Poll

Bunking Up

Do uninvited guests bunk in your barn during the winter?
(Check all that apply)

Raccoons
11%
210
Stray cats
21%
413
Opossums
8%
156
Mice/rats
38%
751
Other
10%
202
I don't have any problems with uninvited guests.
13%
255

Total votes cast: 1987

Comments & Write-in Answers

Pigeons!

1/21/2008 6:38:52 PM

I had a racoon move in once, but my cat chased him off and he hasn't been back since!

1/21/2008 5:53:28 PM

hungry cats

1/21/2008 5:51:33 PM

Get a couple of big dogs.

1/21/2008 1:11:24 PM

I have only had one fox (sickly)euthanized and a black snake (one alive,one skin)in 9 years

1/20/2008 5:11:48 PM

I have a SKUNK

1/20/2008 5:08:45 PM

fox

1/20/2008 4:42:42 PM

i got a manx kitten - deadly

1/20/2008 4:19:42 PM

Our problem is deer hanging out in the barn and eating the hay.

1/20/2008 4:16:44 PM

A toad come each fall to reside in my horse stall .I take her out then by mid february back again

1/20/2008 3:02:30 PM

but the cats are very good at getting the mice

1/20/2008 2:22:35 PM

Tom Cat large traps with peanut butter, none of the natural traps and sound makers worked

1/20/2008 1:50:20 PM

lice

1/20/2008 1:07:18 PM

Skunks, too. Cage & release or discharge.

1/20/2008 8:25:50 AM

live trapping

1/19/2008 11:49:13 PM

I use to have mice until this summer when I got a couple of barn kitties!

1/19/2008 11:08:36 PM

dogs now sleep in the barn, along with a new barn cat

1/19/2008 7:13:44 PM

Our cat helps with the mice/rats and trying to trap and relocate a raccoon.

1/19/2008 7:01:34 PM

Since Skunks are the other- I leave them alone. They do steal the straw to line their nests- annoyin

1/19/2008 6:21:25 PM

rabbits

1/19/2008 6:13:48 PM

I hope my cats will at least control population; also considering a new Rat Zapper

1/19/2008 1:54:24 PM

All would be welcome ,all are creations of GOD

1/19/2008 10:53:42 AM

We have a bobcat that naps in our barn and keeps all the little critters away!

1/19/2008 10:53:17 AM

I've got a great and smart cat so they don't bunk very long

1/19/2008 1:11:38 AM

MOTHBALLS! Most mammals seem to hate them. They will keep cats out of gardens too.

1/19/2008 12:49:30 AM

To keep rodents away I adopted the stray cats ..got them fixed and a rabies shot..they eat the rats

1/18/2008 8:03:44 PM

our resident gopher snake hibernates in the barn flooring

1/18/2008 6:41:18 PM

Chickens!

1/18/2008 6:36:58 PM

trap/neuter/vaccinate/feed stray cats, they'll rid you of mice/rats

1/18/2008 5:46:01 PM

We've had a skunk try to den in a storage area behind a barn.

1/18/2008 5:06:05 PM

skunk!

1/18/2008 4:53:02 PM

I maintain a weed and grass barrier of 14 feet and cats on free choice feed and water

1/18/2008 4:22:21 PM

barn cats and birds of prey work wonders and beats poison

1/18/2008 2:05:04 PM

my jack russell terrier is vigilant!

1/18/2008 1:10:17 PM

birds, lots of birds

1/18/2008 1:01:21 PM

cats take care of them, so usually never see any

1/18/2008 12:37:56 PM

An "uninvited" cat has joined my current barn cat, which is fine. Cats = no other pests!

1/18/2008 11:49:54 AM

skunks hibernating under floor of old barn!

1/18/2008 11:16:46 AM

Used a live trap and relocated possum to natural preserve.

1/18/2008 10:19:10 AM

We had skunks try to move in...keeping the cat food on a high shelf seems to have solved the problem

1/18/2008 9:52:49 AM

Several Deer have been staying in an empty stall

1/18/2008 9:40:10 AM

peanut butter on traps

1/18/2008 9:37:13 AM

cats

1/18/2008 9:30:34 AM

Possums and stray cats visit but don't bunk. Big dogs help deter permanent residency.

1/18/2008 9:24:03 AM

I have jack Russells that love to help keep them ran out.

1/18/2008 9:16:12 AM

We have a cat that lives in the barn & takes care of the mice.

1/18/2008 7:32:19 AM

we employ our family cats, they do an excellent job!

1/18/2008 2:12:39 AM

dog had fight and killed one and the others left

1/18/2008 12:40:09 AM

I don't have a barn, but last year a rabbit moved into the hay shed.

1/18/2008 12:14:30 AM

All year round you'll see them coming for the cat food and such. Not a MAJOR problrm though.

1/17/2008 11:34:17 PM

D-con placed where domestic animals can't reach it.. Our cat's a good mouser, but she's outnumbered!

1/17/2008 11:22:44 PM

Love the cats, hate the rats. feed the cats, trap the rats

1/17/2008 10:22:38 PM

i have good barn cats

1/17/2008 9:39:18 PM

Little problems with mice but not bad do have cats

1/17/2008 9:32:53 PM

get yourself a couple female jack russell terrier. Mine kill a couple rats a week!

1/17/2008 8:56:57 PM

loud obnoxious music, lights on all night...our horses live outside.

1/17/2008 8:53:09 PM

Having 6 cats (all neutered) and a GSD sleep in the barn keep out all unwanted visitors.

1/17/2008 8:38:15 PM

Rabbit.

1/17/2008 8:19:26 PM

snake

1/17/2008 7:46:16 PM

But that's ok, we have a couple of really good mousers who also get fed, go to the vet and are loved

1/17/2008 7:19:44 PM

I use sticky pads and have a lazy barn cat

1/17/2008 7:14:28 PM

We don't evict barn cats. They keep the mice/rats away!!

1/17/2008 6:55:24 PM

We have several good ratters.

1/17/2008 6:51:22 PM

I don't want to evict a bunny rabbit that the dogs are occupied with trying to catch.

1/17/2008 6:51:00 PM

I board, and the barn owner has several rescued spayed/altered cats who do a great job as mousers.

1/17/2008 6:43:37 PM

dachshunds

1/17/2008 6:37:46 PM

NO CLUE!

1/17/2008 6:14:33 PM

electronic pest repeller

1/17/2008 6:08:15 PM

snakes like to curl up in the horse blankets. Surprise!!!!!!

1/17/2008 5:57:50 PM

keep the food source to a minimum

1/17/2008 5:57:18 PM

even our dogs won't keep the skunk away, Just have to go skunk huntin in the night,

1/17/2008 5:55:29 PM

If we have a hard winter I feed the foxes, and allow them in the hay mow.

1/17/2008 5:52:48 PM

mean people dump their unwanted cats and kittens in any barn they see!

1/17/2008 5:49:55 PM

We adopted 3 feral cats from a shelter

1/17/2008 5:44:39 PM

Evict ? . . .Why would I want to evict them ?!

1/17/2008 5:26:34 PM

cats foir the mice and a 22 for the coon and posssum

1/17/2008 5:24:42 PM

Rescue barn cats clean up rodents & chase off stray cats. Oppossum benign guest. Coons destructive

1/17/2008 5:20:43 PM

Birds also fly in at night and out in the morning

1/17/2008 5:15:42 PM

Biggest problem is packrats in our truck engine compartments

1/17/2008 5:09:38 PM

I don't evict them. They deserve to be warm on cold days.

1/17/2008 4:46:42 PM

I use vitamin-K antagonist poisons

1/17/2008 4:45:36 PM

rattlesnakes

1/17/2008 4:37:40 PM

Our Feline Security System has kept the rodentia at bay!

1/17/2008 4:24:05 PM

I have a couple of resident (well-fed) barn cats who keep inturding animals away.

1/17/2008 4:21:32 PM

Mink, no mice that winter

1/17/2008 3:54:34 PM

occasional skunk visit, and mice_in spite of cats!

1/17/2008 2:53:33 PM

mice- but the cat gets 'em

1/17/2008 2:41:55 PM

Stray cats are welcomes winter guests, comes summer the dogs tell them to leave or else!

1/17/2008 2:38:05 PM

I don't care about the first 3 but I don't want RATS ...I put out bait for them...

1/17/2008 2:15:59 PM

these cats come in my barn every night i even found a dead one

1/17/2008 1:57:41 PM

We live trap and remove unwanted animals. The cats keep the mice down.

1/17/2008 1:47:35 PM

I have a great barn cat and several ginny hens who love baby mice, no rats that I can tell as yet.

1/17/2008 1:17:40 PM

Sometimes you just have to live with some, for others a hungry cat is an excellent deterent

1/17/2008 1:14:16 PM

we have 5 barn cats and a son with a pellet gun, that seens to keep the problem in check ;)

1/17/2008 12:08:53 PM

I have 6 spayed and nuetered barn cats who keep univited guests away

1/17/2008 11:25:29 AM

How can I get rid of Sparrows? Is there a poison available? The pellet gun makes the horses nervous.

1/17/2008 11:07:57 AM

We have a fully enclosed barn where we keep feed and set live traps, so no problems.

1/17/2008 9:19:12 AM

Tomcat brand bait stations work well for mice. My dogs allert me to raccoons and opossums.

1/17/2008 9:00:36 AM

Feed cats free choice twice daily removing uneaten food after each meal. Varmits love cat food!

1/17/2008 8:12:17 AM

voles and the occasional moose

1/17/2008 4:28:10 AM

Barn cats are the best!

1/17/2008 1:34:07 AM

We're in the country - deer, elk, moose - everything comes to our shed!

1/17/2008 12:38:20 AM

It's useless to fight it, but I do have my 22 for the groundhogs and raccoons

1/16/2008 11:22:15 PM

bats

1/16/2008 10:54:29 PM

tonnes of mice in barn, bunnies in hay shed

1/16/2008 10:49:02 PM

I feed them well though with "Bar Bait". They love it & are dead in 3 days!

1/16/2008 9:14:11 PM

Keep grain in tight lid containers.

1/16/2008 8:55:11 PM

I have two cats assassin # 1 and assassin # 2. They eat what they kill!

1/16/2008 8:54:30 PM

Get good cats

1/16/2008 7:59:25 PM

rabbits,skunks,a fox passes thru

1/16/2008 7:47:45 PM

I have a lot of (spayed and neutered) cats

1/16/2008 7:38:29 PM

Mice, rabbits and birds.

1/16/2008 7:11:10 PM

Keep feed in rodent-proof containers

1/16/2008 7:04:16 PM

birds- I hate them - noisy and dirty

1/16/2008 6:46:10 PM

Who says they're uninvited?!

1/16/2008 6:15:34 PM

Lots of chickadees

1/16/2008 6:05:26 PM

Opossums seem to be calm creatures, sneeking up on them with the nearest handy tool isn't a problem.

1/16/2008 5:53:34 PM

I don't understand how there can be both, but there is!

1/16/2008 5:47:22 PM

the cat is not unwelcome, and will become part of our family as soon as I can tame her.

1/16/2008 5:41:58 PM

Squirrels, bats, and snakes

1/16/2008 5:31:06 PM

last barn overrun w trainers dogs, raccoons, cats and mice. Poor horses.

1/16/2008 5:19:24 PM

I have birds in my run in shed along with mice and rats that live under the hay pallets.

1/16/2008 4:51:23 PM

birds are a messy problem!

1/16/2008 4:49:09 PM

Once in a while a raccoon

1/16/2008 4:20:28 PM

Birds are biggest problem

1/16/2008 4:09:38 PM

My barn kitties take care of any unwanted guests.

1/16/2008 4:07:11 PM

my feral cat guest is great-why would I want to get rid of him?? He keeps everything else out!

1/16/2008 4:01:52 PM

my 3 german shepherd love to bunk up with the horses too. That is pretty effective!

1/16/2008 3:31:46 PM

chimpmunks... turkeys...

1/16/2008 2:40:07 PM

Keep food storage area clean, lids on grain.

1/16/2008 2:17:30 PM

I have problems with birds in the barn year round.

1/16/2008 2:13:04 PM

Bounce sheets around the grain area discourage mice from coming in

1/16/2008 1:49:39 PM

I like the racoons, the do not carry rabies in our state! Cats keep mice away

1/16/2008 1:46:06 PM

Employ the use of a trained hunting Jack Russell Terrier on several occasions.

1/16/2008 1:45:32 PM

I use a good mousetrap, plus two dogs to keep mice out of my barn, but it's a constant battle.

1/16/2008 1:41:45 PM

Cats come and invade my tame fixed cats but not more trouble with rodents so I welcome them.

1/16/2008 1:29:50 PM

I use an electronic repellant and a darn good cat

1/16/2008 1:24:24 PM

They are very fat and healthy on my hay!

1/16/2008 1:22:45 PM

The Barn is kept very clean, particular attention to the feed room being cleaned every evening

1/16/2008 12:48:19 PM

Rats always come when it starts getting cold.

1/16/2008 12:42:41 PM

I have a cat to help with rodents but he doesn't seem to be able to keep them out of the feed areas

1/16/2008 12:41:56 PM

red pepper around barn

1/16/2008 12:36:32 PM

Our barn cats keep the uninvited out!

1/16/2008 12:32:07 PM

mice/rats - cats; opossums - dog

1/16/2008 12:31:16 PM

had sick coyote in there once

1/16/2008 12:14:46 PM

WE have a jack russell who

1/16/2008 12:08:09 PM

Birds

1/16/2008 12:06:27 PM

Had a skunk last yr. Previously raccoons. Kept feed secure & ignored them.

1/16/2008 11:48:12 AM

We have 7 barn cats that take care of the small rodents and two dogs for the larger ones.

1/16/2008 11:46:57 AM

nasty little rodents!

1/16/2008 11:45:29 AM

3 rows of hay stacks allow dogs space to deter critters from staying long.

1/16/2008 11:45:15 AM

I have a German Shepherd and Lab that go to the barn with me so they keep critters run off!

1/16/2008 11:36:39 AM

We feed the cats & hope they rid us of mice.

1/16/2008 11:29:23 AM

A really good barn cat!

1/16/2008 11:28:03 AM

We have large barn cats and Carin Terriers that guard our barn of the varmits

1/16/2008 11:26:31 AM

We feed them and have then neutered and spayed. They're all welcome!!

1/16/2008 11:23:32 AM

wild bunny, and a deer has come in to the front part of the run in shed

1/16/2008 11:11:31 AM

We set live traps for Raccoons and Opossums

1/16/2008 11:04:20 AM

owls like my barn too

1/16/2008 11:01:11 AM

I used to have all the above, now I have 2 well fed barn cats & shut the doors at night.

1/16/2008 10:53:52 AM

wish i had some ideas... at least most get neutered/spayed but some can't be trapped and breed

1/16/2008 10:44:44 AM

Professional Barn Cat

1/16/2008 10:34:53 AM

And not just in the winter! The mice are everywhere & the cats can't do anything about it

1/16/2008 10:28:43 AM

You can live trap opossums using chicken flavored wet cat/dog food as bait

1/16/2008 10:25:12 AM

Our barn is very easily accessed and we have all kinds of visitors during the winter

1/16/2008 10:22:22 AM

We have flickers and sparrows roosting in the rafters of the horse sheds.

1/16/2008 10:17:21 AM

keep all food for barn animals in old freezers. Keeps critters out and food fresh!

1/16/2008 10:15:43 AM

Traps for the few mice; our dogs keep away any larger pests.

1/16/2008 10:12:27 AM

Besides the feral cats, we get birds, and the neighbors dogs!

1/16/2008 10:09:22 AM

i do not have a barn

1/16/2008 10:05:56 AM

birds

1/16/2008 10:01:38 AM

The barn cats, once strays, now welcome residents, keep down the mouse population.

1/16/2008 9:59:48 AM

W use a live trap to catch the occasional skunk, coon and opossum.

1/16/2008 9:58:42 AM

Barn cats and farm dog

1/16/2008 9:51:14 AM

no wild animals - only 1 way in/out of barn for cats & cats control mice

1/16/2008 9:48:31 AM

cats & dogs

1/16/2008 9:47:30 AM

I get a stray cat or two coming in for food - but no critters

1/16/2008 9:38:19 AM

I wouldn't mind a cat taking up residence

1/16/2008 9:36:37 AM

No problem, 2 cats in barn

1/16/2008 9:28:22 AM

Use "live" traps for raccoons. Barn cats learn to avoid them after the first capture!

1/16/2008 9:26:48 AM

Cats

1/16/2008 9:11:06 AM

Squirrels-I'd rather mice. They are very distructive.

1/16/2008 9:10:36 AM

For the most part, but I have a very active and agile mouser so they don't stay to long!

1/16/2008 9:08:06 AM

We keep a set number of cats to keep down vermin. All possums are killed ASAP

1/16/2008 9:04:39 AM

My 2 barn cats take care of the problem. I supplement their food, but they are still happy to help.

1/16/2008 8:49:37 AM

Invite your woodsy trapper friends to come for a "Hay-Day"

1/16/2008 8:46:16 AM

The dogs keep the varmits at bay and the cats are great mousers/ratters...No problems.

1/16/2008 8:45:00 AM

I have barn cats

1/16/2008 8:37:50 AM

what uninvited guests I do have (mostly field mice) my cat & Jack Russell tend after

1/16/2008 8:28:16 AM

Get a Jack Russl the are the best mousers!

1/16/2008 8:25:17 AM

short and sweet- A REALLY MEAN #*## CAT!

1/16/2008 8:24:43 AM

When 1 girl left & took all her tack, the mice popula. dwindled drastically. Keep everything clean!

1/16/2008 8:09:06 AM

What barn would be complete without a few mice?

1/16/2008 8:08:45 AM

I have 4 barn cats that are great micers

1/16/2008 8:01:14 AM

just got cat to get rid of rats

1/16/2008 7:55:07 AM

Common English sparrows year round.

1/16/2008 7:55:01 AM

neighbors cats

1/16/2008 7:54:44 AM

got a jack russel for the ground and a cat for the roof! Don't use decon the rats willdie in water b

1/16/2008 7:54:00 AM

Love the stray cats who got rid of the mice! (: The kittys come & go.

1/16/2008 7:50:27 AM

not since we have 5 cats in the barn

1/16/2008 7:48:40 AM

I use plug in sonic rodent/insect devices. They really work!

1/16/2008 7:45:35 AM

We have two skunks that live under our hay. They come out at early evening and eat with our cats.

1/16/2008 7:35:52 AM

coyotes, rabbits, deer (!), and muskrats too - good barn cats and a good dog run them off

1/16/2008 7:35:20 AM

I keep cats, fed and watered, in myy feed shed/barn area and have NO unwanted guests.Dogs take care

1/16/2008 7:31:56 AM

LOTS OF CHIPMUNKS

1/16/2008 7:28:22 AM

traps, not poison

1/16/2008 7:27:51 AM

If they show up they don't stay long - the cats police the barn.

1/16/2008 7:25:05 AM

A fox took up residence in an empty stall one winter. He would leap over the Dutch door in the AM.

1/16/2008 7:24:06 AM

havahart traps (small and large) work most safely

1/16/2008 6:04:19 AM

Juvenile rat snakes - not a bad thing

1/16/2008 5:37:30 AM

my 2 jack russel terriers take care of most of my mice/rats. One sniff of vermon and the are persis

1/16/2008 3:41:37 AM

I have Buddy an awesome orange barn cat, he keeps the barn and the surrounding areas clean.

1/16/2008 3:26:11 AM

don't know what but it's big & smart, I find tunnels

1/16/2008 1:42:53 AM

Open-wall pipe rail barns pretty much eliminate the problem for us

1/16/2008 12:22:24 AM

birds

1/16/2008 12:20:50 AM

bait bar

1/16/2008 12:12:17 AM

My barn cat keeps them away

1/16/2008 12:11:24 AM

two cats keep the varmits away

1/16/2008 12:02:29 AM

keep all doors shut at night

1/15/2008 11:46:47 PM

I welcome the cats, better than having mice.

1/15/2008 11:45:24 PM

My couple of 7 foot black rat snakes keep things in balance....

1/15/2008 11:44:24 PM

We have great feline mousers!

1/15/2008 11:39:03 PM

I have two barn cats to keep the mice out of the hay and keep the grain in plastic garbage cans.

1/15/2008 11:30:54 PM

live trap and relocate

1/15/2008 11:24:10 PM

11 barn cats,an occasional stray,no mice/rats

1/15/2008 11:02:10 PM

Cats! I'd rather feed 10 cats than a single rat!

1/15/2008 10:52:03 PM

I have dogs and cats, so other guests don't come.

1/15/2008 10:46:47 PM

We use spayed female cats as mousers.

1/15/2008 10:45:55 PM

i shoot them...

1/15/2008 10:45:43 PM

We get shrews sometimes

1/15/2008 10:29:40 PM

skunks, too

1/15/2008 10:22:38 PM

The Blue Cookie

1/15/2008 10:11:54 PM

I have a bird problem...Brown house sparrows...they are like flying rats!

1/15/2008 9:50:46 PM

barn cat (donot feed the cat )

1/15/2008 9:47:54 PM

They are strays in need of a home, and they get along with the horses very well.

1/15/2008 9:30:05 PM

I board and the barn cats live and eat in the barn.

1/15/2008 9:16:26 PM

We have cats...cats eat mice...so we have no mice

1/15/2008 9:15:29 PM

I have several i

1/15/2008 9:12:52 PM

Keep doors shut at night; horses stomp varmits; cats get rodents

1/15/2008 9:12:20 PM

We keep feed in barrels and have barn cats to keep the hay in the loft intruder free.

1/15/2008 9:11:27 PM

pigeons(cute, but messy)

1/15/2008 9:03:52 PM

I have a freeloading cat who's NOT a MOUSER! Lives right along side the mice!

1/15/2008 9:01:37 PM

I have a small colony of fixed/vaccinated feral cats that keep everything else out.

1/15/2008 8:54:17 PM

I trap the cats and take them to the humane society.

1/15/2008 8:53:00 PM

I have 3 barn catws and they keep varmints out!

1/15/2008 8:50:24 PM

D-Con

1/15/2008 8:49:41 PM

sometimes skunks, but no mice or squirrels because of barn cats

1/15/2008 8:41:30 PM

mouse traps around area where feed is stored

1/15/2008 8:40:55 PM

Mostly they stop by to munch on cat food and then move on. Those who stay are removed!!

1/15/2008 8:39:42 PM

naw, they need to get out of the weather too. They hurt nothing.

1/15/2008 8:38:09 PM

The "other" part of this is Rat Snakes. They help with the mice and rat problems.

1/15/2008 8:35:32 PM

I have 12 cats in my barn, no room for unwanted guests!

1/15/2008 8:28:03 PM

I have 2 barn cats that take care of the small rodents

1/15/2008 8:25:28 PM

I NEED A CAT

1/15/2008 8:20:08 PM

Keep the stray cats...but spay/neuter them

1/15/2008 8:19:52 PM

a new boarder adopted a cat for us had it shots done and fixed and our mouse population is now half

1/15/2008 8:19:25 PM

we have a barn cat but he can only do so much but he eats all he catches both birds and mice

1/15/2008 8:09:02 PM

Birds. They poop all over!!!!

1/15/2008 8:07:04 PM

A large male coyote uses the leantos at night! no mice/rats due to extra cats!

1/15/2008 8:06:34 PM

You have to keep bait or glue boards in place to prevent the pest.

1/15/2008 8:05:06 PM

These are year-round for me.

1/15/2008 7:54:54 PM

Get a Jack Russell Terrier to prevent these guests from populating

1/15/2008 7:52:23 PM

Bounce dryer sheets! Put them between blankets, saddles,anything! Mice hate 'em!!!

1/15/2008 7:51:11 PM

But not for long if I can help it!

1/15/2008 7:45:42 PM

nuinvited guests bunk in my feed shed all year round not just in winter.

1/15/2008 7:37:12 PM

I have too many cats

1/15/2008 7:35:40 PM

I have 2 barn cats that do a good job of keeping pests away.

1/15/2008 7:33:46 PM

my dog keeps away all who aren't to be there

1/15/2008 7:32:28 PM

Part of family now; cozy beds; warm milk; wet and dry food; no signs of mice

1/15/2008 7:32:09 PM

Plus voles are seen at the barn where I board summer and winter. Perhaps not setting feed out would

1/15/2008 7:30:29 PM

we have 2 cats and no mice or other guests

1/15/2008 7:29:52 PM

Own four outdoor cats that are worth their weight in gold - no rodents!

1/15/2008 7:18:12 PM

Keep bags and boxesof brushes and bell bootsa

1/15/2008 7:17:39 PM

pigeons

1/15/2008 7:17:19 PM

Cats

1/15/2008 7:15:21 PM

A good shotgun.

1/15/2008 7:14:00 PM

Just comes every 2 weeks to "mark" my barn as his territory!

1/15/2008 7:13:07 PM

The occasional chicken, chipmunks pass through now and then. It's a large three-sided barn.

1/15/2008 7:09:01 PM

We just all try to get along

1/15/2008 7:07:37 PM

I have barn cats that keep the mice down.

1/15/2008 7:07:25 PM

The barn cats have it all under control!

1/15/2008 7:05:16 PM

Cats and 'One bite' poison hidden from other animals.

1/15/2008 7:01:09 PM

a good barn cat is worth is keep

1/15/2008 6:55:12 PM

My dogs run off most of them but thats only temperaryfor some of the invaders.

1/15/2008 6:41:13 PM

We put out D-con as soon as we notice the tunnels being made---that takes care of the problem.

1/15/2008 6:41:01 PM

No mice/rats/snakes - have cats

1/15/2008 6:39:27 PM

cats &/or a good rat bait

1/15/2008 6:38:27 PM

Really mean stray kitty upsets barn kitty so we chase him out regularly to visit elsewhere!

1/15/2008 6:36:27 PM

Please Spay & Neuter

1/15/2008 6:34:22 PM

We have two house cats that act as guard dogs against any type of vermin. Others don't move in.

1/15/2008 6:34:17 PM

Today it was foxes that jumped out at me...LOL

1/15/2008 6:33:30 PM

I trap the coons and dispose of them and fix the stray cats if they stay healthy .. cats keep mice i

1/15/2008 6:33:05 PM

My own cats and Jack Russell Terrier kill any rats or mice stupid enough to try to take up residence

1/15/2008 6:31:41 PM

I have more problems with coons in the summer when my barn is left open at night.

1/15/2008 6:31:37 PM

Mice, but I got all the buggers! 2 new traps. We put out dog food to keep the raccoons occupied.

1/15/2008 6:30:03 PM

Despite the cat and mouse traps, I know there are mice, no rats. Can't get into the metal cans.

1/15/2008 6:25:47 PM

Rabbits

1/15/2008 6:25:43 PM

take the momma home and get her spade!

1/15/2008 6:24:14 PM

Rats like crazy, sometimes squirrels, and a few cats.

1/15/2008 6:20:45 PM

this isn't an idea but once we had a sweet little stray pony/mini! & we called her Midnight Mystery!

1/15/2008 6:18:05 PM

we live in SW Louisiana so we have snakes a long with many other crawling ucky things

1/15/2008 6:15:32 PM

I set mousetraps baited with peanut butter where my horses can't reach them!

1/15/2008 6:11:48 PM

Rabbits love to move in and eat Alfalfa

1/15/2008 6:11:15 PM

people dump cats here: I trap, spay/neuter, vaccinate, release!

1/15/2008 6:10:26 PM

I have 2 great barn cats that keep EVERYTHING else out!! So far. :)

1/15/2008 6:08:58 PM

Desert Pack rats, cute but sooooooo destructive!

1/15/2008 6:08:42 PM

store food properly and make barn less friendly = no pests and no poison

1/15/2008 6:05:38 PM

My super-cat fends of all would-be encroachers!

1/15/2008 6:03:42 PM

barn cats keep unwanted critters away

1/15/2008 6:03:41 PM

We close our barn up at night and use Bird-X to keep rodents and birds out

1/15/2008 6:00:03 PM

no idea what to do!

1/15/2008 5:53:55 PM

my mighty barn cat takes care of all intruders.

1/15/2008 5:51:06 PM

shrews

1/15/2008 5:50:01 PM

Have had a few mice, a cat or 2, but it's a run-in, so they don't hang around long. Also birds

1/15/2008 5:49:31 PM

A nice cat took up residence.He is welcome as long as his relatives don1t move in with him!!!

1/15/2008 5:49:14 PM

Barn Cats are our answer. Find a good Hunter!

1/15/2008 5:45:54 PM

I have cats to keep everything away

1/15/2008 5:44:40 PM

Keep barn doors closed day (horses outside) and night to keep out wild cats.

1/15/2008 5:43:07 PM

My 4 neutered barn cats keep the mice and rats to a minimum

1/15/2008 5:42:21 PM

Barn cats!

1/15/2008 5:39:31 PM

Harry the cat

1/15/2008 5:38:56 PM

I use a water pistol to encourage wandering cats to look for a "friendlier" place to set up camp. I

1/15/2008 5:37:11 PM

I just have 3 cats, not nearly enough, but mouse poison would make me feel bad,cause of how it kills

1/15/2008 5:34:47 PM

I put rat poison behind the kickboards in my arena to get the mice/rats. I find the dead remains!

1/15/2008 5:33:12 PM

My resident barn cats and dogs keep unwanted guests under pretty good control!

1/15/2008 5:32:57 PM

Bait stations & live traps help keep visitors under control

1/15/2008 5:30:08 PM

poison pellets

1/15/2008 5:29:13 PM

Cleanliness is extremely important to keep critters away

1/15/2008 5:28:24 PM

We bait the rodents and live trap any others and release them at the park a few miles down the road

1/15/2008 5:24:19 PM

The mice and chipmunks also bunk the the walls of our house - a log cabin built in 1833!

1/15/2008 5:22:28 PM

I have a great barn cat!

1/15/2008 5:21:54 PM

Got some cats and they have taken care of running the rodents off. Good kittes!!

1/15/2008 5:21:11 PM

CHICKEN WIRE

1/15/2008 5:19:30 PM

dog does a great job keeping them away. I once found a fox in the hay . Toads in the summer!

1/15/2008 5:18:07 PM

lock up feed cans with metal chains that those sneeky coons can't get into

1/15/2008 5:14:49 PM

mice present year-round, despite barn cats

1/15/2008 5:13:51 PM

the dogs and cats really keep the barn empty. and keeping things clean

1/15/2008 5:13:44 PM

tomcat locking rat bait stations are the best I have found yet for rats

1/15/2008 5:11:24 PM

cats keep mice under control, husband keeps raccons, opossums and skunks under control

1/15/2008 5:10:49 PM

I try to keep barn as clean as possible, feed is in airtight containers, helps some

1/15/2008 5:08:25 PM

people dump them when its cold they retreat to barn with the Barn cat.

1/15/2008 5:07:45 PM

No rats so far, but mice, opossums, and cats

1/15/2008 5:04:47 PM

Leaving the radio on seems to help with the raccoons.

1/15/2008 5:04:06 PM

barn cats take care of all winter pests

1/15/2008 5:03:54 PM

use of rat bait under the floor boards

1/15/2008 5:01:22 PM

The Vizsla's keep them away.

1/15/2008 5:00:41 PM

Sam, the mighty huntress

1/15/2008 4:57:04 PM

Raccoons have found the pail of dogfood and pried the lid off!

1/15/2008 4:55:35 PM

I don't have a problem because I don't feed grain hay and any grain or supplimental pellets are in s

1/15/2008 4:55:32 PM

I think that we have now eliminated the cats but of course that increases the mice! arrrrgh

1/15/2008 4:55:02 PM

Havoc works well to get rid of the varmits

1/15/2008 4:47:13 PM

also skunks!

1/15/2008 4:40:22 PM