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- Suggestion A: Electric fences or wires
are used through out the forests to keep bears from
garbage bins. Zoos use them extensively also to keep
bears and other animals from fighting. The pain will turn
all but the most hungry bear away. Bear fences are a
standard practice in some areas of Northern Alberta. I
seem to remember 3 strands of smooth wire. It is usual to
hang cans of sardines (punctured with a nail in several
spots) on each side so the bear won't accidentally wander
through it in the night and not notice it. Fur sometimes
insulates. With the sardines, the bear touches the fence
with his nose and is sure to want to leave. From then on
he is 'fence trained'.
- Suggestion A: I would suggest trapping
them using Conibear 330 traps. Check your local laws and
be very careful with these traps. They can break arms.
The pelts are almost worthless (maybe $2), but beaver
itself is supposed to taste good, so eating them is an
option. While butchering the beaver, be careful not to
cut the castor gland, or you'll have to toss the whole
- Suggestion B: Live trap and relocate the
beavers. The problem with this is that they often become
someone else's problem. Again, check your local laws and
game authority. You may find that there are places
looking to add beavers for ecological restoration.
- Suggestion A: Hang silver mylar
streamers down from the gutters. The noise or reflections
seems to scare them off.
- Suggestion B: Try a product called
"Hot Foot". Supposedly, it irritates their
feet, and it's very sticky stuff so they don't like to
land in it. It lasts for ages too. It's made in
Australia. The active ingredient is Polybutene.
- Suggestion A: Well, my personal choice
is "tank and blast". I have a 400 gallon water
tank on a trailer which has a 2 1/2" hose out the
bottom. I stick the hose down a reasonable hole and
"fill 'em up". The little "orchard
rats" have a choice of either drowning or running
and they generally wind up running. For the runners I
like to use shot shells in 38 revolvers. They are good
for about 30 feet with very small risk to friends the
neighbors. We wound up loading our own with #7 shot as
the commercial shells are quite expensive, not reloadable
and not as effective as the hand loads. I used to have a
bounty on the "rats" but after I started
tanking I have to limit the number of "helpers"
I have on any given day. And for safety reasons I'm quite
picky about who I take out with me and avoid those who
suffer from "buck fever". We've been doing this
for over ten years now and the worst injury was a
sprained ankle from tripping on a burrow while chasing
down a rat.
How can I keep mice from getting in my
- Suggestion A: Put aquarium gravel in the
spots where the mice are digging to get in the house. The
hole collapses as the mice dig through the gravel,
killing them. The depth of the gravel needs to be about 4
to 6 inches. If you have a large area to cover, you can
try pea gravel from your local landscaping company. This
is a much less expensive alternative.
- Suggestion A: Get some cats that like to
hunt. We have three seven-month-old kittens. They started
hunting recently, and they've been bringing in moles as
well as mice. We got cats because a friend of ours told
us she's had no problems with moles since she got cats.
- Suggestion B: Plant daffodil bulbs.
There is something about daffodil bulbs that moles don't
- Suggestion C: Shake a stick of Juicy
Fruit gum out onto a piece of wax paper being careful not
to touch it with your fingers. In the wax paper, roll the
gum into a ball. Poke a hole through a mole run, shake
the gum out into the hole, and stomp on the hole to cover
it. The gum gets caught in their intestines and kills
- Suggestion A: Put mothballs under the
house. Supposedly, it irritates the heck out of their
eyes. After the skunks/raccoons leave, seal up the sides
to keep them from moving in again. [ed. note: several
replies have indicated success with this method]
- Suggestion B: Get a small peanut can.
Fill it 1/3 full of flowers of sulfur. Light it. Put it
under the house. The skunks/raccoons will leave, and the
sulfur smell will dissipate fairly quickly. Then seal up
the sides to keep them from moving in again.
This page was last updated on January 23, 2006