Now that I put my rig in the garage Ive been thinking about the mouse urine problem. Are there any thoughts about swabbing some cotton with Fox urine and putting it in a couple of the boats storage areas? CARPIO
My boat has smelled of mothballs for 10 years now. Now when I smell mothballs, I start drooling to go fishing.
I'll also vote for the mothballs. I had my uncles old Mustang sitting at my farm for years . Interior was in fantastic shape . A few mothballs kept it perfect until he picked it up .
Bounce in the drawers inside the house was just mouse toilet paper.
Between my camper, cabins up north, boats, and snowmobiles, I've tried lots of different things over the years.
Dryer sheets have to be replaced monthly (possibly more.) One year the mice made a nest out of dryer sheets in my Bimini Top.
Moth balls work, but they leave your boat smelling like, well moth balls... It's a nasty smell, that takes a few weeks to leave your boat once you uncover it.
For me, the best results have been lavender deodorizers from Menards (picture attached.) They are around 2 bucks a piece, and I buy around 8 of them, and place them all over my boat.
Generally speaking, mice don't like strong odors (moth balls, Irish Spring soap, dryer sheets, peppermint oil, coal, etc.) so any strong odor will do! The lavender deodorizers easily last all winter unlike dryer sheets, and in the spring your boat smells fresh as a lavender breeze lol... Much better smell than moth balls in my opinion.
Also, put steel wool in your prop, and any cavity in your motor cowling larger than a dime. Mice can't chew through steel wool, so you won't have any issues with mice chewing your wiring.
You have to add dryer sheets every month or so as they lose scent over time. Never had a problem doing it that way but I’m definitely going to add Irish Spring. My dirty socks in a storage would be worse than mouse urine.
I am with fltlndr..... Put the dryer sheets in all compartments and the mice loved them and made nests out of them. Back to stinky old moth balls...
The dirty socks alone will do the trick rest of the stuff is just so you don't have to smell the socks
Got it, Fox urine,moth balls, dirty socks,Irish spring flakes,Bounce, traps baited with corn, peppermint oil. CARPIO
4-5 dirty sweat socks with 8-10 mothballs in each with a cable tie over the sock to keep them in and haven't had any snackers in years! You can actually reuse them if you keep them in a container airtight over the warm part of the year!
Moth balls and/or Irish Spring soap shavings inside the boat, corn loaded mouse traps on the floor around it. Dual safety. Never a mouse.