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Forum topic by MrRon posted 01-29-2013 07:38 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2013 07:38 PM

I have been plagued with all sorts of critters in my shop. Rats/mice/squirrels have been feasting on plastic and insulation. Birds have been making nests in the ceiling using my fiberglass insulation and now I find the remains of a snake skin in my router table. I didn’t even mention all the bugs and spiders that call my shop home. I know that I have to close off any openings that a critter could enter by, but it is sometimes not possible; around large sliding doors for example. I do have a lot of clutter in my shop and that provides refuge. I guess it’s time I cleaned it up.

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 07:43 PM

Or maybe head north ??

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 07:48 PM

MOTH BALLS! Spread ‘em in the corners and on the floor along the walls. Throw ‘em around by handfuls up in the attic areas. It is a deterrent. Yeah, some say the smell is overpowering, but it ebbs away in a day or two.

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 07:50 PM

Not cool ,I just HOPEFULLY won a battle with fleas in my shop.

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 07:53 PM

Can you say cat?

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#5 posted 01-29-2013 07:54 PM

I had a trap line going this fall for mice. Hopefully they’re gone, had a nest in my router table, yuck.

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 07:55 PM

Well you certainly don’t want the snakes in there. My brother’s son in law was cleaning out his barn which is fairly tight. He picks up and old wooden crate full of odds and ends and starts hauling it out to the truck and as he was on his way a 20 inch long copperhead starts coming out. He dropped it and the snake hightailed it out of their.

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#7 posted 01-29-2013 09:01 PM

panthers work faster than cats.

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 09:06 PM

I have had rabbits, lizards..lots of lizards, bees, roaches, spiders, cats and dogs in my shop…even had a hawk fly in once and crap on my workbench …in addition to whatever might still be hiding somewhere…If they do not bite…then I am good…and they never ask to borrow tools.

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#9 posted 01-29-2013 09:08 PM

My shop is part of our barn. I have my share of critters, but not as many as I would expect. That might be a result of the visits from our cat. Or, more likely, the part of the barn that has our animals and all the feed is much more interesting to the critters than the workshop.

I do have a habit of checking the pulley enclosure on the top of my drill press. One time it was stuffed with some animal’s stash of food.

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#10 posted 01-29-2013 09:14 PM

The snake came into the shop in search of the other critters that were in there.

Buy a King snake and let him live in the shop…. no more snakes, no more critters.

We don’t have a problem around our house and shop because we have 5 cats and 3 5’ king snakes.

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#11 posted 01-29-2013 09:28 PM

I think I read once that a mouse can get into a hole the size of a pencil. And they can climb so don’t assume they are coming in at ground level (I had them in my basement…only when my son was hosting a beer pong party did I figure it out…they watched a mouse climb a cinder block wall where it followed the wiring chase into the house from the garage.

For mice Victor mouse traps baited with peanut butter. Rat’s…Victor rat traps baited with ground beef wrapped in cheese cloth (watch your fingers…that trap will break them). Squirrels…pellet gun followed by pressure cooker. Snakes…you need a mongoose.

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#12 posted 01-29-2013 10:43 PM

Wahhhhhhhh! Makes me nervous. So far, no critters here.


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#13 posted 01-29-2013 11:05 PM

Bill…my shop is pretty tight (part of a steel building is a flange ledge on the bottom plate that is actually labeled “rat guard”). A few months ago I had some fine sawdust on the floor by the TS…tiny little footprints! I have 16×30 unfinished/unheated space in the same building and I watched a mouse scale that wall with zero effort.

Having lived in rural settings for much of my life, IMHO one can’t prevent them, only control them. The first “cold-snap” in the fall is the worst as they seek a warm spot.

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#14 posted 01-29-2013 11:08 PM

I’ll second the moth ball suggestion. It works.

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#15 posted 01-29-2013 11:14 PM

I watched crickets carrying cabinets out of my shop all spring and summer. Crazy this year, I mean ten’s of thousands. We killed and vacuumed them every day, and it was havoc on the stain grade. If I had only been able to train them to load the cabs in the trailer and install them. Maybe you need a shop cat??

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