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Pest Control: Identifying what you have

by Ken Fitzpatrick
posted 12-31-2011 10:14 PM


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#1 posted 01-01-2012 05:38 PM

Mouse.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 09:38 PM

Thanks Steve. I thought that might be what it was but was definately not sure. When I found it the first time it was in several large mounds like each was added. It was pasty like not hard at all. I thought mouse droppings were smaller and hard. Since we don’t have any other evidence of mice and there is no food in that room I couldnt understand how or why except that it has been cold.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 09:42 PM

Sorry… definitely NOT mouse. imho.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 09:49 PM

I think mouse, or other rodent. Do you live in urban or rural setting? COuld it be a squirrel?
http://www.wildlife-removal.com/squirrelpoop.html

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 10:10 PM

I guess some people have never dealt with mouse droppings, to say that’s what those things are…... yikes! God does not exist. Nope, not squirrel poops either, which are oval-football-ish in shape.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 10:47 PM

Ok now we are going to get to the bottom of this. My lovely wife of 41 years watched me going through all this research on the internet and posting. She said to me why don’t you use your IP Cam and just leave it there to see what it is. Brilliant!!!!

I have an IP Cam (wireless) for security in my shop. It has motion sensor detection so if it comes and its alive it will trigger the camera. It will do a 25 sec video (5 seconds before motion starts from cache) and also take pics. It sends a notice with a pic to my Iphone. The cam has infrared for night view. It is really sensative so much so that it caught a “rod” (flying bug) going across the shop. That was a lot of fun trying to identify what it was but my grandson Tyler actually knew exactly what a rod was. Sure enough pics on the web proved he was right.

The last few droppings seem fresh (fluid around the dropping) so hopefully we will see pretty soon. If we are lucky, I will be posting pics in the next day or so of what is leaving that mess.

Thanks for all the replies I really appreciate it.

I you would like a sneak peak at the cam here is the address: http://24.34.32.212:1025/web/view.html
user: guest password: welcome8

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 12:01 AM

Bat guano.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 01:56 AM

Like pk said…... if you’ve got a mouse (or even a rat) leaving droppings like that, you’d better pack up and leave. I’m not real sure what it is… maybe raccoon??? Whatever it is, try to be very careful when you are around it. Something like this could cause some very bad health problems. Ever watch that show “Monsters Inside Us…?”

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 02:07 AM

Check with your county extension office. They will know what it is and how to get rid of it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 05:58 AM

Ken, We need some scale here. Are those turds smaller than a rice grain or bigger than a breadbox? I like your stealth cam idea. Be sure and post the pics as you have my interest for sure (especially if they’re bigger than a breadbox!).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 06:10 AM

That looks very similar to some droppings I found in my shop that turned out to be from a chipmunk. Of course, I can’t tell without knowing the size dropping we are talking about. I, too, would be very interested to see what evidence the camera produces.

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 06:18 AM

IMO – Mouse, vole, rat etc. . It’s inside and off its’ normal diet – hence the abnormal poop. Have you found what it is eating? -Jack

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 07:48 AM

Most of these are less then a half inch in length and like a thin piece of string. The latest one seems to be thicker than most with fluid around it . Maybe William has something as we have tons of chipmunks around. I have no idea what it is eating as there is no food in the room and we haven’t seen any signs of droppings in our kitchen or other rooms for that matter. It does seem strange to me that any animal would keep coming back to the same spot to relieve themselves inside a house.

Oh well, the cam is working and hopefully during the night tonight we will get a hit. Either way the cam is staying there until we find out what this is.

Once again thanks to everyone who has responded.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 05:24 PM

What is directly above it? Ceiling, overhang. As per pk—bat roost?

-- MrAl

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 09:14 PM

No hits on the IP Cam last night but I’m not giving up. It WILL be back.

Alan it is a completely enclosed fully insulated/sheet rocked room in my house. I’m putting in the baseboard next week after I paint it.

Anyone can log on to see for themselves at the address and logon info above.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#16 posted 01-03-2012 02:57 AM

I’m with you on this safari. Catch it alive if you can. It’s got manners.

-- MrAl

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#17 posted 01-03-2012 06:24 AM

First we have to see what it is. Cute little chipmunks will have a chance to be caught alive. If its a rat, well that’s another story. It may take awhile to catch our little visitor but catch him we will. Hope it is soon, love to have the cam back in the shop. I intend to let people watch when I’m working in there. The new tongue and groove pine floor will be going down this next week. The heat is on and the wood should be warm enough to install by Wednesday. How long it will take is another thing. Arthritis and a bad back will slow me down but I’ll get er done.

Hope we have a visitor tonight

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#18 posted 01-06-2012 05:08 PM

Any luck casing the joint? LOL

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#19 posted 01-06-2012 05:21 PM

Hmm, to me it looks like ferret business, they’re pretty messy critters. I had a friend with 2 and the smell of the cage is unforgettable.

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#20 posted 01-06-2012 05:48 PM

Toss the cat in there and let it do its job.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#21 posted 01-06-2012 06:56 PM

Actually we have a rat terrier and he is pretty good at policeing the place for mice but he cannot get into that room as it is closed off while we renovate.

Still nothing on camera. I guess the little bugger knows he’s being watched. I’m gonna keep it there because sooner or later he will arrive.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#22 posted 01-06-2012 07:08 PM

And this will be when someone steals stuff from your shop ^_^

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#23 posted 01-06-2012 08:03 PM

I know what you mean Dan but the cam is really for when we are traveling. It works with a security system, but just happens to be an add on that I put in so my wife or friends can get me in the shop. It has a two way speaker/mic, so anyone who has the right password can talk to me while I’m working and see what I’m working on. It’s actually pretty cool if I do say so. I’m 63 and who knew I would be into these type of gadgets. The good new is that the motion sensor when activated will set off my security system and video whomever is breaking in.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#24 posted 01-06-2012 08:15 PM

Hey Ken, Can you provide a link to the product?
It sounds like a fun thing to consider.

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#25 posted 01-06-2012 11:54 PM

It’s a Wansview 536NW. Just google and you will see the manufacturer. It is a good deal and their tech support is actually very good. The nice thing is the fact that it is wireless and you can put it anywhere that you can plug it in. Of course you must have a wireless system. Hope that helps Jim.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#26 posted 01-08-2012 04:56 AM

Well we finally caught the little buggers!!!!! And they are a mouse family. It appears some are larger than the other. Sorry to say for them, tomorrow will bring a halt to using our new computer room as their pit stop.
Have on hand four cans of foam that I use whenever I find new holes in the house. Use this link to go to my photobucket account to see the videos. There is a lead in with nothing happening on each as the cam records the time just before the motion detector is set off. When you reach the album, expand the video window to full screen so you can get a better look.

http://photobucket.com/mouseinthehouse

Thanks for all the suggestions. Now back to woodworking.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#27 posted 01-08-2012 05:09 AM

Now it’s time to send in the terrier!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#28 posted 01-08-2012 05:21 PM

The hunts over and I’m not even winded. Great camera.

-- MrAl

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#29 posted 01-08-2012 06:46 PM

Sorry “GFADVM” but my wife won’t let me do it. She is for forgiving and blocking the holes.

Al, that was sorta fun even with the aggravation. Feeling of accomplishment to see what it was, and yes that is a great cam. Gonna buy two more for other areas. One will be an outdoor model.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#30 posted 01-08-2012 11:15 PM

Is technology great…. or what??!!! But I’m still not real sure what it is. Of course, being in a different part of the country, it makes sense that I don’t know. Kind of looks like a medium size rat, but I couldn’t see much of a tail. Looked kinda stubby. I came across a DIY “no kill” trap on the web a while back. It was made with a regular mouse trap, a coffee can and some rabbit fencing. At least now you know what’s going on. You guys are right, those cameras are really something.

Edit: I went back and saw where Ken said its a mouse family. It could be that. The mice we have around here (field mice) seem to be a lot smaller. On the other hand, some of the rats here are as big as small dogs.

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#31 posted 01-09-2012 05:34 AM

Well, If she won’t go for that I’ve heard that lion turds spread around will keep mice away!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#32 posted 04-01-2012 10:38 PM

I thought it was mouse droppings. I just joined or I could of helped you with feces recognition and removal methods.

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#33 posted 04-01-2012 11:00 PM

Well thanks anyway Chad. The problem has been solved and a couple of holes we didn’t know we had are blocked with foam and all is well in the new computer room. Hope you watched the video of those wicked little critters fouling the new computer room.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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