Little Mice Condos?

I thought I posted about this last time it happened but apparently not.  Maybe it was before I was blogging.  You see before you some ordinary looking vehicles.  And you know it’s early November–probably late for mice to be thinking that they want to be coming into the house (or vehicle) in fact.  But since I did the post Monday about deer/vehicle collisions, it seemed appropriate to keep the critter/vehicle connection going.

The red Pathfinder had an issue with mice probably 3 or 4 years ago now, I’m guessing (if I didn’t post about it).  Mice got under the hood and chewed through the wiring.  Sounds fairly routine, right?  Except in our case, the little guys did it 3 times in 6 weeks.  That must be some pretty tasty wiring!

We finally solved it in a non-organic (and stinky) way by taking a mesh bag, filling it with moth balls and securing it under the hood.  It was only “fragrant” (shall we say) for a week or two.  The mice, however, have never returned.

They’ve moved on to the car next to it, however.  I guess the wiring isn’t quite so tasty there.  Instead what they did was build a nest under the hood.  Shouldn’t have been a problem, right?  Well, it was.  It plugged the drain holes for the climate control system.  It wasn’t really noticeable at first.  Only when the rugs in the back seat became wet did we realize there was a problem.  Then we realized that the climate control system had leaked into the car, essentially flooding it, all the way through to the trunk.  Pesky little critters.

Let all this serve as a warning: even if your home is “mouse-proofed” your vehicles, shed, garages, outbuildings, etc. might not be.  Before it gets too much colder, take a look around before these pesky critters do some real damage over the winter!

2 thoughts on “Little Mice Condos?

  1. pnwauthor November 2, 2012 / 11:53 am

    Karla, did you know that mothballs are actually toxic? Unless there is a new type that is all natural, I wouldn’t use mothballs for anything.

  2. gardendaze November 2, 2012 / 12:12 pm

    Oh yes, I know. But these were no where near anything that could contaminate the environment (other than by smell). The only thing that they were doing was acting as a deterrent.

    The reason these vehicles keep getting infested is that they’re not driven much. And barring a repeat infestation of the second one, we won’t be resorting to the moth balls.

    Having the wires chewed through that often, however, we did need a deterrent–and there’s not much that works under the hood of a vehicle. It was the mechanic’s solution, really, not ours.

    And since it did solve the problem–without poisoning the mice or anything drastic like that–it was a solution we had to live with.

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