I have a mouse problem in my garage, I've tried the electronic
pesticide.. it's not working well. The mice come in for the winter and
have destroyed my cabin air filters.
I have found the droppings each year since installing the electronic unit.
So now I am trying an old remedy of mothballs. I sprinkled them around
the garage perimeter, fortunately my dog won't go near them, he backed
away from the smell. And boy do they stink.
I think I read years ago that throwing one in a draw with tools kept the
rust away. Is this true?
I hate the smell but have a bunch left, and wondered if I can preseve
some tools by throwing a ball in there.
Gee, surprise, surprise.
A friend of mine, now deceased, was one of - if not THE - first
manufacturers and purveyors of those gizmos. Made millions. I mentioned to
him, one time, my doubt about their efficacy. He agreed that they didn't
work, said he gave a moneyback guarantee. I asked him how many had been
returned, he said 700; I then asked how many he had sold, he said 700,000.
Amish mantle, anyone? Maybe a 24k gold "clad" coin?
Apparently the camphor in them does...
They make good targets too. Heat a solid copper wire, string on some
mothballs, hang it up and blast away.
Thanks, turns out these have no camphor, these are traditional
napthalene. My garage stinks after 1 dozen balls were put around. Damn,
don't know how the parents and grandparents used to put up with that in
I have not been able to find out whether the napthalene have the same
effect as the camphor.
Just as an aside, and when I was a kid, those old mothballs containing
napthalene were also used in an old horseman's trick for curing a horse
who was lame from a foot/hoof injury.
Back in my farrier days, I would heat mothballs in a coffee can on the
forge in the back of my truck, pour the temporarily liquified contents
into a freshly cleaned hoof, and hold the hoof up until the melted
mothballs re-hardened. This had an immediate numbing, anesthetic effect.
Most always, by the time you put the foot back on the ground, the horse
could magically walk off as if it had never had a problem, lasting
perhaps for several days. (I used this trick, along with some corrective
shoeing, to keep my prized steer roping horse, who was worth a ton of
money but had chronic laminitis, ready for work).
The problem was that many a lame horse was sold this way, so part of
"Caveat Emptor" when buying a horse in the old days was keeping your
nose out for the smell of mothballs in the sellers stable ... "Oh that
smell? That's for keeping out the rats!"
Yeah, right ... ;)
We had a problem with moles and such eating the flowers and bulbs in the
garden. We were told by one lady that when planting flowers and bulb,
to put a coupld of mothballs in the hole, then continue the standard
I don't mind the smell of mothballs. I use it in the boat to keep
rodents out, it also works for some insects
As for keeping the rust away, I doubt it though have no experience using
it in that way. To keep the rust away it has to be a material that will
absorb water. Mothballs will not.
I use a good silicon auto polish on my tools, table saw, drill press,
etc. I have heard that the silicon will interfere with the finish on
wood cut with the tools, but I have never experienced any problems.
With the table saw, I also have a piece of plywood that covers the
table. This keeps the moist air are from coming in contact with the
cold iron table.
On Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:39:28 -0500, tiredofspam <nospam.nospam.com>
Similar problem in my garage. Mice were getting under the hood of the
car, nesting and causing issues that resulted in hundreds of dollars
in repair bills. I did a few things that have stopped the critters
99%. First I closed up any gaps I could in the garage doors. Set about
a dozen traps. Shaved Zest deoderant soap and placed on the garage
floor. Finally, I bought a few Ratzappers, which work like a charm.
Took some daily maintenance and trap emptying but after about 10 days
I haven't seen nor caught a mouse. YMMV. Good luck!
Living in farm country there is an abundance of them. The electronic
device was on the recommedation of my car dealer after the 4th
replacement and nest.
I have tried the trap routine. I have been clipped by the trap going off
as much as the mice.
ratzapper??? I'll have to check that out.
Ratzapper's are the, uh, cat's ass<g>
Really work well. We've had great luck containing the rodent population
in the garage/shop area. They go in and they don't come out. Little
pilot light on top tells you when you've killed one and need to dump it
out. No need to touch the mouse or...
Powered by AA batteries they will electrocute even good sized rats.
Friend of mine in San Diego tipped me off to them. They have tree or
roof rats out there. Damn things will hardly fit inside the zapper but
if they try... R.I.P.
Keep it close to the wall and parallel to the baseboard. I usually drop
one or two nuggets of dry dog food in when I set it.
LOL! Frankly, I don't care if the rat zapper traps them and beats them
to death<g> I've seen in the past where a mouse will get caught in a
trap along the side and close to the axis of the trap arm. They can
live a bit if the neck isn't snapped.
Ditto with the wind up multi-mouse trap (galvanized metal contraption
that will store their little corpse until the smell enough to attract
Perhaps by comparison that high voltage with a healthy dose of current
All I know is that it works. I put two tiny nuggets of dry dog food in
and when I go to empty it I get two nuggets of dry dog food and a dead
mouse coming out.
Ratzapper sells (surprise, surprise) an outdoor housing for their
equipment. From what I see, a polystyrene bread box or something
similar (with appropriate entrance/exit holes and removable lid would
work as well. As it's for outdoor use, size of the container should not
I worked in an office building once that had rats in the space above
the hung ceiling panels. We could hear the rats scurrying around:
"tap tap tap tap... tap tap tap tap". They used sticky pads as pest
Afterwards, it sounded like: "tap tap tap THUNK.... tap tap tap
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