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Work is good, customers pay but the mice are killing me!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kgrebs, May 10, 2004.

  1. Kgrebs

    Kgrebs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I run a total Exmark fleet of machines and am having the worst problem this year with mice making nests in my mowers nightly. Does anyone have any helpful tips to keep the mice out of my machines? I've done traps, poison and even mothballs and they are still killing me. Thanks for the help.
  2. metro-hp_48

    metro-hp_48 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 874

    Saw an email someone received, and by no means say it will work, but there was a tip for mice control. I'll paste it here.
    (some other suggestion in the email concerning Bounce, really work. Might really work.....who knows?

    Bounce Fabric Softener........

    "It also repels mice.. spread them around foundation areas, or in trailers, cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle."

    Couldn't hurt to put a few on the mowers, and try it.
    Have seen crazier things work.
  3. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Go to the pound and get the meanest, scariest looking , food starved cat, and lock him in the garage at night with the mowers...no more mice, but you may need a dog to get your mowers out in the morning...lol..

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  4. metro-hp_48

    metro-hp_48 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 874

    Isn't that what happened with the Pied Piper?
  5. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Vanilla air fresheners work real well at keeping them out of farm machinery, tractors , trucks , etc.
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    were the hack are you storing them............. if it's that much of a problem put moth balls everywhere
  7. Kgrebs

    Kgrebs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I am storing them in an unattached garage at my house. It is in need of some repair but that cost money!!! Moth balls, they have been stacking those like they are getting ready to bowl with them! Thanks for the other tips!
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    You must have dog food somewhere nearby because if you're using the right bait they will eat it. Where are you storing your equipment, a Mexican restaurant? That's the only place I've seen mice that bad. Seriously though, get some good bait in proper bait stations, place them everywhere. Also, wear rubber gloves when handling bait to keep your scent off it.
  9. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    Antifreeze sandwiches work great, keep it way from the pets though.

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