I looked in my glove box today only to find it was set up by some local mice into a not so neat little hotel. I chased them out, but we all know how useless that is, they know how to get back in, and I don't know where the door is.
Has anyone figured out a good way to keep them out, and where they are getting in?
You'll have a hard timing keeping them out because they can get in through a hole about the diameter of a penny, so any little hole will allow them through. The biggest hole in the Insight I can think of is the vent under the rear bumper at the passenger side.
Moth balls will repel them. I've had good luck with ultrasonic rodent repellers, even though studies on how effective they really are tend to be conflicting. Try to avoid laying down poison because then you'll end up with a fragrant dead mouse somewhere in the car. Good old snap traps work well.
I think that vent has some lightly closed louvers, that open when you run the heater or AC to draw in new air, Never saw where the climate control sucks in the air. It also sounds like there is someone living in the blower.
I have one of those Ultrasonic noisemakers somewhere, will see if I can find it, and try to evict my unwelcome tenants .
This may be a cool new use of my Thermal imager. I will scan the car when it is cold, and it should show me where they live.
I have already found several nest that way in my garage ceiling.
Here in the woods, mice are always searching for a cozy spot to nest and the greenhouse effect makes any car into a mouse spa. Over the years mice have caused a lot off damage to my cars with chewed gas lines, chewed air intakes, filters and clogged up heater ducts. Trap them and more will come. You need to set up a permanent feeding station using D-Con and similar products which you replenish as needed. I have had no problems with dead mice decaying in some unreachable cavity in the car probably because the poisoned mice generally seek water to drink and the car interiors have none.
Currently, I have set up a bait tray on the passenger side floor which I can monitor easily each time I enter the car. My passengers have learned not to step into it or disturb it.
Rodent control needs to be a continuing year-around effort because mice sort of diffuse through the countryside and will fill any vacancies left by their departed neighbors.
My problem is that I have been so busy lately that the car just sits for weeks, and now that we have a Prius, the wife would much rather ride in the comfy quiet Prius than my noisy rattling insight that has worn out shocks from the three years of driving with the 400 lbs of e-wheel 48V batteries and V boost , no final exhaust resonator (e-wheel spot).
Have not even raked all the leafs in the yard. Can't keep at it like this, I am going to be 67 next week, and have been working harder than when I was not "retired".
Need a vacation so I can work on the stuff that is slipping.
Got those nice A123 batteries that keep calling my name whenever I walk past them.
"Mikey please don't forget us"
Have the Synergy drive and Inverter that says " Mikey, I thought your were going to make an EV Insight"
Need to grow 2 more hands and stop sleeping.
I once had a airplane that sat out in a field tie-downit was a tail dagger so mice would make a home in the tail once flying saw a streak and it was a mouse running up the canopy rail so I Sprayed the inside with anomia and that seemed to cure the problem also moved to the west coast no mice we eat them .I'am 82 and have no mouse problems gave up clark bars and Hershey's kisses
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