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Is shrink wrapping worth it?

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If I plan on storing my boat in a shed, is worth it?

Also would it keep mice out?

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I don't think its worth it. I don't think theres anything that will keep the mice out. Put on a cover and moth ball the heck out of the interior.

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If it was going to be outside, then shrink wrap it. Being inside I wouldn't worry about.

Get a cheap boat cover and some mothballs and you should be fine.

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I store mine in a friends barn. I cover it, and use dryer sheets instead of moth balls. Just put them in all compartments and randomly on the floor. I go check on it monthly or so and add fresh sheets. I have not had any issues with rodents.

P.S. why are you thinking of storage now!@#$ Best time to be on the water is now till ice up! smile

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I did the dryer sheets one year had great sucess and the next year they made nest ot of them I would throw moth balls and a good cover.

I store mine in a friends barn. I cover it, and use dryer sheets instead of moth balls. Just put them in all compartments and randomly on the floor. I go check on it monthly or so and add fresh sheets. I have not had any issues with rodents.

P.S. why are you thinking of storage now!@#$ Best time to be on the water is now till ice up! smile

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i would do it 100%. Not only helps with mice, but keeps the boat clean as well.

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hmm really? Dang man, now I am paranoid. Thats all I need. Damage due to mice! lol.

Moth balls here I come! wink Then again, the farm I store it at has 20 + cats......

I'll give it one more year of dryer sheets laugh

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If you have a cover that fits decent just use that if storing in doors. I do that and just put dryer sheets in compartments. I wouldnt pay the $200 or whatever it is to shrink wrap your boat size if it will be inside.

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Boat cover and peppermint spray for my boats. Even spray the engine compartment. So far so good after 3 winters.

One nice thing about a boat cove. You can check on the interior periodically over the winter just in case the mice get past the odor defenses (drier sheets, moth balls, peppermint, etc). Tough to do with shrink wrapping.

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I bought a $50 tarp and strapped it down. I keep mine in an unattached garage over winter. Even a cheap boat cover is like $200, and winter is the only time i cover my boat anyway.

I simply put the mouse poison on the ground by the tires so they die before they get into the boat.

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They don't die instantly, or at least that quickly. IF they make if past the odor defenses, the boat is gonna probably be the mouses / meces oversized coffin.

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If it's going to be inside I'd skip the shrinkwrap. I would put your cover on it, then buy a blue tarp that'll fit (to keep the bird [PoorWordUsage] off the main cover) and use one of the mouse deterents listed above.

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They don't die instantly, or at least that quickly. IF they make if past the odor defenses, the boat is gonna probably be the mouses / meces oversized coffin.

The blocks that i use, i find them dead with their mouth still in the cookie jar grin

When out on commercial jobs if we see mouse trails or see them shimmying along edging, we put these little blocks out and usually you find the mouse kissing the block the next week. They croak while having their last supper.

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Man you would think something like that would be bad for pets around the place as well.

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Man you would think something like that would be bad for pets around the place as well.

Down to eight lives after a lick on one of those

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Man you would think something like that would be bad for pets around the place as well.

Yes, of course you have to be responsible with them. Most times these are out on commercial properties and we wedge them into a crevis or make sure it is under the lip of a larger boulder or something so it isn't accesible.

For the home, my dogs dont go into the detached garage and we have no kids so no worries there.

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I stand corrected. That stuff sounds nasty. I was assuming the regular rodent blood thinner.

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I like air to be able to circulate. Even when stored outdoors. Moth balls have worked for me but you better remove everything from the boat or else it'll take on that smell.

Remove the mothballs in the Spring.

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