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2nd year in a row now that I’ve pulled dead, red-backed voles, out of the air box! They are crawling into the air box, when It is parked for the Winter... For some reason they can get in, but, not out. When you find them, they are dried up... Anybody put a screen or something over the opening on these air boxes?
I’m going to have to take it apart and come up with a fix. It is generally too cold to ride in Dec/Jan up here...
 

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Use a hot glue gun and coarse screen to block the intake tube or the airbox.

Hot glue can be removed if you don’t like it and can also be reworked with a hair dryer.
And use mothballs in the airbox.
There’s also no his stuff called rodent stopper; i spray it in my shed seems to keep out rodents
 

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run a snorkel and put a plug in the end when you park it
I was just looking at snorkel kits over on the highlifter site. The stealth model might work, I can’t see enough on the site to figure it out. The standard snorkel sticking straight up, would get knocked off in no time, running through the thick forest up here.
 

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Use a hot glue gun and coarse screen to block the intake tube or the airbox.

Hot glue can be removed if you don’t like it and can also be reworked with a hair dryer.
And use mothballs in the airbox.
There’s also no his stuff called rodent stopper; i spray it in my shed seems to keep out rodents
That sounds like a quick fix, using a screen. Never ending ordeal up here, if it isn’t shrews or voles getting in there, it’s squirrels stashing spruce cones everywhere! The weasels and marten used to come through here and clean house on the rodents, they have been slacking lately...
 

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Use a hot glue gun and coarse screen to block the intake tube or the airbox.

Hot glue can be removed if you don’t like it and can also be reworked with a hair dryer.
And use mothballs in the airbox.
There’s also no his stuff called rodent stopper; i spray it in my shed seems to keep out rodents
That sounds like a quick fix, using a screen. Never ending ordeal up here, if it isn’t shrews or voles getting in there, it’s squirrels stashing spruce cones everywhere! The weasels and marten used to come through here and clean house on the rodents, they have been slacking lately...
Trappers! Lol!
 

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moles and mice are a huge issue for me here on anything left outside
I tried a lot of things and won't say any worked that great., as its NOT just the air box that gets filled here, but also, wires get chewed on
moth balls don;t work here,
a screen on air box, can help keep mice out, but I then found I get a lot of spiders making nests and then things don;'t flow right(summer time) with them plugging up the screen like!

they do sell exhaust plugs, you can use to PLUG the air box hole over storage time, if you just wanted to do this, if your only issue's are over winter storage?
I have yet to find a spray that keeps them out /off atv all together, or from chewing wires
wish someone would make something better than what is out there now LOL
as I however have to park things indoors where no small critter can get to them! or move them a LOT
 

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What about them sonic sound devices that keep squirrels and rats away
big money, for those that sell them. money down the tubes for those that buy..
mickey were getting in me mom's doublewide. i put steel wool in the corners. they wernt capped off at the bottom. the vinyl sidding, has gaps too, there i went around the house with, sheet metal, for duct work. i had it cut into strips, then bent at a right angle. it was thin metal. $$....i think it was bent at 5/16", down 1 3/4" .. i did have to put insert's in the concrete to hold the strips up. 5/16" was enough to be under the siding.
"ah aint saying, that when the 4' snake, got in her house, on the corner where my pc is set up, and was above me head, crawling on the concrete basement wall, at the top of the wall, got me motivated, to take care of both problems at once" :smile
aint had a mickey, nor a slither, since. screen is good!!
 

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Maybe put up owl boxes and blast Frank Zappa music!!!
 

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the sonic things are JUNK<> WE tried all sorts of them at our hunting camps that sit empty for several months at a time some times
now have helped with mice, spiders or what ever
\ had better luck using a radio and assorted lights on timers, seems sounds of humans and light would keep mice away better INDOORS, but didn't help us at all in our buildings/sheds garages barns and such!

my other hunting property, I tore things down pretty good and filled in ever hole crack and crevice I could find with expandable foam or caulking, and been about 18 yrs now sicne I seen a moue inside the place,, spiders YES, but no mice!
it was a LOT of work, and detailed work to find and fill all places, but since I was re doing a lot of it at the time, it was worth it to me

Now, outside or other buildings that have just too many places for them to squeeze into, its been a non stop battle , I have cats here, foxes, coons, and USED to have a lot of Owl's
not sure what happened to all my owl's, as the past yr or so, they all seemed to go MIA on me, and I can tell when ever there numbers get low, as skunks start to show up here.
Owl's will eat skunks , so when I start to see skunks, I know I am missing owl's, and last night a skunk blasted a coon on my DECK, and today all the more so I am really wishing I had my Owl's back LOL

been getting a few inches of rain ever day lately and for once I am HAPPY its raining!
hoping it washes away the funk!


got about 10 inches of train this month so far!, WAY above average for the month, and the YR so far, were actually setting a ace to break last yrs record rain fall amounts, as were PAST lasts yrs rainfall for this time already>>

rain every other day is NOT fun folks
 

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Use a hot glue gun and coarse screen to block the intake tube or the airbox.

Hot glue can be removed if you don’t like it and can also be reworked with a hair dryer.
And use mothballs in the airbox.
There’s also no his stuff called rodent stopper; i spray it in my shed seems to keep out rodents
I finally got to putting screen over my intake opening while I had it off doing the cylinder head rebuild on my Rancher. Finally, no more needing to remember to put pine scented car air fresheners in the airbox every year....



 

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Use a hot glue gun and coarse screen to block the intake tube or the airbox.

Hot glue can be removed if you don’t like it and can also be reworked with a hair dryer.
And use mothballs in the airbox.
There’s also no his stuff called rodent stopper; i spray it in my shed seems to keep out rodents
I finally got to putting screen over my intake opening while I had it off doing the cylinder head rebuild on my Rancher. Finally, no more needing to remember to put pine scented car air fresheners in the airbox every year....



I am not sure that is small enough mesh to stop a field mouse
they can squeeze thru some real small openings, as there skulls are flexable
MIGHT want to test things
get another sections of pipe and put some corn or peanuts in it, and place it where they are known to be and see if they get em

or maybe double the layer of that mesh and have it cocver things smaller would be my vote!

Sorry if too late already and your all back together
but
I seen them get into some real tight places over the yrs and fill things with corn! and crap to nest!
 

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I am not sure that is small enough mesh to stop a field mouse
they can squeeze thru some real small openings, as there skulls are flexable
MIGHT want to test things
get another sections of pipe and put some corn or peanuts in it, and place it where they are known to be and see if they get em

or maybe double the layer of that mesh and have it cocver things smaller would be my vote!

Sorry if too late already and your all back together
but
I seen them get into some real tight places over the yrs and fill things with corn! and crap to nest!
That mesh looks bigger in the pic. Goes to show how small that snorkel inlet is on the 400AT? It's 1/4" mesh, so a dime would almost go across 3 squares. Not a bad idea though, I just may test it anyway since I'm using the same screen on my garage floor drain daylight exist pipe. I've never had signs of mice in my garage so I think it is working though.

https://www.twpinc.com/wire-mesh-by-project/pest-control/mouse-control-meshes basically same size I used and that's what they sell it for.

It ended up taking almost no time for the kid to help me put it on though, so if the mesh is determined to be too big, I'll put tighter stuff on right away. But if good going to start doing the rest in the fleet.
 

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yeah it looks larger in pic, than maybe it is

I have same screen like that, but gather mine is larger holes in it, and that was why I said what I said, as I seen them get in thru it here!

all the more so if there baby mice, them suckers can be pretty darn small LOL
 

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double the layer of that mesh and have it cocver things smaller would be my vote!
^^ that would be my vote too, OR storm door (what i used) mesh, this mesh will stop the smallest of pest, i don't worry too much about mice, it's the mud dobbers N wasp That cause issues, and dont forget, there was the issue fish had with a wasp nest in his snorkel ... So.... I'd bullet proof it as best i could.
 

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atv has been sitting for a while, so long i near forget. sciatica, is something ya dont want. i fractured a disk. well, too much told. when out the other day, seen a wasp go in, an maybe, another came out, of the exhaust. so i get the Raid., tried repel, it was the foamy kind, didnt do much, though i like the repel 40%deet, over deep woods off.
where was i, oh yeah,, bout 14 to 16 wasp came out, i scooted back into the house, just in case. then i sprayed again later, after dark. i sprayed one more time for good luck, when nothing happened i got a flashlight, looked inside, probed with a wire, and found, it aint to far, before ya blocked,by a peice of metal... that means the nest is somewhere else in the muffler, is a nest.
wasp nest are tuff. i think i got more, than a potentially plugged muffler.
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have ya all covered a clog, on the exhaust?
 
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