A reader asks the Handyman: Several times when we store our tractor mower in the barn for winter, the mice seem to nest and eat the wires in the motor, causing expensive repairs in the spring. Surrounding the mower and motor with mothballs seemed to prevent nesting and damage for a few winters. But this spring, dead mice, wires chewed, etc. What do you recommend to keep this from happening?
MARILYN, by e-mail
A. I wonder if you could put a light tarp over the tractor with secured ends on the floor. Try putting heavy boards, maybe 4x4s, holding the tarp against the floor. That could work if done right. Or, invest in an animal repellent called Stomp, an Ultra sound device that a caller who told me about it said works well for him. He bought it at an Agway store. Go to Home Depot or Lowe’s to see what they have to offer. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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