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Old 12-26-2016, 07:28 PM   #1
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mice in the engine compartment

When out to the storage yard today to check things out and I found two nice size holes in my Adco cover right over the hood where there's nothing sharp to cause it the holes looked like they were chewed. and there it was, soon as I opend the hood a nest made with shredded cover and a baby mouse. Then I saw mom pop up to see what was going on and all I had was roach spray which I did my best with. A quick run over to Ace and I got a couple of D-Con traps and a box of Fresh Cab then over to Publix to get some peanut butter. Two traps in the engine compartment and four packs of Fresh Cab inside and I hope I get that sucker before he or she or them decide to chew on some wires.
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:08 PM   #2
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Good luck. I currently have about a dozen traps with peanut butter bait (just a small bit) placed around all 4 wheel positions since that's where they climb up. They have been very effective.


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Old 12-27-2016, 08:37 PM   #3
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Good idea, a friend of mine told me the same thing this morning. I just started to use the cover, i wonder if it's an attraction for the mice.
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Good idea, a friend of mine told me the same thing this morning. I just started to use the cover, i wonder if it's an attraction for the mice.

Probably only in the sense that it makes the engine compartment more cozy. But they can nest almost anywhere, such as inside your exhaust pipe, and use most anything as nesting materials including tissues, toilet paper, clothing material, leaves, etc. They are clever and they are survivors.


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Old 12-28-2016, 09:45 AM   #5
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I tried the dryer sheet idea for both my camper and a car I store for the winter. Put them everywhere. Worked great, no mice at all and they smell great in the spring. Allot easier that clearing traps all winter.


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Old 12-28-2016, 10:16 AM   #6
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Right now I have moth balls inside the house and I bought a box of Fresh Cab and placed the 4 bags around the inside. I'll go out this afternoon and see if I have anything in the traps and if I do I'll put a bag of Fresh Cab under the hood.
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DO NOT rely on dryer sheets. That will do nothing whatsoever. Has about the same effect as the trusty tinfoil hat. Mice will make nests out of it.

Get good ole fashioned snap traps. Bait them with peanut butter and some type of a seed (sunflower work great). I had an issue this year with the little buggers and I've wiped them out. Trapped about 12 of them over a few months with minimal damage.

After they are gone clean up the scent trails they leave. If you are in a storage yard they will hopefully move on to someone else's rig and leave yours alone (well of course you wish they won't enter any rig, but they likely will).
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We get mice, and Pack Rats which are huge, but to fight them, I put mouse and rat bait, at each wheel, and every touch point for the trailer. That has kept them out so far.
I also spread Amdro at each contact point to keep ants out.
Rodents love the engine compartment, ad will tear stuffing off the firewall, or hood batting, and make the next on the battery.
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I've had poor luck with Fresh Cab, the mice made a nest in the seat of my military vehicle right over the Fresh Cab box. Traps work ok, I've had best luck with the sticky pads. I don't use them in warmer weather to avoid trapping lizards.
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Rodents love the engine compartment, ad will tear stuffing off the firewall, or hood batting, and make the next on the battery.

LOL "make the next" - yes, make the next generation, for sure! Good typo! ROFL


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