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Ferret
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Bloody Bow-Mice bunny-headbang

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Those are Bow Bug's, John,,,, AKA Carpet Beetle's and yes, they ruined two of my bow's a few years ago.  If you keep your bow's in the case, don't close the case, they don't like the light. My luthier told me that.

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Fiddlestix said

Those are Bow Bug's, John,,,, AKA Carpet Beetle's and yes, they ruined two of my bow's a few years ago.  If you keep your bow's in the case, don't close the case, they don't like the light. My luthier told me that.

 

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Hi Fiddlestix

I know about the bow bugs (dermestid beetle). No..... this is definitely 'bow-nice'.

We have a problem here every 'wet season'. If they can't find 'real' food, they will eat anything.

The bow was stored in the open in full light. Bow bugs really hate that as you said smile

 I've caught the little *******s. I didn't 'squish' them. I relocated them far away.smile

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Ahhhhhhhhhh... now I remember watching a TV program one time that mice run rampid at a certain time of the year and invade home's, barn's crop's or any place they can find something to eat. Pesky lil bugger's they are.

  

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this might sound more than a bit crazy, but do you know anyone with rats?
rats naturally predate on mice in the wild, as part of a varied diet including grains, seeds, fruits, insects, and other small mammals. and when laboratories want to test the effects of stress on mice, they induce the stress by introducing the scent of rats.

 

if you know anyone with rats, and can find an out of the way spot near where you think the mice are coming in, if you scrounge a little of their used litter/droppings, and put it near there, they will probably stay away.
if you don't know anyone with rats, I'm sure a pet shop would oblige. you wouldn't need a lot, and not enough for you to notice a smell, especially as it would probably be down at ground level.

when we moved into our house, there were mice, but they don't come around here now we're here, with our six ratties. they smell the rats and keep out.

 

so it's worth a try.

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Fiddlestix said
Ahhhhhhhhhh... now I remember watching a TV program one time that mice run rampid at a certain time of the year and invade home's, barn's crop's or any place they can find something to eat. Pesky lil bugger's they are.

  

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That they are

One thing that I'm thankful for is that he picked that bow and not the one beside it. That would have been my FM CF bow.... Noooooooooooo rofl

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I can see that that might work. You would think that my ferrets would deter them but it seems not. My big male 'Billy' jumps on anything that moves. Haven't got a cockroach in the house. laugh

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Rattus Norvegicus
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yeah, you would think that, wouldn't you.
maybe their origins aren't geographically close enough for it to be such a deep set instinct.

 

all I know is, we had mice, now we have no mice. they just don't hang around because they think they might get eaten.

even though Frankie, half rat, half brick, all wuss, would probably hide if he saw one

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UGH... rather the snake1 than the bow eating mice.. ugh..bummer John.

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Mice and Rats get stressed with high frequency noise and they don't like certain scents. Read this interesting blog on getting rid of them:
http://thehousingforum.com/how.....epel-mice/

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but the one who needs the least."

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see having listened in on my critters high frequency conversations using a bat detector, I don't know how accurate that idea is. they communicate in high frequency sounds. it would have to be very high to bother them.

 

and my rats love olbas oil, I'm sure that has peppermint, among other strong smells.

 

the predator smells are probably the best deterrents mentioned on there.

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