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#1 tom tractor OFFLINE  

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Posted August 18, 2016 - 08:03 AM

The proverbial problem.... How do you avoid mice from nesting in the motor?

Dryer sheets, moth balls, etc...

What is the best method after the motor has been running and hot?

Suggestions?
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Posted August 18, 2016 - 08:05 AM

I have a 5 foot black snake in the tractor barn and no mice to speak of.  You're welcome to it.


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Posted August 18, 2016 - 09:04 AM

I can hook you up with some barn cats, they are cheaper by the dozen!!

I'm in no way responsible for the odd 5 legged 3 eyed cat though, boss's cats are closely related, each generation is even closer...

Ok joke is over. I don't have a problem with mice, we seem to be at peace. Now those $&(/@@!! Squirrels, I have a war on them. I've found drawers in the work bench FULL OF PINECONES. Best thing for them is a pellet gun, after the "friend to all animals" lady goes to work.

I would try dryer sheets, probably can get them at the local dollar store, so if it does work, it's a cheap fix.
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Posted August 18, 2016 - 09:09 AM

Well I like the snake idea but! I have the same issue with mice and one of the things I do is leave the hoods up on my tractors. They seem to stay out when I do that I guess because they don't like the openness. Good luck with them
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Posted August 18, 2016 - 09:15 AM

I was thinking of connecting the tractor to my electric fence.
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Posted August 18, 2016 - 09:40 AM

I was thinking of connecting the tractor to my electric fence.

Kill two birds with one stone.  Get rid of the mice and keep the battery charged!  Seriously the snake works far better than my cats.  He's just a little bit creepier.


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Posted August 18, 2016 - 09:49 AM

Even though I hate a snake I have seen two this year in my shop...no mice & empty traps. I recently also seen a small one so now I'm thinking I have a whole family...gives me the creeps. I heard placing a moat of moth balls around each tire helps also.

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Posted August 18, 2016 - 10:51 AM

I usually have a black snake but I haven't seen him this year. The mice seem more plentifull this year. Occassionally, I have a pair of hawks grabbing small critters but not enough. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted August 18, 2016 - 11:37 AM

I have used dryer sheet and leave the hoods up.  Just be sure you change the dryer sheets every few weeks. I check the oil before I start a tractor so that reminds me to remove the dryer sheets also.



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Posted August 18, 2016 - 01:37 PM

I think the main two methods have been hit already... barn cats and barn snakes. Both work for me. I have no mice in my tractors... just paw prints on my hoods.



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Posted August 18, 2016 - 02:37 PM

Mice are a problem for sure. They filled the flywheel in my LGT 165 ford once, with the side panel insulation. Engine wouldn't even turn over, it was packed in so tight. Foxes help keep the mice away.

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