First visitor in the new hangar

Will Kumley

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Signed paperwork yesterday on a county hangar lease and decided to take another look at it today before I get our plane this weekend. Turns out, something else wanted to see just how roomy it is. Guess I should get some rodent traps when I pick up a lock for the hangar.
 

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Probably an omen. Maybe you should have bought a Beech Mouseketeer instead of the Colt...
;)
 
As a preventative I have a little mouse/rat poison tucked away in the hangar. It’s such that there’s no danger to the casual airport canine.

I have never seen much sign of anything eating any.
 
T-rex traps work well and are easy to set, empty, and clean.

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They are also "faster" than a traditional wood rat trap but the downside is they don't hit as hard so the kill is not quick & the rodent tends to drag the trap some distance before dying.

Best approach is to seal the building to prevent them from entering. With hangars that can be difficult to do ...
 
Cats with lazers

Good cats can hunt and will teach their offspring how to hunt. Some cats can be lazy (I have a spoiled Maine-Coon I can present as evidence - :)).

A real pilot will take a night or two to sit in the hangar with a pellet rifle and some night vision goggles ... :D
 
Someone on another board had a pan with overflow TKS fluid. The next day there were about 6 dead mice.
 
A fat gerbil!
Thats my thought as well. Didn't really look like a mouse or rat when I was in the hangar with it but I imagine if it decides to camp out in the plane things won't go well. I actually thought it was a pet gerbil that my daughter would love. The wife- not so much. :)
 
Decon!
I keep it in the corners of my hangar in plastic boxes to keep my dog away from it.
Also make sure I empty the garbage can every day and don’t leave dog or people food out. Everything is kept in the refrigerator.
This has been there since 2019 and luckily it has not been touched yet.

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It looks like a musk rat to me. A pretty useful rodent, but still shouldn’t be in your building.
 
I wouldn't worry until the rat leaves the ship, er, hangar...
 
I think you’re looking at this all wrong… seems to me you’re HIS first visitor. Just sayin…
True, but still unfortunate. Don’t those guys eat wire insulation? I never had one of those things in my hangar. But I did have several birds and their offspring take up residence on the support beams above my plane, and they were NOT potty trained. What a mess they created. The hangar was older than I was and could not be sealed. I finally had to cover the plane with tarps.
 
True, but still unfortunate. Don’t those guys eat wire insulation? I never had one of those things in my hangar. But I did have several birds and their offspring take up residence on the support beams above my plane, and they were NOT potty trained. What a mess they created. The hangar was older than I was and could not be sealed. I finally had to cover the plane with tarps.
Poison/Traps has already been placed in the hangar. We are driving up to get the plane tomorrow and we will be keeping an eye out for more of these little guys as we visit the hangar regularly once the plane is there.
 
Poison/Traps has already been placed in the hangar. We are driving up to get the plane tomorrow and we will be keeping an eye out for more of these little guys as we visit the hangar regularly once the plane is there.

FWIW, I would put the traps inside and the bait outside in proper rodent bait stations that are lockable and anchored to the ground.
 
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