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7 Pest Deterrents

  • 01

    Wired kernel
    To keep mice from removing and escaping with the bait from his mousetrap, Dennis Nahrwold of Ossian, Indiana, drilled two tiny holes in a kernel of corn. Then he threaded the holes with very small flexible wire and fastened it to a mousetrap as bait. The mouse gets caught due to its lack of timeliness.

  • 02

    Keep mice out
    Harlin Thompson had trouble with mice on his farm in Ravenswood, West Virginia. They’d get into his baler twine over the winter and chew the string causing him to have to restring. So he got pot lids and put them over the twine bales. As a precaution, he attached a wire to each lid so he could anchor the other end of the wire to the stationary bar.

  • 03

    Tee up
    Mud daubers were filling William Davis’s air tools and hoses with mud when he wasn’t using them in his Platte City, Missouri, farm shop. That is, until he began to push golf tees into the openings – the taper holds them in. “They’re cheap, they work well, and it’s nice to be able to use the tools without having to clean out the openings every time,” he says.

  • 04

    Floor plate
    Jack Kisner of Fremont, Ohio keeps his grain truck in his barn. Rats in the barn would climb into the transmission and chew holes making their way into the cab where they would feast on soybeans. Fed up, he inserted a sheet of aluminum under the floor mat and rubber boot. In case of engine vibration the shield isn’t fastened down.

  • 05

    Owl perch
    Gophers were making a mess of Ted Paulsrud’s alfalfa fields near Danbury, Iowa. Using scrap steel laying around he built a set of perches. With a perch to rest and hunt on, owls and hawks control gophers and ground squirrels for about 50 yards around each perch, he reports. By removing the food supply for badgers, they’re not digging through the alfalfa either.

  • 06

    Fly-free
    A length of PVC pipe installed through the wall near the door of Glenn Waldner’s milk building in Mitchell, South Dakota keeps flies out in the summertime and warm air in during the winter. Since the PVC pipe has caps at both ends, the milkman can remove them and run his hose through the opening without having to open the door while he pumps the milk.

  • 07

    Bird Food Protector

    To keep squirrels off of his bird feeders, Minot, North Dakota, farmer Al Bennett rests two popcorn tin lids with holes drilled in their centers on electrical tape wound around wire threaded through the two holes. The lids are suspended about 10 inches apart and the bottom lid is 10 inches above the feeder.

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