See that curious look on this little guy’s face? Well it’s all good and fun until he turns toward your tractor! When rodents get inside the engine bay of your equipment, they can turn your tractor into a meal (or maybe a storage locker for chestnuts) and make quick work of your pocketbook by causing costly damage.
The most common symptom of rodent infestation of your engine bay is wiring that has been chewed and you’re going to notice that pretty quickly the next time you go to fire up your machine. In addition to wiring, rodents will sink their teeth into hydraulic hoses, belts, seat cushions, and almost anything else they can gnaw on. But without getting into all of the ways rodents can damage your equipment, let’s just say it’s a bad thing and taking a few steps to deter them could save you a bunch in repair costs and headaches.
So, how to solve this problem? We’ve got six tips from our members who have been down this road before. Some have seen great results, while others remain in a battle with the rodents. Hopefully something in this article will help.
Close the front door!
First thing’s first. If you’re storing your tractor and equipment somewhere that is covered (be it a barn, shed, or garage), you will want to seal the spaces and holes that could allow easy entry for rodents. Once they find a way in, they will consider it a viable home and may never leave as they multiple and found food sources. First step is keeping them out.