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Old 05-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default How do you keep mice out of a stored car?

Ive got my car in a carport thing and the mice like to go in it for the winter or just to live ther in general. Whats an effective way to keep them out of it and away in general? Ive got a cat that stays outside but im pretty sure it is scared of them or just a vegetarian. I do traps but there getting annoying with the resetting all the time and that depends on if the get caught on them or not. Really just want a way to keep them away but I have 2 dogs so it cant be anything they would eat either.
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I hear drier sheets work.
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Cats work! (Kidding)
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I use dryer sheets in and around my snowmobile...
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Store your python in the car
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Mix a spray bottle with disenfectant and eucalyptus (about a mix of 60/40) and spray the inside of the vehicle daily or at least every second day. I have a similar problem with Rats and Mice at present and find that works. Keep the vehicle shut as best you can and the smell of the two products mixed should stay in the vehicle and keep them out. Put any bait away from the vehicle so they do not die in the vehicle.
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I use a mouse circus in my RV. They love the circus.

Get a bucket and rig up cylinder about 2-3 inches in diameter on a rod so it can spin. Place your roller on top of the bucket or slip the rod through the handle holes. Smear some peanut butter on the roller and put a ramp up to it. Put 2" of antifreeze in the bucket.

Mouse goes up ramp onto roller to get peanut butter. Roller spins, mouse falls and is trapped in bucket. Antifreeze keeps them from stinking.

Works great. Obviously only good in a closed area so pets can't get to antifreeze.
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Ive heard of drier sheets aswell but thought it was a old myth.




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Mix a spray bottle with disenfectant and eucalyptus (about a mix of 60/40) and spray the inside of the vehicle daily or at least every second day. I have a similar problem with Rats and Mice at present and find that works. Keep the vehicle shut as best you can and the smell of the two products mixed should stay in the vehicle and keep them out. Put any bait away from the vehicle so they do not die in the vehicle.
What type of disinfectant and were do you buy eucalyptus? Can you put in something and leave it open for the smell just to intoxicate the whole interior or do you have to spray it everywhere?
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Store your python in the car
Actually I've heard just the shed skin works to keep rodents away as the smell or something. So if you know anyone with snakes get a few of the sheddings and just leave it on the floors.
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An old rag soaked in used hypoy/gear oil/Diesel sat in a shallow tray just checked once a month, strong non-food odours tends to put the little critters off
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An old rag soaked in used hypoy/gear oil/Diesel sat in a shallow tray just checked once a month, strong non-food odours tends to put the little critters off

Mothballs work well.

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try one of those mouse traps that catch mutiple mice and are clock spring design.
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This is from the Honda S2000 community (and have been told that this WORKS):

You want to get yourself a little bottle of peppermint oil. You can buy it on-line, or maybe find it at a local natural food store or something like a GNC or vitamin store ..... A bottle of about an ounce will be under $10.
This is not peppermint extract, it is pure peppermint oil, the oil is so potent you do not want to get it on your hands. If you do wash them ASAP. Don't try and save money by buying some cheap stuff, because, well, it will be cheap stuff...
Take a few cotton balls, put a few drops on each ball and place them in the car, and for sure get at least one in the area where they had nested. You do not want the peppermint oil balls laying on the carpet, so put them on little trays formed out of aluminum foil.
Mice cannot tolerate the intensity of this smell, and you too may find it hard to handle for a second or two when you open the door after the car has sat in the sun on a humid day, but the smell is nice, and it isn't the smell of old people like moth balls.


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What type of disinfectant and were do you buy eucalyptus? Can you put in something and leave it open for the smell just to intoxicate the whole interior or do you have to spray it everywhere?
Eucalyptus is commonly used as a cleaning product good to remove insects of car paint and not damage it. You will need to ask a Hardware store. Much easier to spray it into the car specialy disenfectant and just use what you would use to clean in your house but if just using disenfectant then dilute with water or you will not be able to get into the car and breath.

Moth balls also work but not to the same effect as disenfectant. Regular spraying is best. If you can not find Eucalyptus then just spray disenfectant (water diluted) and air freshener seperately.
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peppermint oil works...had a family in the attic. they left the day I put the cottonballs up there.. no dead mice ..The critter man told me that works with all Rodents...and Cyprus mulch around the house in flower beds instead of pine straw, gets rid of Palmetto bugs. " cock roaches"
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That would be just as good as Eucalyptus
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I was told Irish Spring soap worked, I have been using it for years in my Mustang, no mice.
Is that a liquid soap or like cake of soap ? rats and Mice will eat soap but it takes a long time to take any effect on them.
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Is that a liquid soap or like cake of soap ? rats and Mice will eat soap but it takes a long time to take any effect on them.
Irish Springs is a cake (bar) of soap.
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A bunch of threads on this general topic on the HAMB.
I read someone mention putting rings of sheet metal, like ductwork tin, around each tire, as tall as will fit. Mice supposedly cannot climb it (I can't see how), but this obviously is what to do before they get in. Still, they have to leave to eat/drink- if they get out, they can't get back in. Zero maintenance.
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I had a similar problem and my father-in-law told me about a product he uses in his combine and equipment. It is called Fresh Cab. I had to get it at the John Deer dealership, but it probably be purchased online. I have been using it in my camper and a seldom driven vehicle for about four years and haven't had a mouse in either. It has a very strong cedar smell, but far better than mouse smell.

Update - I see Menards sells Fresh Cab.

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Irish Springs is a cake (bar) of soap.
Thank you. Soap like that they will eat but it takes time for them to die. At present I have out sopa, traps and bait in the Garage where the vehicles are stored and still spray the inside to keep the pests out as they do not like the smell. To date the disenfectant mixture sprayed in the vehicle has worked.
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Just throw a handful of mothballs under the car every 3 months or so...
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Remember that if you use anything with bait, you are by definition attracting that which you seek to repel. I've always marvelled at the practice of using rodent poisons which do indeed kill but keep attracting new recruits...over and over...the perfect marketing scheme.

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I can personally vouch for peppermint oil

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You want to get yourself a little bottle of peppermint oil. You can buy it on-line, or maybe find it at a local natural food store or something like a GNC or vitamin store ..... A bottle of about an ounce will be under $10.
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Take a few cotton balls, put a few drops on each ball and place them in the car, and for sure get at least one in the area where they had nested. You do not want the peppermint oil balls laying on the carpet, so put them on little trays formed out of aluminum foil.
Mice cannot tolerate the intensity of this smell, and you too may find it hard to handle for a second or two when you open the door after the car has sat in the sun on a humid day, but the smell is nice, and it isn't the smell of old people like moth balls.


http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/7037...page__hl__mice
I like this one and as a mild after smell of Mint is hardly offensive, cant say I have ever heard of this one but have now
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Where does one get peppermint oil?
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Most health food stores have it or will order it. You may find it in a craft store in the soap or candle supplies if you are lucky. Peppermint Essential Oil, not fragrance oil. One is real, one is an imitation.
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I had mice eat the plastic insulation off the fuel injection harness under my hood I hung a small fine mesh produce bag with a few mothballs near the wires (seems to work so far)I keep watching for any new signs of nesting material in the area.It would have been a costly repair but I was able to separate the wires and re insulate them with liquid electrical tape.
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Ok gong to try and find the Pepermint oil and then this winter Ill do the jack stand cone trick. I might even through in some drier sheets to be sure I have all the possibilitys covered. The funny thing is the cat sometimes sleeps all day under the car and there still mice!
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The funny thing is the cat sometimes sleeps all day under the car and there still mice!
Now that is funny as the last Mouse plague I recall my Dog not knowing what to make of it all as they kept trying to climb her and she just kept lifting all four paws and shaking.

Have a look at this > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTIlOlVT3LI
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I've used peppermint oil on a couple of rags tied up under the hood and in front of the radiator core support. And then Bounce fabric softener sheets inside the car.

No mice problems even when stored in a pole barn adjacent to a field.. Car smells good too!
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I stick to dryer sheets in my boats stored under tarp outdoors all winter placed about 3-4 feet apart and this has stopped the mice and worse problem I had a few years were racoons. Since i tried the bounce sheets nothing since and a nice smeel when the tarps/covers come off.
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I store my Motorhome over winter in a pole barn on a farm with no cats. It sits on gravel in the barn. Never did anything else. Park it and forget it. Mice cant crawl over gravel. Make sure the object doesnt have anything touching it. Just on the gravel. Or even put it on jackstands if you want.
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dryer lint doesn't work - we put half a box in a 14' boat and there were nests ON the sheets. The sheets smelled great still, so that didn't work.

Peppermint is the way to go - I've also seen people store cars on jack stands and place the jack stands on a pail lid with oil on it.
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Dryer shhets worked for me on the car and tractor.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:43 PM   #41
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Mice cant crawl over gravel.
Maybe not crawl, but they sure as heck can walk, run, and skip across gravel!

Mice can swim, burrow, dig, climb trees, jump, flatten, hang, squeeze, and do pretty much anything else you can imagine except fly.
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Mice cant crawl over gravel.
Best you watch the link I posted again.

Have a look at this > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTIlOlVT3LI

Mice will get where ever they want.

The point you make about Mice not being able to walk on gravel or crushed rock is simply and old wives tale. Until recently I had a Garage with a crushed rock floor and you could often see Mice had been in the Garage and in the vehicle in that garage. My main Shed is surrounded by a gravel drive way and has gravel up to and around the building yet I still see Mice inside.
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After several problems with mice nesting in my outdoor air conditioning unit, I placed dryer sheets in the unit. The following season the mice were back in the same place, having built a new nest on top of the dryer sheets.
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Have definitely read enough neg. results on dryer sheets for me to discount them.

The jack stands in oil has had me thinking on that all day tho...
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:30 PM   #45
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I can vouch that the dryer sheets do nothing. I heard the best thing was bar soap- not just any, but ORIGINAL Irish Spring. I bought several bars and put them in my stored cars. They were eaten almost completely with mouse turds stuck to them!

I have had good success with moth balls; they seem to have worked every time. I avoided using them because I hated the smell, but hate mouse damage more. I've gotten used to the moth ball smell.

I'll have to give some of the other remedies posted here a try.
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wow did anyone read my post??

The mouse circus works, I do it every year with the RV. I usually catch about a half dozen in the first week and then maybe one more throughout the winter.

Once they get in they go for the bait and they are done. MY RV has never been so clean in the spring as it has been since I found out about this. I tried just about every trick I could find but nothing stopped them. This will not stop them from getting in but it sure finishes them off.
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I have used Irish Spring for years. I take a bar, cut a 1/4" thick slice off and put it in the back seat. Same for the front. I take a couple slivers and put them under the car and then put my cover on the car. I have had traps in garage catch rodents, but never had one mess with my car.
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Does anyone have a pictre of the mouse circus? Even google isnt helping.
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Irish Spring. Seriously. My father in law swears by it, and I am a new believer. Leave lots of bars of soap (still in the box) inside of your car, and they will stay away. Don't forget to leave them under the hood and in the trunk!
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Use antifreeze it you cannot check it daily. Some call for water but then they start to stink. The anitfreeze keeps them from rotting and smelling bad.



Slap some peanut butter on there and you got yourself the better mouse trap.
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Get a bucket. Then find a axle/pipe/stick or stretched cable that can span the width of said bucket.

Put a cylinder (PVC pipe, soda-can, plastic bottle etc.) on the middle of the axle/pipe/stick or stretched cable that you chose for the bucket.

Put a length of rope or webbing from the top of the bucket to the floor/ground so the mice have easy access to the tasty treat that you will have smeared on the cylinder. I recommend peanut butter or dipping the cylinder in melted chocolate, mice love chocolate and PB.

You could put water in the bucket, about 3"/7.5mm, but I prefer antifreeze. Antifreeze seems to minimize the stench and will not freeze as easily as water. Duhh

The liquid is for the mice to drown in.







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Get a car storage bag and some dessicant. This is the only proper way to store cars whether you have a climate controlled storage facility or not.
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Thanks for the pictures! I can see how that would work well.
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After they set up housekeeping in my Corvette's fan I started using glue boards around the car and garage. So far I've caught a few. I was getting very little air out of my vents! I hate them meeces to pieces!
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I was told Irish Spring soap worked, I have been using it for years in my Mustang, no mice.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:24 PM   #57
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Is the mouse circus PETA approved?

btw, the time I tried dryer sheets, the mice used them to make their nest...
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Think Im going to make a "circus" and try that,looks simple but efective. Is the a minimum height the bucket/container can be?
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I've tried Irish Spring soap, the little bastards chewed on it.

I've tried dryer sheets, the little bastards use them to build their nests.

I've tried moth balls, oils, and other scents that, quite frankly, stink as bad or worse than the mice.

In my opinion, none of this crap works. Save your money.
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I got a couple of these to solve my problem. They don't actually have to catch them; their scent will go a long way toward keeping the mice away.



If you look closely, she has a mouse.

The only problem is they stole my heart and now it's hard to resist every stray that shows up. Been at 3 for a year now and trying to keep it there.
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Car Capsule?

They cost about $350. Drive the car in the capsule. It has a fan that runs all the time to keep the capsule filled and also continuously brings in new air so there is no condensation, no mildew, no musty smell. Rodents do not enter with no place to enter.

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Close the doors and windows?

Our RV shop is on a property with no shortage of mice, I see them all the time under the bird feeders, and we've never had any evidence of mice in RVs or vehicles, maybe feeding them with the bird feeders makes them uninterested in the stored vehicles?
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I have had good luck blocking up the access holes to the building but then you can never be to sure so I still have traps set and bait out.
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Put some traps near stored area. Using peanut butter as bait... tries it many timesand it worked.
Peanut butter after time will go hard and not work as a bait.
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Snake shedding skin works great.
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I use a mouse circus in my RV. They love the circus.

Get a bucket and rig up cylinder about 2-3 inches in diameter on a rod so it can spin. Place your roller on top of the bucket or slip the rod through the handle holes. Smear some peanut butter on the roller and put a ramp up to it. Put 2" of antifreeze in the bucket.

Mouse goes up ramp onto roller to get peanut butter. Roller spins, mouse falls and is trapped in bucket. Antifreeze keeps them from stinking.

Works great. Obviously only good in a closed area so pets can't get to antifreeze.
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don't park near tall unkept grass/areas.
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I use something similar to the mouse circus idea. 5 gallon pail, a ramp up to the top, narrow ramp across, filled with water to 3-4" from top, and sunflower seeds flaoting on the surface. They climb up, see the seeds and jump with no way to get back out.
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I've tried Irish Spring soap, the little bastards chewed on it.

I've tried dryer sheets, the little bastards use them to build their nests.

I've tried moth balls, oils, and other scents that, quite frankly, stink as bad or worse than the mice.

In my opinion, none of this crap works. Save your money.

Yep, me too. My new shop is built in the edge of the woods to the side and rear with hay fields to the front. I have a hugh mouse problem. I've tried em all. Nothing worked.

I did finally after a couple years manage to get rid of the little rat bastards. I tuned my shop sterio to talk radio and let it play loud 24/7. The rats left, my dog ran away, the neighbors moved, the kids don't speak to me anymore and my wife is packing her shit now. LOL J/k. But it does work on mice.
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