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Old 09-29-2013, 02:01 AM   #1
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Critters

When storing a bike in the barn for the winter, what are your suggestions for keeping mice & other critters out of your bike?
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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When storing a bike in the barn for the winter, what are your suggestions for keeping mice & other critters out of your bike?
I keep lots of these types of mouse glue boards around.
http://www.benmeadows.com/cold-temp-...130929122321:s
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:32 AM   #3
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Well the "best" is a certified card carrying mouser barn cat. Second best is the 5 gallon bucket mouse trap:

http://fivegallonideas.com/bucket-mouse-trap/

I have used both, the bucket works perfect. I prefer the cats because they seem to really enjoy the employment.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:55 AM   #4
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moth balls.

i put a handful of moth balls in a few sandwich bags and stick them in various locations.

has worked for me in my campers/boats/cars/bikes for many years.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:37 AM   #5
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Well the "best" is a certified card carrying mouser barn cat.
Ditto. Or two.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:00 AM   #6
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Ditto on the moth balls

Also, plug openings such as the exhaust pipe and intake, they think air cleaners are pretty good places for a nest, and exhaust pipes are great for storing acorns.

If the parking spot is bare soil, make a vapor barrier, I used heavy plastic, then gravel for leveling and then some dry-core underlayment tiles, which also make a nice work surface for the prep work.

Just be sure that in the spring you find the moth ball that slipped down on top of the muffler and wedged into place next to the support bracket. DAMIK
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #7
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After a few years in a barn I couldn't start my old CB750F. Had spark and fuel.....crank crank crank on and on.........then BANG went right up to redline and showered the driveway with mouse shit.

I plug everything, they even got into my car cabin filter and plugged it up.And stunk.... Two weeks maybe????? They did the same to my neighbor's Oldsmobile heater box, not that I hadn't warned him. $500.00 later to clean that up and then he did screen the air intake.

If you have more than one vehicle to store, tag them as to the work done or plugs installed.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:55 AM   #8
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Nukes!

I've used(and still do) moth balls, traps,d-con,etc. They are all effective to an extent but if you have rodents looking for a home, sooner or later they'll breach any & every defense.

Best plan,imo? Don't park it & forget it, whatever "it"is- bike,mower,blower,etc. Have a look every few days to see what's what.


An aside-

One thing that amazed me a couple years ago: red squirrels were stashing dog food in the air intake/filter of my airhead which was parked in the garage. Dog food was kept & dogs were fed in the kitchen which is not adjacent to the garage. Plus, there were plenty of other places to stash their pilfered goods between kitchen & bike; I still don't know what the draw was but hardware cloth over the snorkel solved that...for now.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:22 PM   #9
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One thing that amazed me a couple years ago: red squirrels were stashing dog food in the air intake/filter of my airhead which was parked in the garage. Dog food was kept & dogs were fed in the kitchen which is not adjacent to the garage. Plus, there were plenty of other places to stash their pilfered goods between kitchen & bike; I still don't know what the draw was but hardware cloth over the snorkel solved that...for now.
I stored a friend's bike over the winter in my basement. Spring arrived and he called to say he was coming up on the weekend to get it. Installed the battery,some gas and it fired it up. Fired right up but would not accept throttle. Figured I didn't drain the bowls completely so I went to remove the carbs and the airbox was full of dog food. To this day I keep the dog food in a 30 gallon drum.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:16 AM   #10
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Move south of the snow line and ride year round.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:00 AM   #11
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Hang it off the ground about a foot or so. Along with the traps etc...
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:59 AM   #12
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Hang it off the ground about a foot or so. Along with the traps etc...
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:54 AM   #13
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Lots of good advice. I like my stuff sitting on cedar plank....I know it sounds wierd...who knows if it works, but my cat helps a lot too.
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #14
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Lots of good advice. I like my stuff sitting on cedar plank....I know it sounds wierd...who knows if it works, but my cat helps a lot too.
Don't know about the cedar, my storage shed is all built out of it, including the floor. Still get mice in there. Altough the packrats seem to stay away from it and hit the shop instead. Then I hit back quick....!
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:10 AM   #15
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  1. Park the bike on a plastic tarp.
  2. Layer the bottom of the tarp with mothballs.
  3. Cover the bike with a soft cover or flannel sheet.
  4. Wrap the tarp up around the bike.
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