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 08-14-2007, 20:04 Post: 144686
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OK, 560 hours and no problems. Now I see a drip under the front of the tractor. A very slow drip that coats a 2'x2' square every 2-3 days. At first I think it must be hydraulic fluid - but it appears to be diesel. I see it dripping off the oil filter and trace it to the top of the engine behind the air filter and just under the fuel tank. I spot a nest up there and a small black hose that appears to be leaking. By the way I keep the JD4310 tractor garaged.






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My neighbor imported 4 cats about a year ago and my rodent problem has nearly disappeared.

Now I catch a mouse in the garage maybe every other month where I used to catch 4-5 a week.

The coyotes have killed two of the cats but the other two are keeping the problem in check. Unfortunately they have also reduced the cottontail and quail populations, but that is a small price to pay to keep the critters out of my engine compartments.






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Dear friends,

I blow out my tractor's radiator and air cleaner after every mowing. (I also hang up the mower deck and scrape out all of the grass buildup.)

The other day, after mowing, I went to clean out the air filter and found a dead mouse in the filter housing.

The likelihood that I'll change my routine is very small, but I might take the air cleaner out to inspect it BEFORE mowing from now on.

A diesel fuel leak isn't as dangerous as some might think. Diesel fuel is not explosive, like gasoline. It will burn, but only after coming in direct contact with a flame. If it drips on your exhaust manifold, it will only smoke like crazy. Even an electrical spark will not cause diesel fuel to ignite.

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I had a serious problem with rodents in the air cleaners.

It got so bad that on one trip away from home I noticed a real lack of performance on my Tundra. The air cleaner box was completely filled with nest material, feces and food.

My solution was to wrap the air cleaner inlet tube with hardware cloth. That solved the problem.






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I have some good cats that get mice all the time and are in and out of the garage through the "cat door". But I guess I will have to give them a salary increase. Maybe they are on a work "slowdown".






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Less cat food? Maybe they need to be a bit more hungry.






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A friend of mine told me last week about his rodent problemon with his tractor and the shop told him to spray the problem area of his tractor with diesel fuel and they will not eat on anything with diesel on it.

A couple of years ago had a real problem figuring out my planter's problem and it turned out to be mouse nest in a planter tube.

Have any of you had any success with these high frequency devices to keep pest away but does not botehr cats and dogs? I have been told mice are the reason for snakes around equipment and buildings. Best reason I know of to have zero tolerance of rodents. kt






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 08-15-2007, 16:27 Post: 144714
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KT,

I know, off subject, hope I dont get murffed. Smile Bird feeders attract rodents, birds, squirrels and other assorted cridders. But most of all they attract snakes. Chicken snakes, black snakes and the such. These are good snakes and will stop your rodent problems better than cats without the smell. On the other hand snakes take a nap in the winter. I have several snakes on my property and they have been there for a few years no rodents. Now poison snakes are another subject they have to go when ever found. Strolling around the yard after a few cool ones I may not be at the top of my game cant take that chance. SG.






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 John Deere JD4310 Mice ate fuel hose

Point of order, it was Retcol who said the off topic and obvious posts were detracting, not me.

In fact I'm probably the first to take a mental left-turn. That by the way is a 'Murfism'. I am accused of doing it all the time.

It works like this; You see someone pulling into the street up ahead and step on the brakes and you remember you have to check the brakes, this makes you think, when was the last time you had an oil change. An oil change is a dirty job, remember to pick up more hand cleaner, cleaner, must go to the dry cleaners.........

Some days I get a lot done, sometimes I even get what I went out do done. Wink yeah right

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KThompson,

Using diesel fuel as a mouse prevention tool falls along the lines of Carter's liver pills.

Use "Tin Cats" inside your buildings, next to all entries and exits. One on each side of each door.....or two per door.

Place the tin cat with the mouse entry hole tight up against the wall, very near each door.

There is no poison involved here. There are no springs to wind up, and NO ESCAPE possible. These things are great.

Every commercial establishment in this nation uses these devices, and they work very well.

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The Proverbial "Better Mouse Trap"

This repeating Mouse trap can hold up to 30 mice. The heavy gauge galvanized steel construction of the Tin Cat means it is long lasting. The low profile Tin Cat goes where wind-up traps can't fit.

It's safe to use; it doesn't require bait, poison, or resetting. The Tin Cat has a hinged lid that allows for easy release and clean up. It won't rust so it's ideal for damp environments. The multi-viewing holds allow for fast inspection of the All Metal Tin Cat.

Place Tin Cat lengthwise against wall or object with entrance holes nearest that surface. Available in all metal or with clear plastic top. 10.25" x 6.25" x 1.75"


363601 Tin Cat, with Clear Window (1.4#) $14.95 Temporarily unavailable
218011 Tin Cat, All metal (1.4#) $13.95

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