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thenodnarb
10-22-2011, 8:57 PM
I suppose I should have known. I was moving my food storage recently and found mice droppings and dried food spread around. They chewed into one of my Mountain house freeze dried meals. I also had some beans in mylar bags that weren't in plastic buckets and they got into one of those tool. I figured I wouldn't have a rodent problem since the food storage was in my bedroom closet, but this year we had a huge mice problem. Sometimes we leave doors open and they sneak in then.

Just be advised. Even if you just backpack and keep freeze dried meals in the pantry or in a closet, you better put them in a bucket. It would suck to be ready to go camping and come to find your food was contaminated by mice.,

TKM
10-22-2011, 9:39 PM
Supplemental protein.

http://www.morningstarr.co.uk/forum/attachments/general-discussion/1597d1280478638-squirrel-meat-roast_rat.jpg

damon1272
10-22-2011, 9:46 PM
Mice will also eat through the plastic bucket to get inside. found out the hard way.

jtv3062
10-22-2011, 10:00 PM
MRE are not safe either

REPR
10-22-2011, 10:35 PM
#10 cans are what I mostly stock up with. Still have traps set out in my caches though.

bsg
10-22-2011, 11:35 PM
it is incredible what mice can get in to, and chew through. they are extremely resourceful and tenacious.

problemchild
10-22-2011, 11:53 PM
Mice will also eat through the plastic bucket to get inside. found out the hard way.

x200

Plastic tote, plastic bucket inside a plastic tote, mylar bag. Man was I pissed. They got me for about 21 mountain house 2 person meals or almost 170 dollars worth of food.

I got even though... I rigged up some 110v peanut butter traps. I could hear ZAPs in the middle of the night and then smell burnt mouse smoke.

Nothing like the smell of burning mice and peanut butter in the morning. :43:

REPR
10-23-2011, 12:00 AM
x200

Plastic tote, plastic bucket inside a plastic tote, mylar bag. Man was I pissed. They got me for about 21 mountain house 2 person meals or almost 170 dollars worth of food.

I got even though... I rigged up some 110v peanut butter traps. I could hear ZAPs in the middle of the night and then smell burnt mouse smoke.

Nothing like the smell of burning mice and peanut butter in the morning. :43:

Any morning you don't have to make breakfast is a good morning :)

elSquid
10-23-2011, 12:43 AM
This might be of some use...

http://www.lowes.com/pd_94614-63872-1270_0__?productId=3475295

-- Michael

bohoki
10-23-2011, 1:49 AM
perfect use for the metal homak gun lockers after you upgrade to a real safe

keep food in ammocans and ammo in cardboard cause rats done eat bullets

ivanimal
10-23-2011, 1:52 AM
Metal file cabinets or storage cabinets work best for me. Look on craigslist they come up for free often.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/zip/2663767448.html

cbaer5
10-23-2011, 1:56 AM
thats funny you said that our pantry is full so i just moved a 40mm can full of the extra we have accumulated to the attic.

gimmejr
10-23-2011, 7:51 AM
I guess thats the reason the I dont mind the feral cats around here to much, I havent seen a mouse in years or a squirrel actually.

Sunday
10-23-2011, 4:13 PM
Mice and rats chew through almost anything that can be chewed through.

Paltik
10-23-2011, 7:41 PM
We stored a waterbed for 9 months above a closet. When we brought it down again, a mouse or rat had chewed a little tunnel into the the center of mass.

Seeker
10-23-2011, 11:05 PM
Why not buy a cat or two? Since the beginning of time cats have been used to deter mice and rats that destroy crops. Plus you'll have a furry friend.

scarville
10-24-2011, 7:02 AM
Why not buy a cat or two? Since the beginning of time cats have been used to deter mice and rats that destroy crops. Plus you'll have a furry friend.
There is a reason the Ancient Egyptians worshiped cats.

It is not always possible to have a cat around -- allergies, rental agreements, cat killing dogs, etc -- but, if you can, one or two will be a good part of a rodent control program. Any Humane Society shelter will have more cats than they know what to do with.

eqlzr
10-24-2011, 7:23 AM
Around here the mice and rats are so mean they eat the buckets. They've even eaten emery buffing compound, and sand paper. I even had a HF ham radio transceiver eaten almost completely up several years ago. ;-)

weinerd
10-24-2011, 8:46 AM
Just leave a couple of packs of ichiban around where you're storing the good stuff. Animals still usually follow the path of least resistance.

akjunkie
10-24-2011, 8:49 AM
Just wondering if anyone tried those Ultrasonic rodent repellers? If so, did they work well?

Librarian
10-24-2011, 11:26 AM
Just wondering if anyone tried those Ultrasonic rodent repellers? If so, did they work well?

Yes, they do - but only for a while.

You know how people can live near an airport or the railroad tracks, and eventually don't notice the noise? It's called 'accommodation', and it works for mice, too.

Eventually the critters get used to it and ignore it. But it works OK for a new infestation.

ExtremeX
10-24-2011, 5:20 PM
That's kinda of crazy... I would have thought they wouldn't be able to smell the food in sealed containers...

Getting thought the buckets is pretty impressive.

Metal trash can for storage, is that a safe bet?

cannon
10-24-2011, 6:52 PM
My supplies come in cans and so far no rodent victories over my stash. Now if they eat the labels. Every meal will be an adventure!

Also with canned stuff it's already been "cooked" at the factory.