Mouse proofing pole barn.

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  1. ONEIDABOW1

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    Next spring, my son and I will start insulating our deer camp pole barn. First will be ridgid pink foam against the metallic outside the calling a spray foam company to do the rest. What I’m wondering is what could I use to plug the gaps at bottom of metal siding at the rib. I need something they can’t chew thru our bypass. Thanks.
     
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    Rip some treated wood in the right demension and nail it around the bottom of the steel. There is also metal piece called Rat Guard that can be put there.
     
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    Bend some flashing around the foam then stuff the ribs about 3” up with steel wool.
     
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    I used great stuff foam, chicken wire, steel wool, wood. They still get in
     
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    That’s because you put doors in your barn. No matter what you do to mouse proof the barn you will need to use decon, flybait/coke, tomcat or some other pest killer to keep the population in control.
     
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  7. Bucket-Back

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    I use some crunchy peanut butter on Woodstream mouse traps. Tuna Fish or Cheese on the rat traps

    eta, I have over 1500 acres of Forest behind me.

    eta part Douche - Ya , a pest killer is needed at a place that doesn't get much use.
     
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    the neighbor's barn cats help at my place
     
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    Cat nip brings them in too. My wife has me buy some every now and then and I can see the results on my home security cameras. It works.
     
  10. 12Point

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    I spray foamed around the bottom perimeter on the inside. I built an interior wall that separates the man cave from the rest of the barn. They still can get into the barn through a small gap in one corner of my OH door, but not in the man cave. As others have said, keep bait and traps around just in case. I keep some near the OH door. Usually find 1 dead mouse a year in the barn side
     
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    Everything you can think of + a suicide bucket.
     
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    I think I have my barn just about airtight and some house the mice still get in.
     
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    This is what my builder did and knock on wood I haven't had mice in 2+ years. I have mouse feed traps in there and they're never touched.
    I wish I can say the same about my crawl space.
     
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    I think a lot of the mice get in when the doors are left open during the day, they will sneak in even if your are close by.
     
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    Best Ive found is Victor traps w/ small piece of bacon tired on trigger w/ sewing thread.

    I noticed someone suggested pnut butter. My experience w/ it is they will eat it off and never set the trap off.
    Go to youtube and check mouse traps and set on or two of the 5 gal buckets in the barn and that will control the mice..