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Old 09-03-2012, 02:47 PM
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Default Mice attacks

Well today I had the displeasure to find a mice nest just behind my instrument panel on my RV-4..

It took the little buggers less than a day to build their little airborne condo as I had removed the access panel on friday and there was nothing there..

Now the problem is how do I get ride of them..That's the second nest that I find so far in my RV..

I fly off a farm strip so it could explain their love for flying..

Any ideas anyone



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Old 09-03-2012, 02:57 PM
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Get some bobcat or coyote urine, spray some on cotton balls and leave around the hanger. If you can not find a willing bobcat or coyote, a feed store should sell you some in a bottle.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:05 PM
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Google "bucket of death for mice" works great! If your a PETA member then don't google it
Patrick Howe
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:53 PM
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I leave several opened containers of D-Con strategically placed in the hanger for my Cessna and the work shop I am building my -10 in and replenish as necessary.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:56 PM
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Default Keeping mice out

Keeping food out of the plane and the area probably helps discourage them from coming around the in the 1st place

I have always put in and around the plane "Moth Balls." Touch wood it has worked for 32 yrs both in my planes and in my collector cars. I put them into a tupper ware container with holes in it. I'm thinking they don't like the smell. My hangers for the last 20 yrs have had dirt floors and have not been sealed very tight. I have seen the little critters around the parameter of the hangers but never near the plane. As well I have put down those little things full of glue that they get stuck in but so far I have not had any get stuck in those. This last yr as my last line of defense I had built some out of tin some panels about 12"high to go around the wheels (for the longer term storage).

Over kill, I'm sure but I HATE MICE.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:18 PM
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When I flew my HP-11 glider out of Air Sailing gliderport in the middle of Hantavirus Central, I glued little bits of screen door material over every opening larger than about 5/16". I also kept food and nest-building materials out of the glider to the degree practical.

Another possibility is a product called Mouse-B-Gone, which my friends swear by:

Thanks, Bob K.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:51 PM
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Check the garage rat thread by Smitty
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Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:03 PM
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Half corn meal half plaster of Paris mix in a jar lid, put a jar lid of water next to the dry mix.
Good for rats and mice. Give them constipation.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:03 PM
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I fought the doggone things for a decade in a camper we had. Tried all the "surefire" tricks, none of them work. I tried the Bounce sheets, mothballs, traps, poison, electronic noisemakers (the kind made for repelling mice). Didn't try a cat or a neutron bomb. Thankfully haven't found any in the plane yet. Finally fixed the camper mouse problem - sold it.
Alex Peterson
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:42 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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I leave blocks of rat/mouse poison around the hangar. I find several dead mice every year, but what seems to happen is they find the poison, gorge on it, and die before they create much of a mess.

Having mice in an airplane is bad. Having a long term nest is really bad - rat urine (and presumably all urine) is pretty corrosive.
Kyle Boatright
Marietta, GA
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