Mice in the engines.

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Jim B., Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Jim B.

    Jim B. Junior Member

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    I live at the edge of a 5000 acre wild land preserve and mice are a problem for me and my neighbors. The mice seem to like the wiring in motors. So far, they have stayed away from my 09 Road Glide and my 05 Gold Wing, but they have gotten into the engines in my wife's van and my car. The bikes are parked in the garage and the cars are outside. I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to solve the problem. It's getting expensive replacing wiring harnesses. Thanks.
     
  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I also live in an isolated rural environment 5 houses surrounded by fields
    in the winter after the harvest the mice seemed to migrate into the wall spaces and attics of the houses
    did some damage to the household wiring made a nest inside my helmet using the helmet lining as bedding
    sourced a kitten from a farm traditionally on farms in this part of Scotland dogs and cats are fed with Brose oatmeal and water it keeps them alive and they can get meat by catching and eating the farm vermin
    now on my second cat this one is even better than the first she can catch & kill rats and rabbits as well as mice and voles

    Brian
     
  3. ironmark

    ironmark Junior Member

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    I dont know if it would work but how about one of those electronic pest control thing that you see on TV , they plug in the wall socket , you could run a extension cord to the car or you could get a bunch of cats & dont feed them :bigsmiley14:.
     
  4. martin14

    martin14 Active Member

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    I agree, a couple of cats is the way to go.

    Try to get from a farm though, better genes.. I have a cat who always looks interested,
    but he cant catch a cold, never mind a mouse :)
     
  5. Jim B.

    Jim B. Junior Member

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    Cats seem to be the weapon of choice, but I have 5 dogs. Haven't been able to teach them to catch mice or the occasional rat.

    The electronic devices might work, I have one in my garage and it seems to have worked. I'm not sure how they work in open spaces like my driveway.

    Any other ideas?
     
  6. RickyBobby

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    I lay out those sheets that are used to soften clothes in a dryer in my trailer near the places the pipes and electrical go through the floor and they have a smell mice and ants do not like. It works really well, since I heard of that trick, I have not had any issue with anything getting in my trailer while stored for long lengths of time between usage. They smell Ok too. I use the ones called Bounce.
    You could put some on the bikes and that should do it for your situation too.
     
  7. recharge

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    Another thing to use a bar of Irish spring soap, I use that in sheds and motors in winter.
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Mouse traps baited with peanut butter. You'll catch the entire populating of mice.
     
  9. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    Keep in mind here --- if I read the post right --- the vehicles in question are parked OUTSIDE in the driveway !!!????
     
  10. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Looks like inside from where I'm sitting.:D

    I'm old but not too senile yet :lolrolling