Them Mice Move In Fast!
Posted May 26, 2012 - 03:47 PM
Today, I was going to mow. I turned over the 312-8 and out ran a good sized mouse. It wasn't enough to start the engine so I smacked the engine covers, and the body to try and remove the first one that came out. I thought they were all out so I started it and out ran another of about the same size. Then a second later out came half of a mouse. I knew they moved in so I had to take all the covers off before mowing. There must have been several living in there as there were a few more mouse parts. (I'm trying to give the whole story without to much gore) removing the mouse house delayed me some but I got it out. I used the WH last Saturday to mow and they already moved in!
I know that the '71 has a house in it, there is some mouse-house material coming out of one of the covers. I will have to get them out tomorrow before they cause any electrical damage, if they haven't already. Again, I used the '71 on Wednesday!
Just over a week ago I started up my neighbors '64 PK to drive it back to her house. It has been at my house for a while and when I turned it over, a mouse came out of the engine, and ran down the drive tube. It was sitting about two weeks prior to this, again I had to remove the engine covers to evict the mice.
What are some things I can do to prevent them from moving in? Last year was a BAD year for mice around here and they still seem to be at it. I will have to get some poison and try to get rid of some of them. Since these are work tractors, and get used, what can I do to keep them out of my engines?
Posted May 26, 2012 - 05:02 PM
I agree on the hungry cat. Mine just passed on after 14 wonderful years of her bringing her catches in the house for us to thank her for. No mice nor lazy birds here!
Get a cat and don't feed it much.
In the past I have used Ropax bars bought from the local farm supply store. They work very well and the mice must think its candy because they really go through them.
Posted May 26, 2012 - 05:09 PM
I got some poison, now to try and get these things away from my tractors!
Posted May 26, 2012 - 07:53 PM
Posted May 26, 2012 - 08:05 PM
That link, describes the build. It works great.
That whole live release concept, boggles my mind. I put about 1" of antifreeze in the bucket.
Edited by IamSherwood, May 26, 2012 - 08:05 PM.
- caseguy and Ryan313 have said thanks
Posted May 26, 2012 - 09:26 PM
Posted May 26, 2012 - 09:27 PM
Posted May 27, 2012 - 11:53 AM
Will, I like that idea. I will have to set some of those up.
Posted May 27, 2012 - 07:40 PM
up, in the boat storage sheds. In the spring, I found buckets of mouse soup.
The good part about using the antifreeze, is that they get pickled, and not all
stinky and mushy and gross.