As a person who has been preparedness-minded, you have done an excellent job of acquiring a food storage beyond that of the average American – who is woefully low in this category. But that’s not the end of it – you’re not done yet…
There are several precautions that you must take in order to be assured that your extra food will stand the test of time. Not only should you be concerned about the storage environment (temperature, etc..), but also be very aware of your food storage containment, and the container it’s kept in.
Rodents (mice) have a way of finding food – and there are precautions that you can take to prevent rodents from destroying your valuable food storage…
Many of you store some dry goods including grains, rice, flour, beans, perhaps various processed goods in their own containment, etc..
It is VERY IMPORTANT to not overlook the very real likelihood that sneaky little rodents (mice) will find your food and will do whatever they can in order to separate you from your food storage.
Here’s the key: If they can smell it, they will try to get it.
One reader of Modern Survival Blog emailed me not too long ago and told me the story of his multi-hundred dollar mistake. He had acquired a lot of freeze-dried food contained within those foil packets – and he had kept them stored in a cardboard box. The mice discovered it, and most of it became a total loss. He mentioned how a simple steel garbage can with a tight fitting lid could have prevented his loss.
Recently here at the Modern Survival Blog homestead we had an issue with a few mice that had somehow entered the house (still not sure how) and they had discovered some of our processed foods which were only stored in their pressed-cardboard boxes. They chewed their way in and ate some, while leaving their excrement behind. We didn’t lose much since we had caught the problem in time – and much of our extra food is stored in plastic bins.
By the way, I’ve got to tell you of the best mouse trap (reusable) that I’ve discovered – and they work exceedingly well. So easy and simple to operate (and dispose of the dispatched rodent). Put a little peanut butter on it, and position it along a wall, and voila… I have several of these now, always set and ‘baiting’ any newcomers…
One thing we discovered is how absolutely seemingly acrobatic these little mice are. The can climb and are opportunists. Fortunately they often leave a trail of ‘turd’ clues – so you know where they’ve been…
Obviously, ‘most’ rodents won’t be able to chew threw your 5 or 6-gallon pails of dry goods (unless your dealing with some extraordinary beast of a rodent). I’ve never had a problem while storing foods within plastic storage bins either. Metal trash cans can’t be beat.
One thing to keep in mind is that you should not ever assume that the room or pantry or wherever your food is stored – is secured from rodents. These little buggers can squeeze through very tiny thin openings, and I swear they can ‘beam me up Scotty’ to anywhere they want… so you’re better off keeping mouse traps always baited. Check them once in awhile and check your storage once in awhile for signs.
What are your ideas (or horror stories) regarding rodent control for your food storage?
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