[Tweeters] advice on bird feeders/Deer Mice

Alan Roedell alanroedell at gmail.com
Tue Apr 18 14:04:55 PDT 2017


Hi Megan,

I placed an old window screen, about 3'x3', under the feeder. During the
day sparrows and flickers glean the spillage and at dusk I pick up the
screen and dump the remains in the yard waste container.. Not perfect, but
it makes a difference.
Alan Roedell, Seattle

On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM, Megan Lyden <meganlyden at msn.com> wrote:


> Hi Tweeters,

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> Any advice?

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> I took down my bird feeders; I saw a rat the other night, and set out a

> trap, but kept the feeders up. Much as I don't want rats….the next night

> I trapped a Deer Mouse, which carry Hanta Virus, so I took the feeders

> down. A guy in Issasqua died last year and a woman in Redmond was

> infected with the virus: https://publichealthinsider.

> com/2017/03/21/two-cases-of-hantavirus-reported-in-king-

> county-since-december-2016-be-aware-of-health-risks-

> associated-with-deer-mouse-infestations/. I saw one article which said

> around 14% of Deer Mice are carriers and another said around 40% are.

> Either way, I don't want to be paranoid, but I don't want a deer mouse

> infestation.

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> So………I'd eventually like to put my feeders back up but wonder if anyone

> has extra-large tray under their feeders. Has that prevented seed from

> scattering on the ground? I'd like to know before I buy one. Any other

> ideas would be appreciated as well,

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> Megan L

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> Bellevue, WA

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