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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-11-2018, 11:33 AM
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Even if you have squirrels, my money is on the mice. They love insulation, and I've found them in houses, dead in the walls, burned to a crisp because they were eating through live wires. The mothball idea is good, and I've seen it work.
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Funny this comes up now.
I heard some scratching around in my wall yesterday which I know from experience is an on again off again red squirrel issue. I set up a live trap as the only way in or out of the tiny opening they found in some sheet metal at ground level.

This morning I found the trap closed and instead of a pesky red squirrel (and they'll chew through anything including wall studs and wiring) I found a baby weasel! No more than 6" long.

I figured there's no way he was in the wall but I found on the internet that they have been known to go in looking for mice or squirrels to eat....could also be that he just smelled the peanut butter as he was passing by.

I set the trap up again to see if there were any more to come out before I seal it up or maybe it still was a squirrel still to be caught. Nothing yet this afternoon.
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I use moth balls on my tractors that sit out under cover . They evaporate in about 3 weeks but mice , rats, snakes and squirrels hate moth balls.
Moths balls are ok to use but just so damn inconvenient. And the older I get the harder it is to use them.

Once you CATCH the moths, its a real pain to get their legs spread apart to harvest them.

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... I found a baby weasel! No more than 6" long...
I'm thinking you might have caught an adult female Least weasel. 6" is a typical full grown female. The timing is off by a couple months for a juvenile Long Tailed or Short Tailed weasel to be out of the den.

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Just got done talking to the neighbor who works at a Honda dealership as a mechanic he said they had 20 cars that had wires that were chewed as stated earlier that. Cables are soy covered he mentioned that now the insurance companies are they might be suing the people that are making these wires out of got my GM truck back and it cost me $315 to fix it
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Moths balls are ok to use but just so damn inconvenient. And the older I get the harder it is to use them.

Once you CATCH the moths, its a real pain to get their legs spread apart to harvest them.
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