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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Mouse in the trunk

Got ready to take my wife on a picnic at Queen Wihelmina State Park. We were going to leave early and enjoy some cooler weather as we rode the Talimena Trail to our destination. Then I opened the trunk to find this mouse nest. Ugh. Seven baby mice on my bald-guy hat. The mom used my bike registration to line the nest. It took a while to sort that out. Even after cleaning out the trunk, the smell that lingers is gross. We did end up having a nice ride and picnic. I'm hoping to be able to salvage the hat. It is one of the few that fit. I gave the mouse babies to my next door neighbor, who is going to give them to a friend who has a snake.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 03:26 PM
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You might want to check the Air filter also, I've had them build a nest in there also.
Check you local hardware store for Victor Sent Away mouse relent, it comes 3 capsule to a pack. One last 60 day, the are mint sent it repels mice and works well, hang it from the rear crash bar.
Also I put a screen over the input the air filter. Used 1/4 hardware screen, cut it 2 inches long and 2 inches wider then needed, then cut an inch out of each corner, place over the input and fold the tabs down and tape in place with a strip of Duct tape.

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I had signs of a mouse in my trunk a few years ago. I put a Tom Cat bait station in there and no more issues. I can see through the transparent cover where some of the bait had been gnawed on. I decorate my bike and riding gear with dryer sheets in the fall as well.

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When I bought my 89 GL1500 3 years ago I found a mouse nest in the breather box. Cleaned it out and had been parking in an old granary (no grain in it for 30 + years) and found mice several times in the trunk. I started keeping 2 small bags of moth balls near both wheels when i park it and I've had no signs for the last 2 years.

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I keep a bait box in my trunk. Once took a 170 mile trip only to see one scurry out of the trunk. Black Cat treats for them all of the time, now.
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I've heard using Irish Spring bar soap works as a deterrent for many rodents.
Try wiping down the interior of the trunk with lemon juice (grocery store bottle type will do), same with hand washing the hat with it.
As mentioned, prevention rather than cure is the ticket. And yes, screen your intakes and I'd silicone the grommet accesses to the trunk and bags.

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I use Cab Fresh, in vehicles, campers, under ATV seats, and in Goldwing trunks. Really strong peppermint smell. Since I started using it, I've never found a mint-scented mouse.

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When we had our RV we out dryer sheets on the vents and in a few other places in the RV. Never had a problem with rodents. But again, we took the RV out about 2 times a month so it didn'y sit parked very long. Navae had a problem with any thing like that on my bike.

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go to the local hardware store and but the plug--in 110 socket (nise emmiters. they workgreat. better than moth balls
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like I need to learn how to dig down to the air filter. I'll get some mouse repellent too. I found an open bag of bird seed which I think has been providing sustenance for the little vermin. Weekend projects are stacking up.
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