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I keep my sled in a clamshell trailer during the offseason. What is the best way to keep mice out? I had some bait traps in the trailer, so the mice I got didn't survive. But I had a giant nest in the belly pan, and they also set up shop underneath the console, while chewing through a couple wires. Nothing major, easy to fix. But it is a stinky PITA.

I suspect they are getting into the trailer through the slots on the floor that the tie down bars slide back and forth in. So...what do you do to keep mice out of your trailers? I really don't want to deal with this crap anymore. 

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try to plug up holes, even if its only in the offseason to keep pests out

more bait traps

i pepper my machine with dryer sheets when stored, havent had an issue yet, maybe just lucky or perhaps the dryer sheets work....not sure. but i also keep it stored on a lift which may help. 

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I've never had any luck keeping mice out of anything.  I had moth balls in an old sock in my snowmobile one year - the mice made a nest with the sock.  I had dryer sheets in my lawnmower out in the shed - the mice made a nest with the dryer sheets.  I have a car that I store for the winter, and I keep bait traps on top of the engine, but every year the spark plug holes still get filled with acorns and crap.  I really hate mice.

The only thing I have found that works is cats.  I have a large basement, and two cats, so I keep everything that will fit in my basement now.  Had one mouse get in the house a few years ago in an old vintage sled that I brought inside.  The cats made sure it didn't make it through the night.

Anyway, good luck with your mice problems.  I feel your pain...

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Mice suck ! I had a truck in my shop a while back that would not start. Out of hundreds of wires, they chewed through the one that supplies key power to the ECM.

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All I've ever used is moth balls. Sleds and Spyder, at least for close to 20 years. Never had a mouse issue. I am generous with them.

Some swear by them others as said prior have no luck. I guess it's the soy used in some wiring that draws them.

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I bought 20 mouse traps this year, and have caught over 40 mice since September. I reuse them too, just wear gloves.

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I have had good luck with mothballs over the years.  The one time I tried dryer sheets, the mouse ate it.

As for traps, these plastic snap traps that Victor has now work much better than the old style wood base traps.  The mouse has to stand on the trigger to reach the bait.

Victor Power Kill mousetrap

The second wire loop lets you release the victim and reset the trap without handling the part that was in contact with the rodent.

 

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I run a trap line from my basement, to my garage, to my cabin, to my storage trailer, and have never checked them when there wasn't something there. They are persistent, dumb and do immeasurable damage to air boxes, wiring, seat foam and anything else that tickles their fancy. Wished I had kept score, but I know the number would be very high.

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They have beat me down.  I was recently forced to sell of three of my highest ended vintage sleds before they got damaged. What I do now is on my enclosed I tape up the holes in floor with duct tape, toss in a couple bait stations.  I may even toss some dryer sheets in there next time.  In my car hauler I stuffed fiberglass insulation in where it looked like they could get in, put bait stations and freshcab or grandpas mouse deterrent organic packs......Traffic seems low but I bet they are still visiting.  My 40' RV I sprayed the whole underneath with mouse away which is peppermint spearmint scented oil, and put fresh cab packs in several areas.....Aint seen them in there yet.....but I also don't store it in my yard all winter, it goes to a storage facility for 6 months.  No way would I dare store it outside all winter..imagine the carnage they would do in a class a coach/bus.  OMG   

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On ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 3:59 PM, AdrenalineJunky said:

  My 40' RV I sprayed the whole underneath with mouse away which is peppermint spearmint scented oil,   

MMM, maybe that would be a good refreshing ride if I sprayed my sled down with that! Like riding a life saver LOL

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ICG    5

 

 

Personally,  I feed them very  well,    that is to say that  I feed them all the rat bait that they can eat!

Tom Cat   rat  bait  boxes   with    rat bars  and the  pelletized  rat  bait...  mice seem to think the  tiny  granular  bait  is a gourmet treat...

 

Frito Lay  puts lots of these  bait  boxes  along the perimeter of there distribution systems...

 

Mice traps....put them perpendicular &  touching the edge   of the wall  ....   rodents like to run along the sides of the building etc... Peanut butter on the traps works great

 

the round ones  are pretty fool proof, but  you only get one  use per trap...but a great last line of defense in a trailer...

 

there are multi  use  traps  that use bait   and glue strips to catch multiple  mice....

 

Saw  one odd  homeade  trap...it was a 5 gallon pail....  bottom  with some water...the top had a  beer can smeared with peanut butter  with a   coat hanger  through the centers...making a roller  for the  critters to  run up the stick on the side  of the pail allowing them  to   jump on  the can  to get to the  bait...they fall and drown in the water / antifreeze

 

To keep them out of cracks & crevices....stuff the hole with   STEEL WOOL...it's impervious to them

 

Sadly,  it's a never ending challenge to bait  and trap  the nuisances!

 

 

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On 12/9/2017 at 4:52 PM, Patriot said:

I keep my sled in a clamshell trailer during the offseason. What is the best way to keep mice out? I had some bait traps in the trailer, so the mice I got didn't survive. But I had a giant nest in the belly pan, and they also set up shop underneath the console, while chewing through a couple wires. Nothing major, easy to fix. But it is a stinky PITA.

I suspect they are getting into the trailer through the slots on the floor that the tie down bars slide back and forth in. So...what do you do to keep mice out of your trailers? I really don't want to deal with this crap anymore. 

Well, as it turns out, when I said "nothing major, easy fix", boy was I wrong. 

I was up in Pittsburg last week. Towards the end of the day, I kept getting an engine light, and sled would go into limp mode. After a few mins, re-start would get me several more miles. We tried a trailside repair with electrical tape on the wires behind the speedometer. But I barely made it back to a road before it died completely. We were on trail 127 I think, a few miles north of 1st Conn Lake. Thankfully we crossed Rt 3 about 5 miles from the Canadian border, which is where I stopped. The other guys kept going and came back with truck/trailer to get me.

Anyway, got it to the shop, where they diagnosed the damage. Mice had chewed through the wiring harness behind the speedometer, the ignition coil, around the headlight, and the fuel sending unit wires. All said and done, it is going to cost me over $1k to fix. Sled is a 2009 Ski Doo 600 etec, so lots of electrical stuff going on. Parts alone will be over $700.

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Fukn mice! Any time you can stomp on one it's a good feeling. They ruin everything!

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I swear they put PEANUT BUTTER in ALL Electrial wiring !!! 

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Its been a banner year for these pests.Been catching one at least every couple days all winter.Just when I think I've got them all I catch another.I stopped catching,but still heard them in wall.Maybe pb goes bad.I cleaned up a few traps and put out some more new ones with tomcat bait mix.When that slowed down I added some smoked gouda and caught 4 in 6 hours.Nothing for two weeks,I hope they are gone for now.I'm tiredof cleaning out the silverware drawer.

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Be nice if the manufacturers addressed this problem.

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I recently heard that mice like wireing so much because the insulation is a Soy base. It sounds crazy but the little bastards eat it.

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Read the same article.

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A couple car companies did try the soy-based wire insulation, but mice have been chewing on cables and wires for many years. Riding mowers and snowblowers from the 1970's have this problem, and nobody was using "green" wiring then. (Tecumseh snowmobile engines ignition coils seem to be a favorite hangout and dining hall for mice) There are 100 ways to eliminate the problem, and some of those ways might even work, sometimes. Bounce dryer sheets (floral scent) are sometimes suggested.

Honda sells a rodent-resistant tape to put on electrical wiring. They were suspected of having the soy-based wiring so promoted the tape.The tape contains hot pepper.

Of course, Amazon carries it.

https://www.amazon.com/Honda-4019-2317-Rodent-Tape/dp/B00AJTG3N0 

 

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I wonder how they would like antifreeze?Maybe leave a cup of it in the belly pan of the sled. Can't let any pets near it .

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That could work, as long as they don't die in some hiding spot, could get stinky. 

A You Tube search of Mouse Trap Bucket will show you how to catch and contain, seems to work well.

 

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