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1283 Views 5 Replies Last post: Mar 8, 2013 8:54 PM by Remo RSS
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Mar 4, 2013 10:36 AM

Who is this visitor to my narrowboat ?

On returning to my narrowboat after a few weeks break I found small black (6-8mm) round ended droppings near to and inside my log box which is situated inside the boat, newspaper had been shredded but strangest of all the wooden balls to a solitaire game have disappeared. One window is left open during winter to keep the boat aired, there is a mooring rope from the ground to the top of the boat situated next to the window. The boat is moored on a canal in Shropshire on farmland, there are burrows on the canalbank side ,underneath a paving slab. Is it possible to identify this visitor to my boat ?

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    Mar 8, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to dlaf)
    Re: Who is this visitor to my narrowboat ?

    It sounds like it could possibly be a rat to me. What shape are the droppings?

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        Mar 8, 2013 1:15 PM (in response to dlaf)
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        Are they like either of the below? To the right are mouse droppings, and to the left are rat droppings. They may be around 1/2" long, with rounded ends. If they are mouse droppings they will be much smaller, about the size of a grain of rice but slightly more chunky.

         

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            Mar 8, 2013 8:54 PM (in response to dlaf)
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            I work in pest control and you can always tell what type of mouse is in a house by what you find around the mices nests. House mice don't tend to collect things, wheras field mice do. You find all sorts of odd articles in their nests and on their food sources (or my bait trays). The articles include wood chips, wood shavings, twigs, ring pulls, bits of plastic etc. I think there placed there as territorial markers to other field mice. I would expect it would include wood marbles. Also they chew items to keep their growing from the base teeth short.

             

            It sounds odd but it could be a case of nautical field mice? Set some break back traps and you'll soon see what type of mouse it is. Peanut butter is the best bait.

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