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Old 04-03-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
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My MR2's been stationary in my garage for about four months now (moved into new-to-us house in Nov), and when I went to hook up the battery charger yesterday I popped the hood and surprised a little mouse dude who looked at me with an "Oh ****!" look before diving down behind the battery and disappearing.

As far as I can tell he hasn't chewed through anything, and was kind enough to leave all the eight or ten nuts he was munching on in a neat pile on top of the left-front strut, so that's cool. However, I'd prefer to keep him and his buddies out next season.

Any suggestions? I wouldn't know where to begin trying to mouse-proof the garage (old and lots of ways to get in), and I'm not a fan of killing critters, so non-lethal means would be cool. I saw this linked in another thread:

http://www.worldclassmotoring.com/pr...ID=29&siteID=1

Think it's mouse-proof, or would the buggers chew their way in anyway?

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Old 04-03-2006, 08:57 AM   #2
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...moth balls...mebbe????
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:58 AM   #3
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Won't that make my car stink?
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:58 AM   #4
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...stink or mice??? u choose
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:02 AM   #5
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Years ago mice packed my moms Pathfinder (air filter box) with dog food they found spilled on the garage floor. It was the interesting smell coming from the vents that tipped us off. Just a heads up.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:03 AM   #6
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...moth balls...mebbe????
yup! moth balls under the car in a panty hose, or those hanging ones in the plastic holder....

I have to store my car when I'm at school, and that's exactly what I do.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:05 AM   #7
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Store a cat in your garage.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:10 AM   #8
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Years ago mice packed my moms Pathfinder (air filter box) with dog food they found spilled on the garage floor. It was the interesting smell coming from the vents that tipped us off. Just a heads up.
I'll do a little investigation before I start the car up. I'm honestly not sure what's under the hood that they could get into. The engine compartment looked clean.

And thanks, I'll go buy some mothballs, though I like the cat storage suggestion... methinks then I'd have paw prints all over the thing.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:27 AM   #9
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Every fold in the air filter of my dads 4Runner was stuffed with sunflower seeds and there was a good inch of shells just laying there. No wonder it kept stalling

Good luck with mouseproofing your garage. Thats pretty much the only 'non lethal' step thats not a huge pain in the ass. Start laying mouse traps, mouse are plentiful dont worry about them.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:46 AM   #10
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mice don't like steel wool. my RA in college taped it along the floor of the wall to keep em out. never tried it myself but she said it works like magic. good luck.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:49 AM   #11
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put the moth balls around your garage not in the car
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:00 AM   #12
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Mousetrap baited with peanut butter... it works.

My '69 Camaro has a pretty big hole in the floor where the shifter enters. I had a couple mice making a home one Summer. Kept setting the mousetrap, kept catching them. Car seems rodent-free for now...

Might have to check into the mothball idea, though.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:23 AM   #13
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Another vote for mothballs
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:27 AM   #14
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out of curiosity how the hell do mothballs keep mice away??? This is probably the first I have ever heard of this.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:28 AM   #15
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out of curiosity how the hell do mothballs keep mice away??? This is probably the first I have ever heard of this. I would really like to know out of general curiosity.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:37 AM   #16
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My wife sent me this:
http://www.critter-repellent.com/mic...or-vehicle.php

Supposedly works well... don't know if it smells any better than mothballs, though
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:02 AM   #17
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I keep my garage mouse entertained with a small bag of sunflower seeds in a shallow bucket on the ground - away from my boat.
She pops in once in a while (i see fresh shells) but has caused no damage (yet).

Catcht he critters and his a new home for em.

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Old 04-03-2006, 12:24 PM   #18
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Mice beware...


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Old 04-03-2006, 12:51 PM   #19
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...moth balls...mebbe????
How many moths do you have to catch to get an adequate supply of their balls?
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:05 PM   #20
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peanut butter is the best bait.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:16 PM   #21
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Mice beware...




^^^^ +1 for the limited edition STi kitty

seriously though..someone told me to use steel wool and bounce dryer sheets to keep them away.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:26 PM   #22
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Havaheart live animal traps etc.

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Old 04-03-2006, 01:38 PM   #23
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"I would just like to let you guys know, not one mouse has escaped me"
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:46 PM   #24
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My 87 Loyale had a mouse die somewhere in the engine compartment. The car smelled horrid for a few months afterward.

Do whatever you can to get the mouse out.
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:08 PM   #25
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Change your anti-freeze a little bit at a time in your car. Drain out enough to fill a paint rattle can top. Leave it in the garage. Be ready to throw away the bodies.

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