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Mouse problem

Postby Monika » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:10 pm

Our unheated greenhouse now has a large number of pots planted with spring bulbs and, unfortunately, our local mice have discovered them! There is no way I can exclude the mice from the greenhouse - is there any smell they particularly dislike like mothballs, black pepper, camphor? I have tried sprinkling the pots with yellow sulphur but that doesn't seem to deter them from digging into the soil.
Our garden is bordered on two sides by tall dry stone walls which are full of mice, so catching them in traps would be an endless job. Last year I caught 22 mice in as many days, then I gave up ......
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Diane » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:46 am

I can only suggest that you cover the pots with small mesh wire if that's possible.
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby robo » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:20 pm

Sticky boards are good but not kind to the mice
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Primrose » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:36 pm

How infuriating! I wonder if Jeyes Fluid would deter them. Or perhaps some nasty cheap perfume if you have any which may have been an unwanted present which could be drizzled over the surface of the compost. Moths are alleged not to like lavender in wardrobes. I suspect mice are more resilient though.
In the short term, before the bulbs show through, could you put sheets of plastic, glass or some old aluminium plates or saucepan lids over the surface of the pots to prevent mice being able to access the compost?
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Westi » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:35 pm

It will be more protecting the bulbs than repelling the mice I would think. Any hanging baskets you can put over the pots with mesh or netting staked over it into the edges of the pot, or maybe some cloches with something taped over the vent? I bought some plastic ones quite cheaply which wouldn't fair outside very well but would be fine under cover. Or trap any in the greenhouse & release & then cover any ventilation points you need to leave open?
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Monika » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:13 pm

Many thanks for all the advice. I have now moved all the pots onto the top shelves in the greenhouse and I think that, and sprinkling on more yellow sulphur, has kept the little blighters off, but I will check them every morning.
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby edenhorticultural » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:21 am

Mouse in the garden can increase the problems exponentially & damage property. I suggest to use mesh that can solve your problem for some time.
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Primrose » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:15 pm

Monika. If you'd seen the damage nesting mice did to the wiring in my car's dashboard after climbing up into the warm engine in the garage for a cosy nesting spot you'll use every method at your disposal To discourage them from your plot. They may only be tiny creatures but they can cause a disproportionate amount of damage. My car repair bill was expensive.
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Westi » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:03 pm

After I offer advice to you Monika the little monkeys are showing themselves on the plot - in broad daylight, but in their defence I was weeding around the compost bin which had some tomatoes still fruiting so it was their free B & B! But my wee pea shoots have now disappeared with the cutest little weeny holes left which are not from rats, although the neighbour has a mega rat problem I'm sure the damage is too little & neat to be rats but they will be after everything soon enough as well if neighbours attempts are unsuccessful!

Deep Joy! But at end of the day just another challenge & will have to be creative!
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Monika » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:13 pm

Good luck with your mice (and I hope it's not rats), Westi!
Moving my pots to the top shelf in the greenhouse and sprinkling on more sulphur seems to have done the trick, but they have now turned their attention to the newly planted tulip bulbs outside......
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Westi » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:27 pm

Naughty little blighters but obviously hungry! Maybe we have to look at alternatives to tempt them away from the bulbs & kind of set them up a well stocked feeding station away from the bulbs (& peas)! I've no idea what they would prefer or if they will need high or low feeders or hidden tunnels needed, nor the distance away from our crops & bulbs but lucky for us there are clever people on here that will know rodent preferences - by rodent I mean the little cute guys btw!
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby peter » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:55 pm

Feed them, they'll breed to exceed the food you supply.
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Re: Mouse problem

Postby Westi » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:27 pm

How can you persuade them to move when you have crops & bulbs that are basically feeding them though? I wouldn't be surprised to actually see one with opposing thumbs as I think I do a pretty good job with battening down the netting & mesh but still they get in!
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