Herbal Mouse repellents?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by veggietreeigrl, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. veggietreeigrl

    veggietreeigrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Ugh! We've suddenly entered mouseagedden! Huge infestation. My quail cage is in a garage like area of my house. I've read a bit of tips on here already and will pick up his food at night. I already have all food (people and animal) locked up tight when not in use. I've been using traps and scent based natural repellents around the house as well as storing extra bedding, clothes etc in storage tubs as opposed to just in the back of the closet. That seems to be working well, but now they decided to move into the quail's area. My question is, is it safe to use the herbal repellents near my quail? Will it harm him in any way? Thanks

    P.S. I won't use poison anywhere ever. I don't want to take the risk to my dogs or even local wildlife.
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Of all traps I have used....I have found sticky traps to be most effective.


    Other than that, you simply need to remove all food.


    It is horrid..... Rodents.


    I feel your pain.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You'd have to research the particular herb to find out about toxicity to quail.
    IMO mechanical traps work best for mice...or bucket trap has worked, and not, for me.
     
  4. veggietreeigrl

    veggietreeigrl Out Of The Brooder

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    I just read the FAQs on the website of the product I've been using and it says not to use around pet birds. I'm going to assume quail counts and not take the risk. Anyone know is pure peppermint oil would be safe to use around pets? What if I use the smell of a friend's cat? Think that would deter the rodents? I might look into other more effective traps, but I'd also they rather not come inside at all.
     
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I am going with what Alaskan said about the sticky tape
    pads they work great and shouldn't harm your Quail as
    long as they stay in the cage but the part about an
    infestation sounds real bad to he just for health reasons ...
     
  6. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Mice and Rats do NOT like mint.

    I found a mint scented disinfectant and that works great at keeping the at bay.
    I have also recently boiled up a heap of home grown mint and am spraying that about. I even spray in on the chickens to prevent lice and mites.
     
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  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Now that sound's real helpful I think that is going to be useful [​IMG]



    So how do you go about making this mint spray the "recipe" [​IMG]
     
  8. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

     
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Thank you for the info I am going to put this in my book of home remedy's
    and to be used this summer and the next thing to do is collect some wild
    mint for future use ......
     
  10. veggietreeigrl

    veggietreeigrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Perfect! Thank you all!
     

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