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#1 farmer john OFFLINE  

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Posted May 02, 2013 - 04:26 AM

hi guys, went to cut the grass today for the first time, decided to start up my toro z master, battery was low so put a boost to it, checked the fuel no gas in tank? float sticking? added fuel , started cranking, after a few tries it back fires catches the air breather on fire and starts melting the housing, no water in my shed manage to put it out, check machine over. there is about 5-7 mouse nests tucked in the tractor , little bug--rs, so the z turns out of action for a bit, ( i mentioned to the wife its lucky we have 10 or so spare tractors) so i check over my wh 414-8 sure enough nests again clean then out, the 414-8 started up second try, old and dependable, got 2hrs of seat time probably 2 more today, and 3-4 on the wrenches fixing the z turn and pulling mice nests out of the other tractors before i cause any more damage, never had this much problem with mice before but my old cat passed away at 15 years old this winter, i guess he was doing his job right up to the end 


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 04:32 AM

Time for a replacement Cat. Or lots of dryer sheets and mothballs.


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 04:47 AM

i have not decided on a new cat or not, want to travel and its hard enough finding someone to take care of my 3 dogs and parrots, whats that talk about dryer sheets?


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 05:05 AM

The pesky little beggers can do a lot of damage. I think the moth balls and dryer sheets produce odors that discoutrage the mice. Not sure how effective they are. Sounds like you had a major infestation.


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 06:06 AM

I use the Dryer Sheets and Moth Balls in nearly everything stored in the fall.

 

Put the mothballs on the ground under the tractor and a couple of dryer sheets on the tractor, seems to work for me.


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 06:47 AM

what can i say, when the cats away the mice will play, i did not think the old guy was doing that good a job, maybe i will  rescue an older cat thats use to dogs, possibly a fixed female, give an older cat a chance at a new home, as cats here are inside/outside and i have always had fixed males but have been told females are better mousers 


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 08:19 AM

Time for a replacement Cat. Or lots of dryer sheets and mothballs.

 

Aren't you looking for work?  Here's you chance.  :rolling:


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 08:20 AM

cats are good. we had an male farm cat that caught mice all the time. the females dont seem to wanta catch them


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 08:24 AM

About a month ago I got the GT out to do some landscaping.  Everything was going along fine, but I noticed I was loosing power so It took it over to the shop and shut it down.  When I opened the hood there was all kinds of debris coming out of the flywheel cooling fin's.  When I pulled the tin's off it was a mess and as I cleaned it all up I found one mouse didn't make it out.  I'm going to have to try the moth balls and dryer sheets. 


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 09:21 AM

HAVE CAT WILL LOOSE MICE

 

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Posted May 02, 2013 - 10:11 AM

In the feline world I thought the females where always the hunters. The mother goes out and hunts while the father stays back and protects the young.


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 01:40 PM

The great thing about a cat is that it can take care of itself. You turn a domesticated dog loose and it will starve to death. Turn a domesticated cat loose and in 2 weeks it will be feral and well fed.
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Posted May 02, 2013 - 02:31 PM

There is a mouse trap that can be made using a bucket with a few inches of water in it, a ramp for the mouse to walk up, a can on rod and peanut butter on the can. Do a goggle search for mouse trap for someone has a video one being made.

 

 

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