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Old Yesterday, 03:18 PM   #1
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How do you guys mouse-proof your bikes?

I rent an older home in Vermont, and while I'm lucky enough to have a garage, it's got plenty of places for critters to get in. I actually had mouse damage on my old VFR last winter, which resulted in a near $500 repair bill last spring to replace some critical wiring. I'd like to avoid that at all costs on my brand new Super Tenere, especially with all of its electronics and hiding places for the little bastards. I've heard various reviews on mothballs, cedar chips, traps, etc.... Popular opinion seems to suggest none of these tactics do a whole lot. Any ideas?!
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Old Yesterday, 03:25 PM   #2
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haven't had much luck myself...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1010821
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Old Yesterday, 03:38 PM   #3
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I rent an older home in Vermont, and while I'm lucky enough to have a garage, it's got plenty of places for critters to get in. I actually had mouse damage on my old VFR last winter, which resulted in a near $500 repair bill last spring to replace some critical wiring. I'd like to avoid that at all costs on my brand new Super Tenere, especially with all of its electronics and hiding places for the little bastards. I've heard various reviews on mothballs, cedar chips, traps, etc.... Popular opinion seems to suggest none of these tactics do a whole lot. Any ideas?!
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Old Yesterday, 03:58 PM   #4
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Trap a hungry cat in the garage with it

I put Tomcat in a dog-proof (because... I have dogs) enclosure in the garage and basement. Mice eat it, get real thirsty, then go outside and die looking for water.
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Old Yesterday, 04:08 PM   #5
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You know those awful-smelling dryer sheets you can buy to put in your clothes dryer to make your stuff smell really obnoxious? Well, I go to the grocery store and buy the cheapest and most gawd-awful-smelling ones I can find and, when I put my bike up for the winter, I stuff the individual sheets all over the bike: under the seat, in around the triple-tree, in around the engine and anyplace I can find enough of a gap to cram one in. Then I put the cover over it and say "goodnight until Spring". So far it's worked like a charm. In fact, my friend whose barn I store it in has an antique car that the critters used to get into, too, and she adopted the dryer-sheets idea. Solved her problem.
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Old Yesterday, 04:08 PM   #6
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I made a few of these to supplement regular traps. They work great. It doesn't matter if it gets below freezing. Antifreeze could drown them or nothing at all and they will die quicker than you'd guess. Luckily I have these in semi heated places so regular water works.

http://fivegallonideas.com/bucket-mouse-trap/
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I haven't had mouse problems with my motorcycles or ATVs but have been fighting them for years in my popup camper and outboard motors. I tried the dryer sheets they made a nest out of them. I tried ceder chips they made a nest out of them.
I wonder how this would work? http://www.cycleshell.com
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Old Yesterday, 04:52 PM   #8
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You know those awful-smelling dryer sheets you can buy to put in your clothes dryer to make your stuff smell really obnoxious? Well, I go to the grocery store and buy the cheapest and most gawd-awful-smelling ones I can find and, when I put my bike up for the winter, I stuff the individual sheets all over the bike: under the seat, in around the triple-tree, in around the engine and anyplace I can find enough of a gap to cram one in. Then I put the cover over it and say "goodnight until Spring". So far it's worked like a charm. In fact, my friend whose barn I store it in has an antique car that the critters used to get into, too, and she adopted the dryer-sheets idea. Solved her problem.
I did that with my boat, stored outside under a tarp. Stuffed the dryer sheets around the gas tank, in every opening where the molding is, under the dash, near the control box . . .

Not a single mouse, not a dropping in the boat in the spring. Anywhere.

As for bikes - in the garage, being worked on. Winter is the time to fix and replace everything broken over the riding season, silly. It;s not time for bikes to sit
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Old Yesterday, 04:53 PM   #9
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Mothballs

Mothballs in the ( Battery taken inside) battery box & under the tipped up seats has worked for me.
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Old Today, 03:39 AM   #10
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so far mothballs are working for me in my shed with the small engines. I put them in random places then just left the open box on a ledge.
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Mothballs and bounce dryer sheets strategically placed have worked for me in the past
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Old Today, 06:05 AM   #12
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Here is one I tried and seems to work. Peppermint oil soaked cotton balls. And boy, does the shed smell nice. Saw it in the Internet so it must be true.
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Old Today, 11:23 AM   #13
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Put a screen over your air intake.
Otherwise the air box makes a great little mouse house that sends debris strait into your intake valves...
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