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We have had this problem for YEARS....in the bikes, in the cars, in the van...ate a 4" strip of the seat off on the 75 FLH.....Mostly just plain rats and mice....The best solution was when we purchased a electronic rat trap off eBay....7,000 volts....THIS GETS THE RATS....The rats made beds with the mothballs...they licked up the cayenne pepper powder...yumm.....cheap snap Mouse traps are the most effective "mouse" trap...cheese or peanut butter works good..I use dry cat food in the 7,000 volt trap.....Snap Rat Traps work once....and then never again...It's like the rest of them have a learning curve that teaches the ALL the perils of Rat Traps....I have tried poison bait...they eat it all and come back the next night for more...go figure...
So, in summary, get a electronic trap for rats and set cheap little snap traps for mice....
I have had limited luck with the two flap door metal traps....once you catch a mouse in one of them, THEN you can catch more mice because they catch the sent of the first mouse....May take a while to catch the first one...a little cheese in the metal trap helps...
This is after 15 years of trying everything I could find....

did you ever try ground black pepper? That is what we use in trailers down here in baja left for 6-9 months in fields and has worked on mice.
 

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+2 on the Moth balls idea in area's that are open enough, , , however, , ,rodents hate the strong smell of Vicks Vapo-rub too, , a "film" of it over the area of an inlet or other flat surface will keep 'em away.
 

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So far, regular scent Irish Spring soap has kept them out of my stored classic cars. I put a couple of large shavings of it in mesh bags or old stockings, and toss a couple inside and a couple in the trunk. I hang one under the hood while making sure the bag is out of the way of moving and hot parts. So far no evidence of rats or mice the last 2 winters. Be sure to change out with fresh soap every year because it will dry out and become less effective. There is also a product called Uncle Gus rodent repellent that uses natural herbs and spices mixed with cedar sawdust that mice hate the smell of. To get rid of the urine odor, use this once you vacuum up the pills. NATURE'S MIRACLE Cat Enzymatic Urine Destroyer, 1-gal bottle - Chewy.com
 
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