wearymicrobe UberDork
7/16/19 1:58 p.m.

Just got the report on why my wives beetle died and it was rats chewing on the wiring in the car. Did a quick sweep and all of my cars that sit outside have mice in them. I have blasted them out with the pressure washer but I would like to keep them from coming back. 


So what keeps them away. I don;t mind killing them but we have a very large population of hawks around the house and I don;t want to move the poison up the food chain. ALso killing them with my 22lr is not going to happen inside of city limits. 

1988RedT2 UltimaDork
7/16/19 2:19 p.m.

Keep the engine running?


Patrick MegaDork
7/16/19 2:30 p.m.

We vacuumed a mouse nest off the intake of the charger and they have chewed up the fuzzy battery covers on my truck.  In for ideas, also not going to poison them because of the amount of raptors and vultures around 

stafford1500 Dork
7/16/19 2:37 p.m.

How about covering the underbody openings to the engine bay with wire mesh? It would be a pain to do maintenance, but air and dirt could still pass thru. Trying to completely seal the engine bay will be a challenge, since mice/rats can get thru some pretty small gaps.

captdownshift PowerDork
7/16/19 2:45 p.m.

Go online and search honda rat tape 

No Time
No Time Dork
7/16/19 2:53 p.m.

Peppermint oil is supposed to keep them away. 

I use it on rags to keep them out of the snowmobiles, campers, etc. Rewet rags occasionally to keep it effective  

Seems to work well enough (no mice), and doesn’t leave dead mice full of poison around. 

AAZCD HalfDork
7/16/19 3:08 p.m.

I have had good results with Fresh Cab Repellant (contains peppermint oil) for keeping them out, but it might not work if they are already established and nested.

My most recently purchased car came with mice. After moving it in the garage I used a shop vac to clean up what I thought were empty nests. A couple days later I found a bunch of baby mice living in my shop vac.

I have Fresh Cab in the car now under the dash and in the engine compartment. I'm pretty sure that Caesar has taken care of the last mouse that had migrated from the car to the garage.

wearymicrobe UberDork
7/16/19 3:11 p.m.

The Maine Coon's keep the garage and house clean. Our newest girl is a mouser and at almost 24lb's she is a killing machine.  But a show cat not a outdoor mouser. 


AAZD I am going to buy that and the honda tape and see what it does. If not I am going to go adopt the nastiest barn cat I can find and he can kill them all. 

Rons Reader
7/16/19 5:35 p.m.

One of my neighbours got lucky and had rodent damage that cost $300. The dealer reccomended  moth balls on the wheels because they climb the wheel then into the engine bay. The mothballs go in old socks, and when you park the socks go on the wheels.

RealMiniNoMore PowerDork
7/17/19 12:18 p.m.

Irish Spring bar soap. Put a bunch in, on, and around your cars, on a piece of plastic - baggie, garbage bag, sheet, etc. 

Smells better than moth balls, and still works. 

AngryCorvair MegaDork
7/18/19 5:44 p.m.
RealMiniNoMore said:

Irish Spring bar soap. Put a bunch in, on, and around your cars, on a piece of plastic - baggie, garbage bag, sheet, etc. 

Smells better than moth balls, and still works. 

This.  I’ve been showering with Irish Spring for about 35 years now and have not had mice living on me at any time.

californiamilleghia HalfDork
7/18/19 6:01 p.m.

Any idea for snap trap bait ?

My mice and rats are too high class for Peanut Butter !

plus there is a nice big avocado tree in the front yard so they always have a choice :)

Indy-Guy UberDork
7/18/19 6:12 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :


914Driver MegaDork
7/19/19 7:22 a.m.

When i park my motorglider, I put a 10” tall hoop of aluminum flashing around each wheel to keep the nosey buggers from climbing in.  

Cut  25” long piece and clip it to itself with binder clips.  PITA for a car, but it’s worked so far.

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