Do mothballs work? The boat is stored outdoors and
covered with a tarp. Last year I had a very severe problem
(for the first time- very cold late winter in NE.)
I had also thought of D-Con but there are lots of
nooks and crannies where they can go to die rather
than leaving the premises! Your thoughts?
A lot of people report good luck with mothballs. There are also people
who have reported no luck at all with them. I suspect those that report
good luck are reporting just that, "Good Luck" and not really "effect
It should be noted that naphthalene and 1,4-dichlorobenzene (both are
used as mothballs) are both toxic to humans. They also would need to be
renewed and they might cause damage to some parts of your boat.
When it sarts to get cold the critters look for warm/sheltered spots to
I would set traps (including glue traps) and poison. If your boat has
hidden places you might anticipate this and place a few feet on fiberglass
insulation batts. When you open your boat up again you will likely find
some dead mice inside.
Place several bait stations that protect the bait from weather and non
target animals around the boat and surrounding area. Bait blocks will be
more attractant than the D-Con and will be able to secure better in the
The idea with the stations around the boat is to have the mice that are
foraging near the boat feed on the bait and be eliminated before they
are actually moving into the boat and finding the bait.
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