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Old 06-02-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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Very effective mice repellant: a snake!

The DW and I were getting ready to go out on our first extended camping trip - 9 nights - 2 weeks ago, departing on that Friday before Memorial Day. On one of the days we went to the storage herd to check on some things, I open the pass-thrustorage door and see the dreaded pellets and urine from a rodent. I go around to the other side to look deeper, move a few things around, more pellets and sure enough, see a little mouse running away from me! I didn't see if he vacated or not, so I proceed with unloading everything from the storage area. Panicked DW goes to store to get traps, glue boards, etc.

I end up finding nest area inside one of our outdoor carpets - find it when I am moving it and hear squeaking noise coming from inside! Luckily for me - not so much for the mouse - only one small mouse in there, but it had to be dealt with (sorry animal lovers). No sign of other mice nor of the live one I saw earlier.

So we load up the storage, this time traps ready, and come back next day; nothing trapped, more pellets, mouse starting to tick me off!

Come back next nite, glue trap is missing. Strong mouse, I'm thinking. But I unload storage again to take closer look around. Look behind panel where Dirt Devil central vac is located, shine light inside, see strange looking rope with multiple colors. Then it occurs to me - it's a snake! He actually has the glue trap stuck to part of his body. DW is really freaking out now! She goes to buy some snake repellant while I try to get snake out. Bug spray forces him further under bottom of sealed coach. Repellant eventually drives him out while I'm there, comes out of the bottom near steps, pin head down with a stick and grab rest of body - glue trap limited his mobility. Apologies again to animal lovers, but I had to kill it - I don't know at this point if poisonous or not, and not trying to find out the hard way! Ends up being about a 5 foot corn snake - fond of mice, and good climbers.

The good news, and moral to the story, is I saw no more signs of mice after the snake's visit, and we had a good trip. Probably should have left the snake in for the future, but that would be problematic - imagine waking up with a snake on your pillow!! Hopefully rodent and snake repellant in place along with traps will help in future.

I hope none of you have had similar visitors to your coaches!!
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:20 PM   #2
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Are you seriously suggesting I should get a snake ?
What does Indiana Jones say? 'I hate snakes'.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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Heck no - I'm pretty scared of em myself! Kinda wish I wasn't but too set in my ways to change now!
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:37 PM   #4
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Are you seriously suggesting I should get a snake ?
What does Indiana Jones say? 'I hate snakes'.
There's only one GOOD snake.... and it can't slither.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:48 PM   #5
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There's only one GOOD snake.... and it can't slither.
I could not agree more!
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:53 PM   #6
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old remedy for keeping snakes away: moth balls

My Cherokee grandmother kept lots of moth balls around the edges of her yard.

I'll make NO apologies for killing rats and snakes. They need killin', right in the same category as roaches and fire ants. I think the good Lord put 'em on earth for us to have something to shoot pellet guns at.
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A co-worker who just recently moved here from "up nawth" got bit by a ground rattler.... aka copper head...two weeks ago.

Silly woman, you do NOT take your garbage out to the edge of the road this time of the year 'round here barefooted!

It latched on between her big toe and the next toe...couldn't shake it loose. She was lucky though...it was a young 'un and didn't have a lot of venom, but her foot looked like football for two weeks.
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How do you want to shoot a juvenile rattler under a hot tub, happened to us last summer
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A co-worker who just recently moved here from "up nawth" got bit by a ground rattler.... aka copper head...two weeks ago.

Silly woman, you do NOT take your garbage out to the edge of the road this time of the year 'round here barefooted!

It latched on between her big toe and the next toe...couldn't shake it loose. She was lucky though...it was a young 'un and didn't have a lot of venom, but her foot looked like football for two weeks.
OUCH!! I wondered if this one was a copperhead or not. It did make me pick up a small hatchet to take with me. The stick alone took a while to do the job.

Pellet gun sounds like a good idea too!
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I have a .410 shotgun that is great for rattlers that show up at the campground here in Bama..

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