My father used to use sulphur for the same purpose. I've no idea
how well it would work with mice and rats.
Long Island, NY
----- Original Message -----
From: Chuck Rothfuss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2000 7:48 PM
Subject: RE: The Rodent Report......
> Very interesting exchanges on this topic, so as a fella who had mice
> living in the headliner of his '72 Grand Prix I figured it was time to add
> my bit.
> This was a trick my Dad used to keep the rabbits out of the carrot
> Don't know how it'll work for mice/rats but it sure scared them rabbits
> away. He'd sprinkle dried blood around the perimeter of the garden every
> couple days. (since rain & dew would wash it away) I watched a couple
> rabbits approach the garden, sniff the air, and then run away like...well,
> like rabbits. Apparently the smell of what they must've thought was fresh
> death scared them.
> That kinda makes me wonder how mice and other rodents would react to
> natural smells. How about if you skipped the outdoor cat population and
> just put some smelly litter box samples from the inside cats around the
> barn. Would that make the rodents think there were cats living there, or
> would they just think you had a smelly barn?
> Chuck "3 big tom cats and an old momma cat to keep mice out of the house"
> Pole Cat Hollow, NC