2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Nontoxic Mix Repels Rodents
“I grew up going to craft shows with my parents, selling her potpourri,” recalls Tim Moen. “When she told me she had come up with a mouse repellent mix, I teased her that it wouldn’t work, but it did.”
Moen was a married schoolteacher with kids and had a lot of mice in his basement and garage at the time. “I started using her mouse-mix and the mice left overnight,” recalls Moen.
Over the next 20 years, his mother continued selling it at craft shows until she developed Alzheimer’s. Moen and his wife decided to invest in packaging and keep the Mouse-Mix going. He soon quit teaching and devoted himself full-time to making and marketing his mother’s recipe.
“There is no other product like it. It sells itself,” he says. “We do about 200 trade shows a year and have added employees and are getting into retail.”
In honor of his mother, Moen donates a percentage of profits to various Alzheimer related charities.
Moen’s Mouse-Mix (regular strength) is priced at $28.00 for a 1 lb., 8 oz. container. It will keep a basement, cabin or garage mouse-free for 4 mos. A Farm-Pack bucket (nearly a gallon) is priced at $68.00. It’s used to keep mice out of combines, tractors, grain bins, and other areas for up to 6 mos. A bag of the highest strength repellent mix, called Critter Crumbs, will protect up to 120 linear ft. of garden from moles, rabbits, and even deer. It’s priced at $42.
Moen recommends dividing the containers up into small zip-lock bags, filled about 3/4 full. Vent the bags by poking up to a dozen holes in one side of the bag with a sharp pencil prior to placement in corners and along walls, with the vent-holes facing up.
“Critter crumbs can also be used indoors,” says Moen. “It is more concentrated than the regular strength Mouse-Mix and highly effective.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Moen’s Mouse-Mix, P.O. Box 901, Hudson, Wis. 54016 (ph 952 210-8992; www.mousemix.us).
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