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> The bane of a stored car, saw this on the MGB GT site
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post Oct 9 2018, 12:14 PM
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post Oct 9 2018, 12:24 PM
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"Wazzup, yo?"

(I think you meant "bane"...)
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post Oct 9 2018, 12:45 PM
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I certainly did thank you very much.

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"Wazzup, yo?"

(I think you meant "bane"...)

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post Oct 9 2018, 01:29 PM
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My brother got into his 87 Carrera the other day, he drives it every few weeks, he was taking his son to soccer and non of the gauges were working, stuff his head back there, all chewed.
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post Oct 9 2018, 01:54 PM
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Ha! Neotoma floridana (guessing from your location). The eastern wood rat. Once had one of those little buggers steal a full 5 gallon bucket of grapes I accidentally left on the step one night. Empty bucket and a trail of scrapes leading to its midden.

Had another one chew through a set of spark plug wires in our Nissan. Sixty dollars to replace them only to have the little bastard chew through the second set that same night.

But the best was when I couldn't figure out why our garden shed smelled like crap - literally. Finally spent a day cleaning it out and mystery was solved when I pulled a box off a shelf to have several pounds of dried dog turds cascade down on me. Anyone remember the ping pong balls on Captain Kangaroo? Just like that, only dog turds. Three shelves full of them!!!
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post Oct 9 2018, 02:35 PM
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A friend of mine had had a V-8 engine with headers sitting in his shop. Cute littlle mousey decided to find a home, crawled up the header ,went into a cylinder through an open exhaust valve. Came and went many times over the cold months, brought in small nuts, and other crap to eat, made a home, used the bathroon in the 'fresh' motor, which rusted and corroded the cylinder/piston/valve. (pissed t on)

They will travel into places you would never think possible and they never make things better.

I hate those mices to pieces.
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post Oct 9 2018, 02:44 PM
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I keep 5 mousetraps setup in my garage for this very reason. Sometimes I'll have 5 dead mice. But, I think they are starting to learn as I haven't caught one in months (and no trace of them around).

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post Oct 9 2018, 03:23 PM
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Works every time


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post Oct 9 2018, 03:56 PM
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I'm setting one of these up in my shop. The mice are coming more with the weather changes...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SIlYiiCGLI
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post Oct 9 2018, 04:03 PM
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That is one great picture. Thanks. Reminds me to tend the TR6
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post Oct 9 2018, 07:11 PM
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Oh crap reminds me to re bait the trap in my garage. Haven't got any yet, hope I never do.
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post Oct 9 2018, 07:18 PM
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I found that moth balls on cookie sheets under the car, and a whole bunch of bounce/febreeze drier sheets inside a closed up car tends to keep them away for the winter.

A week prior to using the car I replace the bounce with a box of baking soda on cookie sheets inside the car...that removes any odor.
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post Oct 9 2018, 10:32 PM
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QUOTE(bandjoey @ Oct 9 2018, 01:23 PM) *

Works every time

Our old shop was on the East River in Brooklyn, so the rats were big, like my chihuahua big. The guy behind us had a bakery, he got a cat, it lasted three days, they shreaded it.
Mice maybe, but rats travel in packs if needed.
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post Oct 9 2018, 11:28 PM
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The bane of modern cars, too. And not just Porsches.

I shared a hangar with a couple of friends for a couple of years. One of them asked me to move his GT3 RS to my office so he could swap with his 993. I noticed some water on the pavement under his car after the hangar was all closed up. Looked like too much for A/C system drip, so I popped the engine lid. Rodents had chewed up a lot of the hoses as well as a fair bit of the wiring. Bill to put things right with factory harnesses, hoses, etc? $25,000~. There was also an older Lexus LX470 in there, too. They did about $16,000 in damage to that...totaling what was a very nice and useful vehicle to have around. Turns out the rodents really like the modern, more recyclable materials for hoses and wiring insulation. Soy-based stuff.

While my 914 was left unscathed (maybe the smelly carbs helped?), I was storing a modern car in the hangar that I was about to sell, and feared the worst. Turned out my local dealer knows all the stuff to look for with rodents...as they see the damage fairly often. While my other car was fine also, a friend soon chimed in, as his neighbors parked their Cayenne outside and left it outside for two weeks when they were on vacation. When they returned, they thought they had a dead battery. Instead, it was $28k in rodent damage. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)
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post Oct 10 2018, 07:22 AM
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QUOTE(r_towle @ Oct 9 2018, 06:18 PM) *

I found that moth balls on cookie sheets under the car, and a whole bunch of bounce/febreeze drier sheets inside a closed up car tends to keep them away for the winter.

A week prior to using the car I replace the bounce with a box of baking soda on cookie sheets inside the car...that removes any odor.


Yep drier sheets seem to work for me...been using them for years.
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post Oct 10 2018, 07:43 AM
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Some mice build small nest and some build.....Attached Image
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post Oct 10 2018, 08:48 AM
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that picture is classic, LOL
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post Oct 10 2018, 09:19 AM
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QUOTE(Front yard mechanic @ Oct 10 2018, 07:43 AM) *

Some mice build small nest and some build.....


That's a wood rat nest. Classic!
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post Oct 10 2018, 09:41 AM
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Plastic bucket of water, pop can with a dowel thru it, smear some peanut butter on the can, place on rim of bucket. Set one each corner of store room, near something that they can get on the dowel. Check bait 2-3 times a week.
They fall in the water, can't get up the bucket, dead.... mouse Auschwitz.

I put a bit of prestone in the water, stops the dead carcasses from smelling.

Fresh dryer sheets also work, but you should change them every month.
Also when storing I put a tray of silica crystal desiccant cat litter in the car.
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post Oct 10 2018, 10:28 AM
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maybe that is why I have never had mice in my Jag! (LOL)

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Works every time
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