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#1 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 10, 2016 - 06:19 PM

We cracked open an the first shed we got back when 20 years ago. It has sat locked up for since probably 2005. Had 3 tractors(restore or part candidates) minibike frames. Several bags and boxes from my first apartment when I moved back home in 2004 and a few other things.

Mice nest were all over the tractors, they ate the boxes, my clothes, and anything paper in there. Completely ruined just about all of that stuff. Ate up wiring on the tractors...built nests in the air boxes of the small lawn boys..

Made a terrible mess. I suppose it's out fault since we never go in there...i only opened it today because I wanted to show my son the little mini bike frame I've been saving for him forever.
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Posted July 10, 2016 - 06:51 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss.  They don't care who, where or when.  It is hard to keep mice out of equipment over the winter let alone 15 years and not expect any damage.  No amount of poison will keep them out for that long.  Need to wrap the entire building in 1/8" hardware cloth. 


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 06:53 PM

These little mice are harder on our equipment then we are, they really know how to get into any and every thing. unwanted critters get my garden, my tractors, my cars, my house. Its a constant battle, if you find a way to end their life do it my friend in the end its either us or them and we must survive. These are the one thing in my life i will extinguish and not feel a drop of guilt to bad my wife was just a second or so late on the camera the day I got one with my shovel, my dogs cornered it and I whacked it, didn't feel a bit of guilt.  


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 07:31 PM

Maybe you should run up and borrow Jeff's snake.   :smilewink:  :thumbs:

 

http://gardentractor...get-rid-of-him/


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 08:56 PM

I cut a cat door in the shed. Keeps the rodents away. 


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 09:15 PM

Maybe you should run up and borrow Jeff's snake.   :smilewink:  :thumbs:

 

http://gardentractor...get-rid-of-him/

Borrow him?  Heck, he can have him and his little offspring too!


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 09:16 PM

I cut a cat door in the shed. Keeps the rodents away. 

Yeah, I have two cats and neither seemed to have acquired a taste for mice.  At least, that's what I thought.  Now I'm thinking that black snake is taking care of the mice while the cats enjoy the chipmunks, rabbits and an occasional bird.


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 09:48 PM

Had a mice problem here, then got a cat and over night the problem went away.

Nothing better than a good Cat.


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 09:55 PM

Just a hunch but clothes that have not been touched since 2005 probably were never going to be worn again. I never put anything paper in my shed. Part of that is due to the likelihood of mice and the other is that we have a lot of humidity in the summer and paper would never survive. All I put in my shed are garden tools, tree stands, fishing rods, mowers, tillers. Stuff like that. I don't know if it helps or not but every once in a while I fire up my tiller and let it run with the shed doors closed. I do this a couple of times during the winter. My theory is the carbon monoxide will get rid of anything in it.

I'm also in and out of my shed most every weekend and usually some during the week. Once a year or so I empty it out and give it a good cleaning from top to bottom and get it organized again. The nice, neat organization lasts about eight, maybe nine, minutes!

Good luck with the mouse battle.
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Posted July 11, 2016 - 06:40 AM

Sorry to hear of some damage to your memories.
Little buggers. I hate them too.
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Posted July 11, 2016 - 07:11 AM

Those mice have a whole field of dry grass to make a nest out of. What the . . . ?

 

Has anyone tried a pet ferret?


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 01:54 PM

You are right the clothes never would of been worn.  There were 2 garbage bags of clothes, most of them were clothes from when I was a teenager, shirts from trips, shirts my grandmother gave me, a few nicer heavy work jackets that I had forgotten about.  Some of it I could save.

 

The other stuff was probably more important to me, some pictures, and other memory type things.  They were all in plastic totes that they actually chewed a hole in the side of and got in there.  Ate up the paper stuff, and then built entire colonies amongst the stuff.

 

The tractors, none of them ran, but where mostly for parts.  4 Cub Cadets in there.  129, 169, 109 and a quietline(can't remember the number 1100?)  4 lawn boy butter cups and 2 brick tops.  A few totes of minibikes parts, and 3 minibikes frames.  And 3 complete 12HP Kohlers that need cleaned up and inspected(probably would run no problem)  Nothing in there actually ran.  All of it was capable of being restored/rebuilt back to a running condition.  The biggest pain is the chewed up wiring, and all the messes inside of everything. 

 

It's cleaned out now, we chased a bunch of the mice out when we started cleaning it up.  Dragged it all out, sprayed the whole thing down with bleach, put out poison and traps for the ones that didn't leave.  At least now its nice and organized!


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 02:57 PM

Need to install a resetable mouse trap in there two, IMHO
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Posted July 11, 2016 - 07:23 PM

Put some Tomcat in there!


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