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Old 10-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #31
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:45 PM   #32
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I've got an old Honda 350 in a shed on a friend's property......been there about 20 years or so. The last time I checked on it (couple of years ago) there was a 3 foot long snakeskin intertwined around the engine/frame/carbs. I didn't get close enough to check if the mice had been nibbling the wiring......
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:31 PM   #33
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Get one of those electronic plug gizmos form home depo. About seven bucks. I was sure they were a gimmick, but the wife brought 3 of them home for the barn. We plugged them in and it's been a couple years since we have seen a mouse. Best 21 bucks we've ever spent
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #34
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New mouse traps on the market : JAWS traps, black plastic, very sensitive, load 'em with peanut butter and set them around anything you want protected. I line them up near the bike and laugh every morning when I see Mickey with his broken neck. Somebody once told me that in a rural area there's 250,000 mice for every ten square miles of land.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:29 PM   #35
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Wrap the thingy where you put the peanut butter with a bit of netting of cloth, to make a cloth/PB combo. The cloth catches their teeth and makes even the cheapest of traps work great.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:10 PM   #36
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That Hanta Virus is some NASTY shit.
For sure.

Here is something from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) about precautions for cleaning up after the furry visitors:

http://www.cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning/index.html

Be careful. It's a jungle out there.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #37
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I just moved my Pantah mufflers which have been under cover outside for a while and three scorpions fell out and scurried in various directions. I just about shat myself.
Way back fighting forest fires for the USFS, came back from a 12 hour day, tossed back the flap on my Gvt issue paper sleeping bag and out crawls a Big Black Widow. You never saw so many grody men jump up out of their bags and check things out. A real Clown Dance, if you know what I mean.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:48 PM   #38
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a few years ago now, got back from a 3 month trip on my G/S, and found the top of the filter covered in feathers and the sad dried up remains of a little bird wedged in the intake horn.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:46 PM   #39
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I live in So Ca, Black widows are a way of life here.

Biggest issue with them besides the nasty painful bite, is the freaking webs, strong sticky things that not only freak you out since you know that it's a black widows web, they are a pain in the ass to get off.

I keep my dirt bikes out side, and one while working on it, I move around to under it and I find a nice big BW hanging out in the little shark fin for the rear rotor. This was on the same bike that I had killed some wasp/hornets/yellow jackets nest that was just starting to form.

It reminded me that I need to ride my dirt bikes more often.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:09 AM   #40
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Black Widows. Brown Recluse. Bad critters. Nasty stuff.

Grrrrrr. Just checked my parts stash box and found that the vermin had chewed up two rubber battery straps. This is war...
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:40 AM   #41
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I guess losing a few airfilters isn't near as bad as some of the suffering out there. I don't feel so bad now.

As for my problem, the immediate plan is to silicone some screen to the base of the snorkels on the inside of the airbox. Anyone tried that?

I just hope those vermin don't set up house in the snorkels!

That, and a five gallon bucket...
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:58 AM   #42
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I wouldn't bother with the snorkels at all. Just affix some mesh over the intake vents/scoop. For the early round filter type scoop, just shoo goo a piece on there.

The rectangular type has vents on the starter cover, just install some screening over them inside the cover.

There is no other way for the varmits to enter. Block them with metal screening. Is it not just this simple????
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:37 AM   #43
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Used to have a money pit trailer on the lake. I bought the good rat stuff at the farm store, in a 8 lb bucket. Put out 2 pie tins full, next week, all gone. Took about 16 lbs a year to keep the bastards out. For a mouse, bedroom, dining room, kitchen, toilet, all same room

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:13 AM   #44
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Might want to plug your mufflers too. I fired up my AH Sprite the other day and about 2 cups of bird seed blew out the back.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:15 PM   #45
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Good point!
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