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Unfortunately I have to store my scooters on the back patio. They are kept in the shade under a 10'x14' patio roof and covered with Dowco Weatherguard covers.

I think I have sun and weather exposure covered, but my bigger concern is with rodents that may wish to spend a night in an engine compartment munching on tasty wires, hoses, and the like.

Any recommendations on how to deter the little bastards? I've thought of putting a tray of rat poison on one floorboard of each scoot, and a tray of mothballs on the other. Another option may be to put them both in the pet carrier of each scooter. Any input from the jury that is MV?

For the record, I do have a well-mannered Boxer that I want to keep out of harm's way and there's no way to separate her from the scooter area. I'd rather lose the scooters than her.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and ideas!
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Re: Rodent-proofing scooters - any ideas?
Jet Peddler wrote:
Unfortunately I have to store my scooters on the back patio. They are kept in the shade under a 10'x14' patio roof and covered with Dowco Weatherguard covers.

I think I have sun and weather exposure covered, but my bigger concern is with rodents that may wish to spend a night in an engine compartment munching on tasty wires, hoses, and the like.

Any recommendations on how to deter the little bastards? I've thought of putting a tray of rat poison on one floorboard of each scoot, and a tray of mothballs on the other. Another option may be to put them both in the pet carrier of each scooter. Any input from the jury that is MV?

For the record, I do have a well-mannered Boxer that I want to keep out of harm's way and there's no way to separate her from the scooter area. I'd rather lose the scooters than her.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and ideas!
While the foxes, raccoons, and possums usually keep them away I use mothballs year around because it doesn't freeze much if at all during the winter. This winter was unusual because we got 2 weeks with snow and ice. One in December and one in January. Pretty much paralyzes the city and forces me to use the cage instead of the scooter. But that's another story.
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Falling back on my amazing powers of google-fu, I've learned that mothballs may not be as effective as I'd originally thought. Now I'm scratching my head, back to ground-zero.
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Drier sheets (fabric softeners) are said to work.
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Soak cotton balls with peppermint oil and place them near and under your pet carrier. Rodents don't like the smell of peppermint.
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Sticky traps?
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it's weird that we only get folk on the other side of the Atlantic with mice living in their scooters. Is it because you guys just don't ride your bikes that much? Too much posting and not enough riding?
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With all these fruited plains come well-fed rodentia and other flora and fauna. One of the disadvantages of living in the land of milk and honey
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it's weird that we only get folk on the other side of the Atlantic with mice living in their scooters. Is it because you guys just don't ride your bikes that much? Too much posting and not enough riding?
Hey! lol

When I bought my scooter the sales guy told me the average scooter owner in America puts 600 miles a year on their ride. In the 4 years I owned mine I put just over 14,000 miles. I love riding and did so regularly.
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Falling back on my amazing powers of google-fu, I've learned that mothballs may not be as effective as I'd originally thought. Now I'm scratching my head, back to ground-zero.
I've never seen any evixence.or.mice on or around my scooter but after seeing nests under the hood of tbe cage I began to put them there as well and no more signs there either.
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Soak cotton balls with peppermint oil and place them near and under your pet carrier. Rodents don't like the smell of peppermint.
Google-fu lists this and a myth. Rats and mice apparently have little or no issue with peppermint oil.
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it's weird that we only get folk on the other side of the Atlantic with mice living in their scooters. Is it because you guys just don't ride your bikes that much? Too much posting and not enough riding?
No, I just think your thieves are quicker than your rats.
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With all these fruited plains come well-fed rodentia and other flora and fauna. One of the disadvantages of living in the land of milk and honey
yes but it is still not a green and pleasant land Razz emoticon
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Mothballs or scented dryer sheets.
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Just put a feral cat in the pet carrier, that way its not a pet.
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yes but it is still not a green and pleasant land Razz emoticon
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Just put a feral cat in the pet carrier, that way its not a pet.
I think this idea has merit.

Anyone know how to remove the smell of cat urine from a scooter?
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Jet Peddler wrote:
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Just put a feral cat in the pet carrier, that way its not a pet.
I think this idea has merit.

Anyone know how to remove the smell of cat urine from a scooter?
Yes. http://antiickypoo.com/anti-icky-poo-original-pint/

A non-feral cat to play with your boxer seems the easiest solution.
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Just put a feral cat in the pet carrier, that way its not a pet.
I think this idea has merit.

Anyone know how to remove the smell of cat urine from a scooter?
moth balls or dryer sheets should remove any cat residue.
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The cat urine might be a great deterrent to rodents and riding.
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The cat urine might be a great deterrent to rodents and riding.
That's exactly my fear.
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Just put a feral cat in the pet carrier, that way its not a pet.
I think this idea has merit.

Anyone know how to remove the smell of cat urine from a scooter?
Get a spray used to remove pet urine oders, Walmart might carry it in their pet dept, pet stores carry it and it does work, spray area heavily, let it dry...repeat if needed. it should not harm the paint, but I have never tried it on electronics so I'd be careful about just where I sprayed it..
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mouse problem
Own a cat. Works here
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I've heard that peppermint oil or moth balls work well in eliminating cat urine ordor!!!

Actually, the product that works well for such odors is Nature's Miracle, an enzyme cleaner that really does the job on all sorts of pet problems. Ask me how I know!!
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Just to get this thread back on track, and I'm probably most responsible for derailing it...

I'm looking for simple ways to deter rodents from visiting my scooter. I'm NOT getting another pet and I don't have a rodent problem per se. I just want to make sure my scoots never have one.
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I live in a rural area of New England. Mice rule here. It's all I can do to control them in the house, outside...

I'm now waiting to get my scooter back from the shop.

Mice made a home on top of my gas tank and dined on the (soy) insulation of wiringleading to my fuel pump, shorting it out.

Replacement fuel pump, solenoid, repair wires and installation will cost me about $800.

You bet I'll be doing something to repel them.

Funny thing is, my neighbor's cat used to crawl under the cover and sleep on the seat when it rained, she didn't help me a bit!!
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Put a few traps on the floor baited with peanut butter. Keep the dog away. Or under cover on floorboard. That should be safe for the dog.
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Has anyone tried the plug-in ultrasonic devices? My friend has one plugged in in their conservatory, and it stops the local squirrels coming onto the patio.
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Has anyone tried the plug-in ultrasonic devices? My friend has one plugged in in their conservatory, and it stops the local squirrels coming onto the patio.
The dog won't like it.
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Has anyone tried the plug-in ultrasonic devices? My friend has one plugged in in their conservatory, and it stops the local squirrels coming onto the patio.
The dog won't like it.
I have not had reason to use such things, but the specifications on my friends unit states that it will not affect domestic pets. I believe that you can get units that will deter dogs and cats from coming onto your property, so i suppose that they work on different frequencies.
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With some decking lumber and pool liner, make a moat around your scoot. It wouldn't have to be very deep, but I'm sure mice would rather not swim just to investigate. Rats - perhaps.

You could make it a patio 'feature'.
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With some decking lumber and pool liner, make a moat around your scoot. It wouldn't have to be very deep, but I'm sure mice would rather not swim just to investigate. Rats - perhaps.

You could make it a patio 'feature'.
This was precisely my original plan!

The little rat bastards chewed holes in the pool liner.
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With some decking lumber and pool liner, make a moat around your scoot. It wouldn't have to be very deep, but I'm sure mice would rather not swim just to investigate. Rats - perhaps.

You could make it a patio 'feature'.
This was precisely my original plan!

The little rat bastards chewed holes in the pool liner.
Time to brush up your fibreglass skills.
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Build a pallet height platform as a scooter base and install 3 or 4 inch "L" shaped roof flashing all around with the "L" pointing out. Rats will not be able to climb around the "L"
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Build a pallet height platform as a scooter base and install 3 or 4 inch "L" shaped roof flashing all around with the "L" pointing out. Rats will not be able to climb around the "L"
The moat sounded easier. 8)
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Build a pallet height platform as a scooter base and install 3 or 4 inch "L" shaped roof flashing all around with the "L" pointing out. Rats will not be able to climb around the "L"
The moat sounded easier. 8)
Go for broke - build a pond with an island in the middle, complete with drawbridge.
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