MICE ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY


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MICE ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY

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Can someone help me out here please. This spring I cleaned my bags and trunk. My wife said that she had read an article about peppermint oil keeping mice away. Linda my wife purchased some papermint oil and we placed a metal container and put some cotton that was soaked in peppermint oil and I was off on my way, Happy and mice free. I opened my trunk today and found that those darn critters had somehow gotten into my trunk and made a nest with of all things the PEPPERMINT SOAKED COTTON and some other mouse building materials. You'll notice the empty metal container on one side of the trunk and the nest on the other side. The trunk seems to be sealed tight, I looked everywhere and I can't find a point of entry. Does anyone have any idea of how the heck Those critters are getting in? I put mice poison all over the garage and I still have nice. Thank you in advance for any help.

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My first two thoughts are to get a couple cats that you will allow access to the garage or your wife is having a little fun messing with you.

Since you are unable to determine how the little rodents are getting in there I might be leaning towards the latter. Do you see any of their dropping in the area as further evidence of their presence?

Another idea might be to surround the bike with some of that super sticky rodent paper after parking it and see what you can catch trying to gain access to it. Or you could put something like this in your trunk to catch them.
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Hi there C-dub,
When I opened the trunk I just stood there processing what I was looking at and then I yelled Son of a B**** !!
I'm going to take your advice and put glue traps in the trunk and give it a look see every day. I went to YouTube and seen where you take a 5 gallon bucket and put enough water in the bucket to drown the mice. The key is to use a ramp that the mice can walk up the ramp to try to eat peanut butter that is set up with a can with a wire such as a coat hanger wire going through the center of the can so it will spin when a mouse jumps off the ramp onto the can smeared with the peanut butter and fall into the water.

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Thanks again

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Lift up the floor matting, look at access holes, look at the light bulb access holes too. Cheap old fashion mouse traps baited with thick Jiffy peanut butter gobs. Catch mice, toss trap & mouse.
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guitarzan wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:14 pm
Hi there C-dub,
When I opened the trunk I just stood there processing what I was looking at and then I yelled Son of a B**** !!
I'm going to take your advice and put glue traps in the trunk and give it a look see every day. I went to YouTube and seen where you take a 5 gallon bucket and put enough water in the bucket to drown the mice. The key is to use a ramp that the mice can walk up the ramp to try to eat peanut butter that is set up with a can with a wire such as a coat hanger wire going through the center of the can so it will spin when a mouse jumps off the ramp onto the can smeared with the peanut butter and fall into the water.

I'm pro law enforcement all the way.
Thanks again

Frank
I've seen those bucket traps before and thought they were really cool. Wife won't let me try that.

We have cats. Lots of feral cats in the neighborhood. Haven't seen a mouse or rat in years. My wife and her mom, who lives next door, feed them and when they can catch them get them spayed and neutered. Just can't catch all of them. We've also seen a slight decrease in the squirrel population. Some of the more brazen territorial males go after the squirrels.

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I've heard Mr. Mouse doesn't like Mothballs. Might try some of those and see if the meeces stay away.
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DenverWinger wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:23 pm
I've heard Mr. Mouse doesn't like Mothballs. Might try some of those and see if the meeces stay away.
I've heard that too, but then the bike will smell so lovely! :lol:
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DenverWinger wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:23 pm
I've heard Mr. Mouse doesn't like Mothballs. Might try some of those and see if the meeces stay away.
that is what I use, plus Irish Pine soap bars shaved up thin and scattered under the fuel tank cover, plus mothballs there too.

I throw a whole package around under the bike. several more packages around the garage to encourage them to leave.
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CrystalPistol wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:00 pm
Lift up the floor matting, look at access holes, look at the light bulb access holes too. Cheap old fashion mouse traps baited with thick Jiffy peanut butter gobs. Catch mice, toss trap & mouse.
I didn't think about the matting and I'll check around bulb access holes too.

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AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:23 am
DenverWinger wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:23 pm
I've heard Mr. Mouse doesn't like Mothballs. Might try some of those and see if the meeces stay away.
that is what I use, plus Irish Pine soap bars shaved up thin and scattered under the fuel tank cover, plus mothballs there too.

I throw a whole package around under the bike. several more packages around the garage to encourage them to leave.
Hey mothballs is a good idea.
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C-dub wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:06 pm
guitarzan wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:14 pm
Hi there C-dub,
When I opened the trunk I just stood there processing what I was looking at and then I yelled Son of a B**** !!
I'm going to take your advice and put glue traps in the trunk and give it a look see every day. I went to YouTube and seen where you take a 5 gallon bucket and put enough water in the bucket to drown the mice. The key is to use a ramp that the mice can walk up the ramp to try to eat peanut butter that is set up with a can with a wire such as a coat hanger wire going through the center of the can so it will spin when a mouse jumps off the ramp onto the can smeared with the peanut butter and fall into the water.

I'm pro law enforcement all the way.
Thanks again

Frank
I've seen those bucket traps before and thought they were really cool. Wife won't let me try that.

We have cats. Lots of feral cats in the neighborhood. Haven't seen a mouse or rat in years. My wife and her mom, who lives next door, feed them and when they can catch them get them spayed and neutered. Just can't catch all of them. We've also seen a slight decrease in the squirrel population. Some of the more brazen territorial males go after the squirrels.

BTW, it seems you've noticed my avatar, but did you see my signature line? I recently changed my avatar after getting that from Mike's wife.
We had squirrels climbing trees and eating holes in the eaves and the squirrel population was growing and here to find out the neighbor behind me was trapping squirrels in the forest preserves and bringing them back to his house and releasing them in his yard, he liked feeding them. So I'm shooting them and my neighbor is bringing more in. Squirrels are nothing but rats with fussy tails.
I remember that shooting and a lot more shootings. I did some policing back in the 70's. I cringe when I hear of another fallen police officer and it's happening way to many times these day's.
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I work in the propane industry. We service all kinds of LP equipment including pool heaters. Mice love the comfy confines of pool heaters and I have seen nests that will fill a paper grocery bag. The little critters feast on the wiring and insulation. Not to mention all the little buggers pee and poop all over the place clogging burners and pilots. The manufacturers suggest tossing a handful of mothballs at the end of the season. Me personally, I can’t stand the smell of mothballs, so it’s not something I would use. However, every heater I have come across that has used mothballs with has no sign of mice or drastically reduced evidence. What I have been told is spearmint leaves works well. I think you can buy small bags (probably on amazon) and try that. I think it’s worth a try and far less of an objectionable smell and less likely to leave an crappy odor. Good luck.

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Peppermint Oil works, but expensive

the soap I mentioned is "Irish Spring"

Mothballs is the cheapest, the dollar stores have them
we buy 10 packs or more every fall
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AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:41 am
Peppermint Oil works, but expensive

the soap I mentioned is "Irish Spring"

Mothballs is the cheapest, the dollar stores have them
we buy 10 packs or more every fall
He said he used some peppermint oil in his trunk and the mice loved it! So I guess his mice are different than the Okie mice. I like the idea of a mouse trap. Those little critters don't escape it.

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I WISH I had mice.

The problem around here is black widow spiders making their homes under the Tupperware.

I have come home from a morning ride, and gone back out at lunchtime and there are webs from the bike to the concrete. I can flood a bunch of spray up under the plastic, and for a few days there's nothing, but the next generation comes along. I have to wear leather gloves when I pull the Tupperware, and more than once I've seen a big fat black belly ducking into the darkness.

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OMG,
I hate spiders and I've hated them from the time I was 5 years old, I'm 69 years old now. Goes to show ya that if you think you've got it bad, someone comes along and has it really bad. My hat goes off to you Solo So Long.

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Try fabric softener sheets that you throw in the clothes dryer.

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Have you tried to use peppermints?

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Hi,
I'll give the dryer sheets a try for sure. I haven't used peppermints but did try cotton
Soaked in peppermint oil and the mice took the soaked cotton out of the metal container and made a nest out of it.

Thank you
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I had a mouse build a large nest on top of my airfilter on my GL1500. It also chewed the insulation off my GPS wiring. I tried fabric softener sheets that I had read about. For a test, I put a moustrap on a fabric softener sheet. Next day had a dead mouse. So much for that idea.

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I have also found mice evidence and "mess" inside my main trunk box. (2008 GW) But I have never found any evidence when I leave the trunk open while in the garage. In my part of the country pack rats can build a large nest under a car/truck hood and wreak havoc to several parts of wiring and plastic, but, not when the hood is left open!
After a hunting expedition I located some small holes inside the bottom of the trunk where you lift out the cover where I keep my owner's manual, I think it can also house a CD. Plugging those holes helped but not 100% effective. Next I found gaps in the main "opening" pull handle, bottom/aft/rear, for the trunk. Using some foam pipe wrap material, I cut a section and forced into into the opening thus disallowing the use of critter highway. It worked! You would need to place this "plug" under the pull handle and pull it out to use said handle and it needs to be tight.
Warning: I still leave the trunk open and move large items so as to not leave a "shelter of darkness" for the lingering vermin. Good Luck on your mouse patrol!

Postscript: remember when baiting traps, use only enough bait to attract/whack but not any extra because now you are actually feeding them and encouraging increase in population! A very small dab of peanut butter is sufficient.

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I found a nest on my engine block a week ago. Don't remember seeing anything when I changed my alternator back in March, or when I did it after last years Gathering in September. Praying the I find only minimal damage as I tear it apart more this weekend.
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Clothes dryer sheets tucked into places the nice frequent will absolutely solve your problem. Mice used to love my covered Mazda Miata that l rarely drive, they did all kinds of damage. Some old guy told me about dryer sheets, l put them in the engine compartment, in the trunk and under the seats, l haven't seen a mouse turd in 3 years!

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Fortunately for me I don’t have a problem with mice in my Goldwing. We do have mice and chipmunks getting into our garage. I purchased spray bottles of Rodent Stopper and Squirrel Stopper from our local Menards store. I spray it in the areas around the garage door frame where the little critters could possibly get through and this spray works to keep them out. I use it around shrubs and house foundation to deter them from chewing up the landscaping as well. You might want to try spaying this on the floor around your Goldwing to keep mice away. Depending on your situation you may have to repeat the spraying 1-2 a month. It also has a pleasant smell, in my opinion.
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MOTHBALLS! SIMPLE AS THAT, WORKS EVERY TIME..



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