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bigminnow

Mice eating holes in both my portables

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I just went out yesterday for the first time with a new portable i bought last season. I was bummed to find 3 new mouse holes in the canvas cover. Now both of my portables have holes in their canvas from mice.

Has anyone found a good way to prevent mice from chewing up their portables when in storage? I guess i need to get the mouse traps back in the garage.

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put dryer sheets in the shack and shove a couple in between the tarp when it is folded. This has worked great and havent had a problem since I started doing it!

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Those are great Ideas I will give Dryer sheets a try ( who new mice don't like Bounce ), if that doesn't work i will give Moth Balls a try....

Thx for the advice.

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I've also heard that a bar or 2 of Irish Spring soap works well.

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I loaded mine with moth balls last Spring. Two new holes this Fall.

I'll be trying dryer sheets next year. I hear Downy works best.

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yeah, I put a couple under the hood to keep them out of their as well. I know the feeling of seeing those holes when you get out there! Good luck!

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Try using Fresh Cab. Use it in all of our boats, vehicles, ice house, etc. that sit in our machine sheds. Never had a mouse problem since using them. Do a search on the web for places to purchase them.

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Peppermint oil on cottonballs works also.

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I loaded mine with moth balls last Spring. Two new holes this Fall.

I'll be trying dryer sheets next year. I hear Downy works best.

Isn't Downy a liquid?? I think you mean Bounce

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Peppermint oil on cottonballs works also.

I do this as well, but purchased a little sprayer bottle to put it in - then just spray the inside. I've been using it in my boats as well.

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try storing them where there aren't any mice...

then you aren't gagging from moth balls, deoderant, and peppermint when you go fishing

I've stored mine in the basement before (flipover) and in a CLEAN garage w/ lots of mouse traps around the walls with no problems in 10 years. I used to have mouse holes in some prior to that, but and tried most of the aforementioned wive's tale remedies listed with little success (other than developing a weeze while trying to fish...).

Now I have about 6-10 plastic snap (newer clothespin type) mouse traps around the perimeter of the garage wall and through the use of a pulley system, store the portables in the rafters. I average about 1-3 mice a year in my trapline and have yet to see any holes.

Just open the traps (buy the brand w/ the large square pans) and face them to the wall creating a hole/passage way for the rodents. Seeing as they naturally follow the walls, I don't even have the need to bait them.

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I have used dryer sheets. I have also had good success (best bet) hanging the house. Getting it off the floor seems to be the only way to be sure you will be hole free the next year.

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the fresh cab does work i've used for 3years now.

ill vouch for this stuff too! we use it in all our tractors/combine and never have mice trouble we store our houses in the same shed w/ some fresh cab in each house and never have mice....moth balls work too but youll die of the smell!!!

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The fresh cab works pretty good. Also you could leave a new 5 gallon bucket(perfectly smooth sides) in the house with a little food in it, wheat or something that will not get old. That way if they do get in they jump in the bucket and die in the bucket without doing damage. This also works great for vehicles and campers. Just set the bucket on the floor so its touching the seat so they can jump right in.

I would also reccoment fixing your mouse holes with fabric mend right away. That stuff works pretty well.

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Originally Posted By: looneyducer
I loaded mine with moth balls last Spring. Two new holes this Fall.

I'll be trying dryer sheets next year. I hear Downy works best.

Isn't Downy a liquid?? I think you mean Bounce

That's what I said! But Nope, they make a dryer sheet as well. They stink way more than Bounce, which is probably why more people claim success with them.

I guess we'll see.

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Get a cat. Then put a pet door in so the cat can get into the garage. Seems to work as I have never had a mouse get into my portable. Keeps the wife entertained while im fishing too!

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well, i have a super secret way to avoid mice holes.... you see i dont have mice in my garage. that really does the trick!! lol, all joking aside, i would use mothballs, or better yet, buy a cat

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oh ps, if you buy a cat, be sure to love it. those cats are wonderful and its a shame when they are left outside all the time to rot

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After the season is over I clean my canvas and remove it from the sled and poles. I then place it in a large rubbermaid container. No problems with them at all. I put the tote in the sled and attach to garage ceiling. Clean and easy and always works

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fresh cab i sell the stuff and a lot of farmers LOVE it they say it works better then any thing elss

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Just hang it. All you need are a couple of rubber coated utility hooks from My-nards. Hang it.

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