We posted on our Facebook page:
Let this be a lesson if you’re a prepper, check your reserves often! These MREs were destroyed because they were not in rodent proof containers. The person who sent this photo to us said “2 cases of MREs (24 meals) gone because I hadn’t checked on them for 3 weeks. Fall is the time when rodents invade our homes to prepare for the winter months.” What do you think?
Some comments we received:
Comment #1: Get lots and locks of mouse traps and sealable plastic containers! Maybe even a pellet gun in the living room for the errant rodent!
Comment #2: One actually needs metal canisters with a compression clasp lid. Ammo boxes are a bit heavy, but secure, and inexpensive to aquire. Avaliable in almost any size or shape you need. Many of the Naval versions are water tight to 300 feet of water submertion. That’s the deal from a subby that knows how to do it right.
Comment #3: I have seen mice chew through plastic and metal cans to get to grain….one even learned to pop off a plastic lid on a small can! Gotta check often, no matter how you store!
Comment #4: I think it goes without saying that making sure your preps are PROPERLY stored in a safe location means safe from as many types of threats as possible. And considering the amounts of diseases as they carry, mice should be at the TOP of the list of things to guard against.
Comment #5: Carboard, paper, and plastic are NOT approved sustainable materials. (it is borderline criminal that anything intended to store is packed this way) You MUST use metal cans or glass for long term storage and future reuse of the packaging. If you have items like the MREs, try dumping them all into an old-school METAL trashcan with a tight metal lid. This does a great job of keeping mice out of animal feed in the barn and will protect your food too.