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I want to head off a potential problem. My wifes car has had a couple of cables nibbled by mice who have made a cosy, leafy home in the engine bay. I was going to put some poison in there but heard the mouse might die in the car somewhere I cant get to and smell. Any ideas how I can stop them going in there. It could end up being a very expensive nibble if they go through part of the loom in her car or mine! :evil:

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Traps around the cars?

If an enclosed garage, keep a cat or dog in there as well?

In the US the home stores sell inexpensive electronic gizmos that supposedly emit an inaudible signal that keeps rodents away. No idea if they work or not.
 

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you can get them from B&Q Warehouses in the UK - I bought a load last year. Not used them yet tough, so no idea if they work... strange thread...
 

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I knew a guy who was completely mad about cars. He kept bringing home these insane vehicles and expecting his wife to drive them. She was understandably happy when he came home with an M5, thinking that she finally had something normal, with 4-doors and a trunk, something she could take her kids to school in. She happily put around 9k miles on it.

But he couldn't leave well enough alone. The car disappeared one day, only to come back with a Dinan badge on the back and a rumble like a NASCAR stocker. Of course she was no longer interested in something that would scare people at PTA meetings, so she went back to driving the F-250. It sat in a barn, where after a while it developed a mouse problem.

The 9-year old hereby named it "M5...'M'...for MOUSE!"

I thought that was a riot but noone else seems to think it's funny.
 

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Traps around the cars?

If an enclosed garage, keep a cat or dog in there as well?

In the US the home stores sell inexpensive electronic gizmos that supposedly emit an inaudible signal that keeps rodents away. No idea if they work or not.
That's exactly what you need to get. They work and the funny thing is they also work on things you wouldn't expect like roaches. My uncle used to have a roach problem that the exterminator couldn't take care of and when he put these in to take care of the mice. Not only did the mice dissapear but the roaches also would only stay on one side of the house where the inaudible signals were not installed.

On a side note a mouse died in my Dad's Xterra and the car smells like crap. They've tried everything and the smell won't go away. It's a rare problem but it's not very pleasing.

Squid- Hah, nice story. Didn't find it very funny but it was entertaining nonetheless.
 

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I had a mouse nibble all the edges of the leather in my Acura NSX(garaged) a few years ago. I was driving the car every day but I guess my little friend was quite busy at night. My insurance paid for it and I solved the problem by moving...
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I set traps in the engine bays last night (no luck yet) and will order a couple of those ultrasonic things. I'll avoid the poison as I don't want it dying in the car.

Our Cat's no good - he doesn't like mice, only catches rabbits (over 50 this year!)

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Got Him! (or her)

Got him. Tricky extraction though. I set the trap on top of the engine. The trap and attached mouse dropped down and wedged by the offside exhaust manifold. Finally got it out with a stick and some gaffer tape on the end.

I've also now replaced the nibbled HT lead on my wife's Mini. I'll certainly be keeping the traps set on both cars throughout the winter.

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