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Has anybody tried ultrasonic mouse/rat control in their coops?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sjisty, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I am having a problem with small rats or large mice. We have poison (Just One Bite) down in tubes where the chickens can't get to them, but the rats/mice don't seem interested, either. Has anybody out there tried those electronic plug-in rat repeller things?

    We have never had a problem like this before. Our coops are old with dirt floors and it wouldn't be possible to seal them. The spaces in the walls are too small for large preditors, but these rodents seem to come and go as they please. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    I've tried them in the house and they made not the blindest bit of difference to my rodent issues.
  3. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    I have one plugged in the socket in the kitchen where the little field mice get in from under the house and play in the bin.

    I have not seen mice in there or mouse poo since.

    Mine works a charm
  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Scientifically, there really doesn't seem to be any real mechanism by with those devices will work. I'm always surprised to hear that it does for some people. [​IMG]
  5. Lollipop

    Lollipop Songster 9 Years

    Don`t waste your money. Get some peppermint oil from a healthfood store and soak a cotton ball in it. Throw the cotton ball back in the area where the mice are...........Pop
  6. PetChickenBoo

    PetChickenBoo In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have had luck with cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil too. I have read in a guide to raising chickens that the electronic devices are useless.
    chickengeorgeto likes this.
  7. das fisch

    das fisch In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    southern Maine
    in my work as a nuisance wildlife control operator, i see these frequently. It's pretty funny when I'm doing a rodent inspection or similar and the customer points out this gadget which keeps critters at bay. But all the while I'm thinking to myself; "If this darn thing works so well, why am I here and you're paying me to rid you home of these uninvited guests!"

    I don't believe in them.
  8. Sweetpeaswan

    Sweetpeaswan Chirping

    Aug 5, 2010
    Hi, there is a herbal remedy out called Fresh Cab. Its a repellant, and works pretty good. It's
    specifically made for rodents. It actually looks like potpourri.
  9. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    make some plaster of paris/peanutbutter/oatmeal/olive oil balls. Equal part PP/PB/OM with just enough oil to make cookie dough consistancy (no water as this will activated and harden the PP). Then roll into a ball then in whatever they are eating like sunflower seed, layer crumble, bird seed......works wonders and no secondary poisoning. Last fall we wad a huge population explosion of field mice. Every night I would mix up a batch and drop little balls all over and they devoured it. Within a week we had the mouse population in our area under control.

    Anoter intersting trap my neighbor made was a 5 gallon bucket, drill 2 holes through the side near the top and put a round dowel through the hole. Take a small plastic water bottle cut a hole in the bottom and thread the dowel through the bottle. Smear peanut butter on middle of bottle. Fill the bucket 1/4 full with water. mouse walks out on dowel, reaches out for the peanutbutter, bottle spins and mouse falls in bucket and drowns, trap is reset automatically for the next mouse. I kid you not my neighbor wat catching 15-20 mice each night in his bucket. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jezQKOl5q-w&NR=1

    luck, with these 2 proven methods you should have them under control is just a couple days.

  10. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets 9 Years

    Aug 17, 2008
    But don't put the balls where the chickens can get them or they will die.

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