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Old 10-04-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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Mouse story

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!!!???

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!!!!

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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Old 10-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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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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Old 10-04-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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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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Old 10-04-2012, 10:32 PM   #4
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Moth balls

Moth balls don't keep them out of my shop drawers, though they do keep the rust down.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:49 PM   #6
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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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Old 10-04-2012, 11:09 PM   #7
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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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Old 10-04-2012, 11:13 PM   #8
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Stick a cat in your airbox? I like it!
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:22 AM   #9
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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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Old 10-05-2012, 04:31 AM   #10
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:56 AM   #11
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I've heard dryer sheets will keep them away. You know, the little sheets you,, 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.

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:03 AM   #12
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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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Old 10-05-2012, 07:09 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by senatorperkins View Post
last time I changed my airfilter I found a cup of dog food.. no evidence of mice. your guess is as good as mine.

Probably food squirrelled away for the winter. Check other places too. Probably more than one cache around.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:13 AM   #14
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try this.

This subject was discussed a while back in the garage. Here's a linky, hope it works.

And this:
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:17 AM   #15
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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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