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Old 01-27-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever used an Owl to keep away mice or rats?

My biggest concern during the hibernation period is rats or mice getting into the trailer. As part of winterizing I clean out the food, use DCon underneath, and spread dryer sheets around.

My neighbor suggested using a plastic Owl or 2 to keep them away.

I would imagine that if we put one ahead of it and one behind, it covers the entire perimeter of the trailer.

Has anyone tried something like this?
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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I have never done this on our 5er but have done it at home to keep Starlings and Barn Swallows away. I have had problems with birds in our 5er hitch so after reading your op I'm going to try it. Hope it works for your mouse problem!
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:58 PM   #3
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It may work for a short time, but you have to continuously move the decoys around, otherwise the critters get wise to the fact that they aren't moving. Another trick is to take used litter from yours or friends cats (clumps removed) & spread a line of it around your trailer. You can refresh it every few weeks if you want, but the scent will hold for a long time & it does keep the mice out!
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:06 PM   #4
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Mom had one of them plastic owls...
Did not work at all for keeping snakes away.
They do look cool.
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This year I just threw a cat in the trailer. I will let you know come spring when I pick my camper up from storage if it worked or not.
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We put plastic snakes from the $1 toy bin at Wally World up on our front porch to keep the swifts out. It worked for all but one pair of them (they must have been the 'smarter' ones, they tried to build a nest on the snake's head!). I wonder if it would work for rodents?
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It may work for a short time, but you have to continuously move the decoys around, otherwise the critters get wise to the fact that they aren't moving.
x2 - we used an owl to keep hawks away from a Koi pond, but had to move it every couple of days
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this year i just threw a cat in the trailer. I will let you know come spring when i pick my camper up from storage if it worked or not.
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I don't have a mouse problem at my home base, but I do have a chipmunk problem. But my solution started spending a lot of time around here a few days ago. Nothing like a neighborhood cat.

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I don't have a mouse problem at my home base, but I do have a chipmunk problem. Nothing like a neighborhood cat.
Chipmunk brains are a delicacy for cats...
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