Every place I went today, at work and on the net, people were talking about their mouse issue. One guy even had them eating through his "fart fan". I guess that's architectural slang for bathroom exhaust fan. While at work, listening to the comical stories of sticky tape and electric shock traps, I started thinking that I caught one mouse last week in the barn (first one of the winter).
My barn is highly protected from these vile critters with 4 electronic pest repellants, 6 dishes of mouse poison, steel wool stuffed up all the corners of the siding and 6 traps baited with peanut butter. Its rare that I catch a mouse as they really don't want to be in my barn. At least thats my hopes. So I went out today to start the tractor, withdrawals ya know, and I caught another mouse. This time it was a baby. Now I am thinking, was this little guy raised in my barn or did he sneak in from outside? Either way, not cool. So I rebaited the traps with fresh peanut butter and looked to make sure all the poison containers were easily accessible.
BUT, this has me thinking. I have my jeep and zero turn out there just sitting and since we have not got any snow, my tractor has been sitting also. Should I be taking extra measures? Some people were talking about drier sheets in and around their cars. They say mice hate the smell of them? Really? I have a hard time believing that any critter could dislike the smell of a drier sheet. (I need to check that out on snopes)
So what do you do to keep your barn free of little critters?