Mouse story

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Wirespokes, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Hadn't ridden the G/S in a while before today - so checked it over, topped up the battery, aired the tires, brushed off the new patina, warmed her up and off I went. About thirty miles up the highway there was a brown furry thing scuttling around the idiot lights and over the speedo!!!

    What the hell!!!??? :eek1

    I watched in amazement (and missed my turnoff as a result) as it tried to tight wire rope its way to somewhere else and launched to the highway.

    My thought was it came from the mouse hotel, worked its way along under the tank, then up onto the instrument panel. The theory proved correct a little while later after removing the air filter to find the nest - and four little ones as well!

    Stuffed the nest material in a pop can along with them (doubt they'll last long, but who knows?) and cleaned out the mess. Hard to believe the bike ran normally with all that garbage in there!

    So now I'm trying to figure out the best way to prevent a recurrence - especially since checking the other bikes in the shed, finding three more mouse nests. All those filters shot to hell!!!! :huh

    Any suggestions how to prevent this in the future? Zip tie some screen over the intake snorkels? I've heard moth balls works. What have you done that worked?
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  2. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    1/4' screen over the snorkels. doesn't impede as much airflow as tighter screen will.
    Make kind of a convex shape for even less obstruction.
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  3. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Yeah, 1/4" hardware cloth over the snorks. A mouse has a flexible skeleton and can squeeze thru incredibly tight spaces. And they are very persistent-- I've been fighting an invasion for 4-5 years in my house.

    Good luck. You'll need it with these successful vermin.
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  4. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Moth balls don't keep them out of my shop drawers, though they do keep the rust down.
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  5. R100LT

    R100LT Chasing 11

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    Get a Cat ???
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  6. trailwing

    trailwing Been here awhile

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    I had a mouse build a nest in my air box once. Took me hours to figure out why it wouldn't start.
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  7. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    I think I'd be looking at the cars too if there were any in there. Last thing you'd want is a dead mouse in the aircon! Phew.
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  8. tete

    tete clown shoes

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    Stick a cat in your airbox? I like it!:1drink
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  9. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    They do seem to prefer the flat filters!

    I'm wondering why?

    Given all of the other nesting...opportunities available in my garage, what is so appealing about the filter of a cold hunk of metal sitting motionless over the winter?

    One year, there was an affinity for the bell housing of my F-150; two clutches in as many months!

    Not quite as cute as Beverly Cleary portrayed them.

    Thus far, the 1/4" has repelled them; also effective against flying squirrels invading the attic!
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  10. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    Get a cat converter.
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  11. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I've heard dryer sheets will keep them away. You know, the little sheets you, er...um, your wife puts in the dryer to make your undies soft? Maybe mice can't stand a fresh scent? Just tuck a few in different places on the bike. Had a customer/friend tell me about his car being rodent free after using some while storing a car in an area where they would have been expected to be a problem. I've got them in a 944 Porsche that's "waiting" for me to work on it. Hope it works.

    Lynn
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  12. senatorperkins

    senatorperkins Adventurer

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    last time I changed my airfilter I found a cup of dog food.. no evidence of mice. your guess is as good as mine.
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  13. Cordless

    Cordless Two Wheel Addict

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    Probably food squirrelled away for the winter. Check other places too. Probably more than one cache around.
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    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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  15. skipn

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    I'll be making a 1/4 in. screen for the R75 before winter storage. I've had to make one for all my FJR1300s (and some for my buddies who ride/winter store the same bike) since they seem to love the airbox.

    My garage used to look like a mine field with traps and poison around the bikes until I found where they were getting in, and then living in the bikes. No problems after installing the screens.

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  16. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    Probably because most of the round filter bikes have a grating on the air intake from the factory, except the last year which doesn't.
    I had a 79 R65 that had the round filter and no grating. I bought it from a guy who had it stored under a tarp on his porch for more than 10 years. There was a whole city of mice living under the starter cover on that one.
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  17. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    And just how do those little bastiges know how to find the air boxes anyway?
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  18. ragtoplvr

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    I remember starting up an old honda with aftermarket pipes and seeing the dogs food pellets spraying out the back. The air box was full. Busy little bastards. Cat fixed problem.

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  19. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Thanks guys! Great response!

    As with a lot of solutions, new problems can surface, and so it is with cats. They spray. :huh That stuff really does a number on aluminum!

    So I don't know what is worse, trashed airbox and wiring or corroded aluminum. Got a solution for cat spray?

    I was thinking of drilling a bunch of little holes in the air snorkles and weaving some stainless safety wire to make a net. But 1/4" mesh might be a quicker and easier solution.
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  20. ignatz72

    ignatz72 call me iggy

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    Lol, or a cat-back exhaust...
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