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Old 06-03-2011, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default Brewing Attracts Mice?

Ok so before I get flamed and told what a ***** I am...I HATE MICE! I mean, I hate the little buggers. I think it might have something to do with a phobia that developed when I was kid and was forced to haul mice ridden trash every week to the back alley but that is besides the point. I cannot, I mean cannot stand mice.

Ok...so I live in a townhouse in a suburb type area. Not surrounded by any woods or anything and normally I brew in my garage with the garage door open. I don't store any grains or food of any sort in there and quite honestly the garage door really only opens daily when I come home from work and put my car in there and for 5 or 6 hours on the weekend when I brew.

So a few weeks ago I am brewing away enjoying the smells coming from my mash tun and enjoying a nice homebrew when I look over and see a little mouse poking his head around the side of my propane tank. Naturally I jumped up, ran inside and got the broom. Keep in mind by this time already I am freaking out because I don't want it is...but I hate mice. I did however suffer through the rest of the brew day and finish what I had started to do, after I moved my boil kettle outside the garage and closed the door of course. Long story short I had two days of misery. I set out about 10 traps...caught the rodent but he got away and then proceeded to taunt me by eating the bait off every trap I set for two nights in a row until FINALLY one of them got him and I joyfully removed the pest from my garage. My kegerator is in my garage so you can imagine how freaked out I was over the course of the evenings when I had to suck it up and go in there to fill my pint glass.

The point of this ramble is that i'd prefer to never have to deal with this again but i'm afraid that the smell of mashing grains etc is attracting mice. Is there something I can do to keep them away from my garage but still be able to brew in there with the door open? Other than the smell of the grains there is nothing else that can really attract them and they wouldn't last long in there because there is no source of food. I am hoping this might have been a total coincidence and the chance of it happening again is unlikely but I wouldn't mind getting a little reassurance from some fellow brewers.

Any feel free to insert your "grow a pair of balls dude" but save it for the end of your helpful advice


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Old 06-03-2011, 02:33 AM   #2
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Seal store and clean everything. I have zero problem this way.If they have no means of attraction, then no mice. I had a cupboard that i would store sealed grains.I also had flour stored only in plastic bags, then one day,Mouse turds. I was pissed it chewed through the flour bag and ate some oat flour i was using for spent grain bread. Well my fault for not storing it in the storage totes along with my grains.Lesson learned stored flour with the grains to plus i got some traps got rid of it.Mouse turds were an insult.Wrong place at the wrong time,Mouse!


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Old 06-03-2011, 02:45 AM   #3
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Get a cat...

...and grow a pair of balls, dude!

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i don't think it's the smell of brewing as much as the smell of the grain, etc.
And maybe a warm room, places to hide, and a whole lot less digging to do.

Triple bagging grain (maybe in a metal trashcan) might help.... maybe even if they smell it, dey cant chew to it.

clean, clean, and clean ....... not sure what else works beyond traps.
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You can buy (imitation?) fox piss extract. It smells gawd-awful, but it frightens off rodents.
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I don't have a mouse problem...just the one but i'm totally freaked out to brew in the future with the garage door open in fear that another might be attracted to the smell of the grain mashing and come running on in like the last one did. I don't store any grains in the garage because I buy my recipes as I brew them so there is no worry of that.

So fox piss...say I get some of this and spread it at the bottom of the driveway before I begin a brew...this will keep them away? Or maybe i'm just paranoid and the chance of them actually come into the garage again are next to nothing.
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I have no idea if it works but I see fake owls sold in stores that are supposed to "scare away pests"...there are also sonic pest repellents that you plug in...

As for baiting up a bunch of traps and the mouse getting the bait...try using peanut butter and get it inside the bait holder part.

I do not suggest handling "fox urine" or any urine for that matter, leave that for BMC...
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There's probably more than one mouse now and those sunsabitches breed like crazy. Before you know it, there will be mulitple pairs of eyes staring at you from every angle.
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This is true. They're going to have you surrounded at some point. Can you feel everything closing in around you? I can feel it closing in around you.

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There's probably more than one mouse now and those sunsabitches breed like crazy. Before you know it, there will be mulitple pairs of eyes staring at you from every angle.


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