By binkylou from Wingo, KY
They make small traps called mice cubes where the mouse can get in but cannot get out. The traps can be baited with peanut butter and will have to be cleaned out daily; I realize this is not a good long term fix but it may catch a few that the moth malls don't catch?
We. also had two cars damaged from mice. We were told that Irish Spring soap would keep the critters away. We put some in the engine where the electrical wires are and so far no further problems. Is it the soap or have we just been lucky, I don't know. We never asked a mechanic, so use at your own risk.
One thing not mentioned above is this. I do hope no one is actually paying for the repairs. Your insurance covers it, I promise. I had a friend that had a squirrel who took up residence in the transmission of a Renault and when he turned the engine over in the spring (it was garaged during the winter), he heard the worst sound possible. Ugh! I happened to be there for dinner that night and was working in an insurance claims office at the time. I told him to call his agent and sure enough, he was covered for squirrels! He thought he'd have a huge repair bill, but they paid for it. Just wanted you to know.
There is not much you can do as it is the design that allows small animals to get in there, which is also why some others dno't have the problem. I work at a car dealership and asked a technician as I have never seen anything that you can do, and there is nothing you can do. Trust me, I have seen all sorts of things in cars, mice, nests, dog food, acorns, etc.
If you can stand the smell of moth balls in your car, I guess that would do it.
What about putting one of those ultrasonic things out near where the vehicle is parked, or is it too far away from the house or an electrical outlet?
He sprayed something around his yard, couldn't remember the name or what it was, but the strongest thing you could by without a license. I don't recommend that as I don't like chemicals like that.
The moth balls do work. It was happening to me a couple of years ago. We took an old pair of panty hose and cut them up into several pieces. Tied the bottom end closed and put the moth balls in. Tied the top in closed and hung them in a few places around the motor. IT WORKED!! The only thing is, the smell is kind of strong at first if your using your heater or air conditioner. But, it saved me a lot of money in the long run.
Take moth balls and put in little mesh bags and place around under hood. They don't like the smell.
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