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Those were your emergency rations?

Discussion in 'Preparedness' started by Stone, Oct 12, 2017 at 1:48 PM.

  1. Stone

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    I went to the glove box of my truck to get an air pressure gauge and found this.

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    I just put these almonds in the glove box earlier this summer. Empty! Looks like I have mice in my truck.

    Might want to keep the emergency non-perishable rations in a mouse proof box from now on...a word to the wise is sufficient.
     
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    I have a small plastic box with a few non perishable items in the cars. As an added precaution the lid is sealed with duct tape to reduce the chance of the little critters smelling my supplies.
     
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    Metal would be better if you can find a good sealing container. Mice and some other critters can be rather tenacious and will chew through plastic to get at the goodies. I cache winter supplies in 5 gallon buckets buried, with different goods in double or tripled plastic baggies so there's a variety in each bucket good for 5-10 days along with other supplies. On a few occasions I've gone to a supply cache only to find that critters have burrowed down and chewed through the sides to get to the goodies. Hope the suckers broke their teeth on the dried pinto beans.
     
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    i just take one of the kids wherever i go that way its fresh and i can eat for a week......after all i can always have more kids.
     
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    I about gagged one day, I was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the third day and one of the pieces of bread had a tiny hole. I picked up the loaf and a mouse had bored in from the back of the loaf, about 1/3 of the loaf through. Just a mouse sized hole.:26:
     
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    I hope you get a couple of traps in there before they start crapping in your air vents and chewing your electrical wires.
     
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    Maybe the mice just became your new emergency rations...
     
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  8. Stone

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    I think I'll put some "TomCat" poison under the seat...
     
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    My mini trapline is doing quite well this fall on the mice population.
    Nothing gets me more fired up than mice in my stuff.
     
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    And accessible food can lead to damaged wiring and upholstery and rodent urine and droppings.
     
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    Lost my share of stuff due to rats an squirrels .
    Squirrels were stealing eggs taking them from the cage 2' high off the ground where the nests are with out breaking them and rolling them through the chainlink fence and out the second chainlink fence and under a tree .
    These guys were smart too . I set up live traps and they learned not to touch the peanut butter but they loved the bird seed and chicken feed .
    But they'd learn how to defeat the cage and traps so hanging around and shooting them was the only alternative out side.
    I have a number of plastic buckets that rats got into so I've learned that lesson. however when they got in the house rat poison was the only thing that worked. So I have it in the areas my preps are kept. I hate poison with a passion, but there's no choice in the matter . Traps just don't work any more.
     
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    I live in the woods, and have an ongoing battle with the little vermin in my vehicles. I don't use poison cause I have dogs, but I did put a black snake in an old travel trailer that was infested one time. It helped for a short while, but I never did find the snake again .....
     
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    Mice ate him.....I have been battling them for years....mostly in the shed at "The Place" and in my garage at the city house....

    Never had a problem in the garage when the old cat was around......but have had them eat thru a 2 gal plastic bucket to get at the poison..????...Dumb azz mice...I laughed and laughed.

    Now I just leave the poison in that bucket with the hole in it.......Hey worked before.
     
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    In my garage I had a container that the mouse/rat poison came in. Never got around to distributing it, then I noticed it was empty. Now I just put a container of the stuff on the floor and let the mice "self distribute" the poison based on their needs and desires.
     
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    Yeah, weird? huh?

    Had my chest waders hanging upside down on "boot hooks".....
    When I tried to put them on....the toes were stuffed with 'blue death"......How in the heck did they get that up there?

    I now keep seeds and feed...as well as any food stashed in remote locations... in metal cans....as they will eat thru a plastic bucket.
     
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    I store my car food in a Pelican case. They are well worth the price.
     
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    I store my various mouse/bird/rat/mole/rabbit carcasses inside my cat.
     
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    Reading these tales of the destructive eating habits of Rodents takes me back many years to about 1961.
    The merchant ship that I was a second trip Deck Boy in ( thought I was the Ancient Mariner with nearly a year's sea time..:D ) loaded, as deck cargo, a very expensive Daimler Limousine which was destined to become the official car for the British Governor of Hong Kong. We lashed the car down and covered it with tarpaulins as we loaded cargo in London's West India Dock.
    Some weeks later after a voyage via the Suez Canal and a couple of ports in India and beyond, we docked in Hong Kong Seaport. Uncovered the car ready for discharging cargo and found that there were no longer leather seats or complete carpets and even the leather covered door panels looked err...well chewed!! In those days the car seats had coil springs which now looked like the wire skeletons of some strange animals
    We never found out if it was British Rodents on a holiday voyage from London or hungry four legged passengers who came aboard uninvited at one of the ports we docked in, but we heard that the British Hong Kong Governor was not at all happy with his new transport....:D :D
     
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    Found my "Cat Quiver" had been chewed into and the 15yr old PopTart that was in the pouch had been chewed into. The quiver was stored in an outdoors shed so was not too surprised when I discovered the intrusion. Got rid of the food source, moved the quiver up, off the ground and not too worried about it now. That would suck though to find evidence of the little bastards in my truck. There's a smorgasbords of goodies stored in it. I know though that there are no entry points for the little shits to get into the cab.
     
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    That's what I thought...but I do leave the windows 'cracked' a bit in the summer to let the heat out. Plus, I don't know how it looks from a mouse-eye-view through the wiring harness or air vents. Tomorrow they get the TomCat treatment...
     
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    thats why everyone should have a trunk monkey and a glovebox cat
     
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    I had a mouse build her nest between the gas tank and skid plate on my Jeep. No way to destroy the nest without removing the skid plate. I took me a year to finally trap her. She had two sets of babies in that nest. They didn't seem to mind road trips at all. You would think the noise, heat, dust, or movement would have annoyed them, but it seemed to have no effect.

    Good luck in ridding your truck of the rodent.

    JohnP
     
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    I think I had a bird nest in the truck undercarriage somewhere last summer. Birds would fly out from under the car every time I went by it. Lots of bird crap on the tires...using the side view mirror for a perch. Every time I'd come back from a short drive there would be adult birds greeting me and they could hardly wait til I stopped. We went for a several hours long rockhounding trip and my wife could hear "peeping" around the truck while out in the bush. Yep, "mobile habitat."
     
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    Rodent control measures were deployed in the truck today.
     
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