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Does pure capsaicin reject mice and rats? / Boing Boing

Shawn Woods has tried various home remedies to inhibit rodents. For a while, he grew a few hot peppers with a scoville rating of 2 million (a scoville is the smallest detectable amount of capsaicin, the things that make paprika hot). He mixed his paprika with grain to see if it would dislodge rats and mice, but it did not stop them. This time, Woods bought some pure kapsaicin crystals (16 million scovilles) to see if it would act as a rat inhibitor. First, he tested some of the crystals on the tongue, and it did not have much effect. Then he tried a small amount of powder dissolved in vodka and it hit him hard. Then, he lowered sunflower seeds in a very strong vodka / capsule mix to see if rodents would eat them. He put a pile of them next to untreated seeds as well as seeds soaked in pure vodka. They favored the vodka bleed seeds and then finished the untreated seeds. They do not eat those soaked in the capsaicin / vodka mixture. <! &#821 1; mark frauenfelder Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the chief editor of MAKE. He is Research Director at <a href = "Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print across the world in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award and Silver Falchion…

Shawn Woods has tried various home remedies to inhibit rodents. For a while, he grew a few hot peppers with a scoville rating of 2 million (a scoville is the smallest detectable amount of capsaicin, the things that make paprika hot). He mixed his paprika with grain to see if it would dislodge rats and mice, but it did not stop them.

This time, Woods bought some pure kapsaicin crystals (16 million scovilles) to see if it would act as a rat inhibitor. First, he tested some of the crystals on the tongue, and it did not have much effect. Then he tried a small amount of powder dissolved in vodka and it hit him hard.

Then, he lowered sunflower seeds in a very strong vodka / capsule mix to see if rodents would eat them. He put a pile of them next to untreated seeds as well as seeds soaked in pure vodka. They favored the vodka bleed seeds and then finished the untreated seeds. They do not eat those soaked in the capsaicin / vodka mixture.

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Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the chief editor of MAKE. He is Research Director at <a href = “Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print across the world in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award and Silver Falchion Award, and won the SFX Readers Choice Award, the Golden Duck Award, the Scribe Award and the New York Times Notable Book. In 2012 at San Diego Comic Con, he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is Research Director at Institute for the Future and editor of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder .

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