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Mouse nest on spreader motor.

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Lawnscape89, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    It seems to happen every year. I store my spreaders on a farm that is seldom used and near fields (but in a garage). The first year it happened, I didn't find it until it almost caught fire (on a different spreader). Now, it's one of the first things I check when getting them ready. It's just a pain. In the first pic, you can barely see the problem. Last year, I found a snake skin in there. Guess he was looking for dinner:) . Maybe I should put poison in there to keep 'em out, but I'm not sure if that'll work. Has anyone else ever had this problem?

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  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    No farm cats ?
  3. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    No, just a crop farm. No house, etc., just out buildings.
  4. KCB

    KCB Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    Why not just leave the engine cover off when you store it? And put some moth balls on and around it too. That should keep them away. And if they come back just shoot em!
    :gunsfiring: http://en.t45ol.com/play/94/kill-mouse.html
  5. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    Never thought about leaving the cover off! I guess if there's no place to hide, they'll go somewhere else. Moth balls? I'm not to sure I feel like catching a bunch of moths and then .... Oh, you mean the kind in a box .:blush2: Probably safer than poison, too. Thanks.

    PS: Thanks for the cool game but I could'nt hit him. I'll keep trying.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2006
  6. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

  7. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    Mouse problem

    Maybe a couple of farm cats would do the trick.

    Ray Grimes
  8. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,142

    Stuff ether steel wool or aluminum foil around that area before you store it but make it easiy to remove it without taking off the cover. Also, make sure that you put some in the exhaust and air breather openings too.
  9. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    That sucks...

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    that will happen!

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    yep this year and last as a matter of fact we found the same thing, same spot, i always check it when gettinf ready for winter, i also found a nest in the air filter of our 88 ford dump as well this year, lol they were getting into the cab and pulling cotten from the seat, and climbing back into the engine bay to make the nest, they are tricky little guys thats for sure.
  12. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    Been there, done that.