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06-28-2005, 10:27 AM
I seem to be having a problem with either mice or vols getting into the walls of my house/shop. has anyone ever tried one of these or something similar?
I can't use poison, I'm afraid for my nieghbors cats. And they are'nt all the way into the house...yet, so traps won't work.

Do these things work through walls? Do they work at all? Any ideas?


06-28-2005, 10:55 AM
The only "electronic pest repeller" that I know that works is the 220V ac type and ocassionally the 115V ac

06-28-2005, 11:00 AM
Try one of these:


Your Old Dog
06-28-2005, 11:12 AM
You must be single. Haven't had that trouble since I got married. SWIMBO keeps most other living creatures at bay http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I use mouse poinsen in little bags. They are supposed to be put where cats and dogs don't like to go, like behind tight spaces (yea I know, that leaves out SWIMBO!) like behind things close to the walls as that's how they tool around, close to walls in confined areas. Just make sure you do a search in a few days. Nothing smells worse then decaying rodents!. Bought something like 10 or 12 little bags you rip open, they come in a box for something like $8 or 9 bucks.

Ted Coffey
06-28-2005, 11:30 AM
In the shop, I use live traps baited with sunflower seeds THEN when I trap one the whole trap with mouse goes into a bucket of water for a few minutes. The drown mouse is dumped outside and the next morning its gone and the trap has been rinsed and ready for resetting.
My contribution to the natural food chain and recycling.

3 Phase Lightbulb
06-28-2005, 12:44 PM
One of my cats caught this baby mouse in the house about 2 weeks ago and I took that picture. The mouse is almost twice as big now. We used to catch them a lot in my old house, but this is the first one in our new house.



I'll let him go next week when we drive down to the Cape.


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Norman Atkinson
06-28-2005, 01:09 PM

Did you use warm water to drown them?


jim davies
06-28-2005, 01:39 PM
And the ceremony...ceremonies are very important. One must have respect for their feelings.

Ted Coffey
06-28-2005, 02:05 PM
You got to be kidding.

06-28-2005, 02:10 PM
I dont have a pest problem, spiders, moths,mice,,

my kitties see to that.all of them are fixed btw.


06-28-2005, 02:15 PM
On the subject of those ultrasonic repeller dothatchies:

Never tried one, but from what I've heard they don't work particularly well.

As for poison: what I've done for that is build a shallow box with a couple of mouse-size notches in the sides, then invert it over the poison container and put a brick on top of it, so animials other than mouse-size can't get at it. This idea works for traps, too.

3 Phase Lightbulb
06-28-2005, 02:27 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by tattoomike68:
all of them are fixed btw.</font>

Looks like you just recently got them fixed http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif You should be able to claim at least 2 dependants on your federal return. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


Norman Atkinson
06-28-2005, 02:29 PM
I joketh not, kind Sir, said he waving his wooden leg aloft!

In England there is a law about
cruelty to dumb animals.

You wouldn't use COLD water? Oh! Ted.
Think of the agony.


06-28-2005, 02:35 PM
We had a Mole problem when we first moved to our place on the Oregon coast. They would push up large piles of dirt in the middle of the lawn and anywhere else they decided to dig. I bought one of the “mole chasers”, a torpedo looking device that you push down into the ground. It uses 4 “D” size flashlight batteries to emit a high pitched beep about ever 15 seconds. The batteries will last about 6 months. And it works great!! I picked up a couple more of them at a yard sale this spring and they now protect the back yard, Funny thing when my neighbor ask what they did to the moles. He had a real weird look on his face when I told him they simply drove the moles over to the neighbor’s place http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

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Ted Coffey
06-28-2005, 03:37 PM
Is poison, electrocution, and having your neck snapped by a wire not to mention your feet permanently glued to a board more humane than a 1 minute swim in cold water? On top of that, I give them a sunflower meal before their swim so perhaps they die of stomach cramps instead.

06-28-2005, 03:52 PM
Get a cat! My cats don't 'catch' things, they KILL then EAT things. Usually all thats left is a skull, maybe, and they will play with that for hours. If your cats are 'catching' things that means you are feeding them too much.

3 Phase Lightbulb
06-28-2005, 03:57 PM
I think my balls are too big to kill a helpless rodent or small animal unless I'm hungry.

Then again, maybe not because I get furious when a wasp, or a bee, or even a misquito is flying around my head and doesn't leave me alone.. I start thinking of ways I can make a flame thrower that will get rid of the flying nuisance http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


John Lawson
06-28-2005, 04:23 PM
I have a Maine Coon Cat that does the work af a whole platoon of regular cats.

3 Phase Lightbulb
06-28-2005, 04:30 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by John Lawson:
I have a Maine Coon Cat that does the work af a whole platoon of regular cats.</font>

I had a long hair tabby Maine Coon cat growing up as a kid.. He used to follow me into the backyard woods.. I was always pulling things out of his mouth http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


06-28-2005, 04:48 PM
I had a Muscovy duck that caught more mice than the cats did.

Used to get in trouble for killing the cute little mice -fixed that by promissing to release them -but released them into the custody of Miss Duck.

I have a Maine coon that does a whole platoon load of nothing stupid cat couldnt catch his own tail.

Only good is is you get him to patrol the roof space,or work shop - no mice or rat will dare come in-come to think of it any other cat ,see that 20 pound monster and almost have a heart attack.Take off with a tail like a toilet brush.

Only problem with the workshop patrol was one night he knocked all the lathe parts that i was rebuilding down and ended up in the 5 gallon bucket of mineral spirits grease and muck - oops .
Try and wash grease a Maine Coon?
-never again sucker ended up with claws 1/4inch deep in scalp and between shoulder blades.

Flys and mossies?
My Irish uncle built a fly
gun ,used a piece of 1/8(IIRC) brass pipe built a hammer and trigger mechanism out of a clothes peg ,used plastic caps for a kiddies cap gun and salt for a charge................

sounds like an interseting HSM project.

06-29-2005, 12:16 AM
Get a herd of cats or several small dogs. If that doesn't work play heavy metal music at the walls day and night and play it loud. If the neighbor don't lynch you first your problem will most likely move to the neighbors.

The Soviets were right, play Rock and Roll music and you can drive anything away or crazy.


Your Old Dog
06-29-2005, 07:17 AM
SGW, good tip. Saves a lot of aggravaton worrying about other creatures further up the food chain then mice!

06-29-2005, 07:42 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb:
.. I start thinking of ways I can make a flame thrower that will get rid of the flying nuisance http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Maybe a can of Easy Start (Ether aerosol) with a
cigarette lighter just ahead of the jet ?? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


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06-29-2005, 09:17 AM
An update, due to my hatred of yard work of any kind I have concluded that the problem was my own doing.

I am surrounded by huge maple trees. They loose tons of leaves in the fall. I get most of them off the yard, but some of them pile up next to the foundation of the house and I just kind of leave them there. The foundation is bareley above the ground. That created a cover for them to get next to the house and they procceded to try to get in.

So yesterday I raked the stuff away from the house and that seems to have stifled them. Last night I listened and listened but did not hear any activity of any kind.

I think what I might do now is look for some kind of non toxic chemical type repelent to spread next to the house.

Moth balls maybe? or the granulated naptha they sell a the garden stores to keep deer and cats out of the garden is my first thought. Or maybe a few of those mole chasers stuck in the wall. Or I could bolt a speaker facing the wall and play harmonica or accordian music through my Fender Super Reverb. Or better yet a flame thrower... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I would get a cat, Iv'e been owned by a few of them, and I like them. It's just that I didn't want to get one right now.

Thanks for all the suggestions and the pictures of your cats.


06-29-2005, 10:16 AM
Play the accordian, go to jail. It's the law.

3 Phase Lightbulb
06-29-2005, 11:10 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by topct:
I would get a cat, Iv'e been owned by a few of them, and I like them. It's just that I didn't want to get one right now.</font>

It's really not up to you.. You'll have to wait until a cat decides that he wants to own you.. You may think you can just go out and get a cat, but in reality, the cat decides what you just got... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


06-29-2005, 12:16 PM
3ph, yup, in fact the last one that "chose" me convinced me to spend $500 for plastic surgery on his eyes.

Evan, I played my accordian through the amp for some friends of mine. They became quite nervous and made up somekind of flimsy excuse for leaving. Is that why?


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06-29-2005, 03:03 PM
All of this rodent control talk has got me nervous. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif rockrat-

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