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I recently picked up a 1970 Charger 12 to bring back to life.  The engine sounded real good and didn't smoke.  The hydro didn't have any problems but the mower deck looked like it took a direct hit from a RPG.

I had restored a 42" deck for my Raider so the deck was not a real problem. I also had a 1968 Charger 12 that the guy said I had to take when I picked up a 74 C-120 (I wanted the engine for a spare)

Now I had a "donor" for the 1970Charger

In the process of taking the 70 Charger down to the frame I found that a mouse had made a nest on the box for the motion lever and associated parts.  I found nuts, a fair amount of bedding material and what was left of the mouse.

As I started to put everything back together I needed a part from the 68.  When I took the cover off - this is what I found.  This guy worked REALLY hard building a nice warm place to spend the winter:D

 

My Charger project despite a setback or two is coming along.....one piece at a time:)

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I keep this near every door, under each hood and even under the hood of my truck. Check them from time to time and often have to replace them.

 

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These work well too.

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1 hour ago, 953 nut said:

I keep this near every door, under each hood and even under the hood of my truck. Check them from time to time and often have to replace them.

 

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These work well too.

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 New version plastic snap traps here.... our mice feed Lots of larger predators we don't want to harm so can't use poisons. 

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The amount of crap a mouse can put into a small place is amazing - I filled a 5 gallon bucket with the results in the D's K-482 engine shroud . Luckily - it didn't start to rot out .

 

I agree about using glue traps versus poisons - someone around here is doing some sort of poison and it's killing our town's owls and other predators that feed on mice - I hate that . Also found 4 dead squirrels this year - all signs of poison as with the owls .

 

Restoration is looking great , btw...

 

Sarge

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We have had mouse problems, particularly with our snowmobiles, but also in the Wheel Horses too.  I used to put moth balls in old nylons under the hoods with moderate success,  Last year someone advised to put dryer sheets in under the hoods and I tried it and they seem to work great at keeping mice out.  Oh, and I should add, we have 2 cats, but they are useless, they catch everything but the mice! :)

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6 hours ago, C-85 said:

dryer sheets

Mice are unpredictable little buggers.

I've had them leave droppings ON the dryer sheets left to keep them out. 

@&! $#&

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We have tried each and every one.  Sometimes what worked one fall/winter won't the next year.

The funniest was one time a mouse got his tail stuck on the "sticky paper" under the kitchen cabinet.  Sounded like two wildcats having a fight:lol:

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