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 01-20-2005, 23:01 Post: 104580
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Anyone ever have trouble with mice getting up under the hood and in the engine area over winter and building a nest? Buddy lost a snowmobile to that, he did not check to clean out the crap in the air intake, was wondering if this is a problem with tractors too?






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 01-21-2005, 00:44 Post: 104583
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Yes every year.






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 01-21-2005, 07:24 Post: 104589
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Mothballs worked for me (as a mice repellant). Your results may vary.

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 01-21-2005, 09:06 Post: 104596
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Yep and you can include cars trucks boats campers and everything else.






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 01-21-2005, 10:32 Post: 104605
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Before I built my extra garage the mice built a nest in the AC on my Dodge pickup. This caused the AC evaporator to become mouse chewing material (*cry*). What an awful job to fix!

Put mothballs in an old sock or similar fabric bag (the odor is what you want) and tie a colored string or ribbon to hang out of the hood or to the steering wheel so you don't forget to remove before operation.






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 01-21-2005, 11:29 Post: 104613
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The problem is not confined to mice.

Squirrels found a lawn tractor that I had covered with a tarp and parked for the season. They built a nest in it (complete with a bird carcass when I discoverd it), and got so hungry they knawed through several wires of the ignition wiring harness. Major pain to fix.

Have not tried mothballs yet; we'll see. I just love them little critters.

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 01-21-2005, 12:39 Post: 104618
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Had a mouse nest in the clutch cover of my Polaris ATV. I didn't know it until I fired it up and the material blew out the vent.

They'll get into everything.






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 01-21-2005, 12:39 Post: 104619
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Yes I've had that problem. Unfortunately I don't use the tractor as much as I'd like in the winter - YET. That's due to the fact that right now I don't have a good place to park it for winter use. In the other 3 seasons I park it in the garage and keep my truck in the driveway.

This leads me to the fact that in the winter it is mostly parked behind the house under a tarp. I had a mouse nest under the hood this past spring. The little devil chewed the wires on the headlight harness. There was evidence that it happened before. The guy I bought the tractor from had put some tape on the wires. I didn't notice it when I bought it. Anyway, I had to replace the harness.

You might try the mothball route. It might work. I used to use them all the time in my campers until one spring when I opened up my large tent trailer and found major canvas damage. I also found mouse droppings within a few inches of 3 mothballs. Maybe the cold temps keeps the odor down?






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 01-21-2005, 21:16 Post: 104659
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found like 5 nest in the snowmobile clubs tucker, when we moved that out next they moved into my tractor. The funny thing is one of those little rascals thought the best place to hide was under a tire, no he is in the big cheese heaven. Has anyone tried one of those electronic devices that is suppose to chase them away [ no not my daughters stereo ]






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 01-22-2005, 17:35 Post: 104724
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Well it may be politically incorrect but I favor good ole poison. After all these posts though I fear I did not lay enough out for the whole winter. Last year My garage was totally mouse free. In the spring I figured I would have tons of mouse crap in it. My garage is in the middle of nowhere in the woods. I found about 4 dead mice and I figure many more were dead out side. I suppose that after so long during the winter months the mice only travel so far. If the poison kept killing the onse comming in sooner or later the mice will all be gone till spring. That is just a guess.
Here is the actual question. When spring comes and I go to start up the tractor is there a routine or a check list that should be performed to look for mice nest material or damage? Where would they likely get into that you may have to disasemble something to find the nest?
Maybe I am making too much of this? Last year seeing my buddy fry his sled even after he supposedly was to look for the same problem that he had the year before. He saw no sign but did not pull the air cleaner, big mistake!
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