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7 shop pest deterrents

  • 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. He reports that when a mouse comes to chew on the corn, it trips the trap and gets caught because it cannot remove the bait.

  • 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. That way, if the operator forgets to remove the lids before baling, they won’t get lost.

  • 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 I want to use them,” he says.

  • Floor plate

    Jack Kiser of Fremont, Ohio, keeps his grain truck in his barn. He had problems with rats climbing up onto the transmission, chewing holes through the rubber boot, and crawling into the cab to eat the soybeans they bring in. Fed up, he inserted a sheet of aluminum under the floor mat and rubber boot. The shield isn’t fastened down; he left it free to move in case of engine vibration.

  • Owl perch

    Gophers were making a mess of Ted Paulsrud’s alfalfa fields near Danbury, Iowa. Then he recycled some scrap steel laying around and built a set of perches at a minimum cost. 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. Additionally, by removing the food supply for badgers, they’re not digging through the alfalfa either.

  • Fly-free

    A length of PVC pipe installed through the wall near the door of Glenn Waldner’s milk building 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. Waldner says it’s a perfect way to keep flies out at his farm in Mitchell, South Dakota.

  • Squirrels off feeders

    To keep the squirrels off of his bird feeders, Al Bennett rests two popcorn tin lids with holes drilled in their centers on electrical tape wound ¼-inch thick around wire, which is threaded through the two holes. The lids are suspended about 10 inches apart and the bottom lid is 10 inches above the feeder. He says that just one lid wouldn’t foil the squirrels at his place near Minot, North Dakota, but two lids do the job.

Here are 7 ideas for keeping pesky pests out of the shop from All Around the Farm.

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