time I heard anything at all was in South Carolina when I was anchored in a quiet cove just off the ICW. About 2 a.m. I heard a clicking sound. I grabbed the flashlight and gun, opened the cabin door to find nothing at all. Went back to bed, and a few minutes later, I heard it again, this time I climbed into the cockpit, shined the light around and saw nothing, that is nothing until I shined the light in the water and hundreds of pink eyes were staring back at me. I grabbed the cast net, made one toss and netted about 50 huge shrimp. I suspect they were eating the algae off the hull, which accounted for the clicking sound. Sure were tasty for the next three meals, though.

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