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Mice eating my insulation...what to do?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by mkwl, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    I was upstate for the weekend (it's like 10* at night), popped the hood to fill my wiper fluid, and saw 2 mice (alive) sitting on top of my manifolds by the back of the engine. As soon as I popped the hood they scurried down somewhere. I noticed that some of my firewall insulation has been gnawed away by these little guys...any ideas on how to keep them out of there? I'm worried they'll start to chew up wires and I'll have more issues than just some missing insulation...thoughts?:confused:
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,605

    Put some traps out with bait that is more desirable than your insulation (like peanut butter). The mice will find it and your problem will be solved. I bet you could catch them within 1 day too since they're always looking for something to eat.
  3. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    I had the same thought- only problem is...the truck is always outside, with peanut butter I'll be catching every field mouse for miles around...I was thinking maybe someone knew of where they scurry up to get into the engine compartment, and I could somehow "block" it...maybe I'm out of my mind, not sure...:dizzy:
  4. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    You wont be able to block them out. They can squeeze themselves into the smallest of openings. Set traps w/ cheese or penut butter as already advised..,

    Two years ago we had about 10 field mice move into my gagrage because i left a bag of grass seed out. Took 20 minutes to kill them all with traps and penut butter. Good luck,
  5. simoncx

    simoncx Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    My friend just had a simialar thing happen a couple weeks ago, he went to start his truck and nothing, started to look around and the mice chewed through the main harness what a nightmare to splice all the wires back together, They usually go in the engine compartment when it's cold outside and the engine is warm.
  6. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Try clothes-dryer sheets. That suggestion popped up in a thread I started here, back before Christmas. Somebody said Bounty Original, and several people said they work for keeping the rodents out of RVs and campers.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
  7. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    de con mouse killer if you cant trap them.
  8. dheavychevy38

    dheavychevy38 Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    If you go to your local jd dealer they have a product called mouse out it is in a spray can couple squirts of that and no more mice. We use it on all of our equipment when we park it in the winter.
  9. Roch_Greg

    Roch_Greg Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Real peppermint oil works very good as well. Better than moth balls. You have to get the real stuff though. But a few drops on some cotton balls (or something similar) and place them strategically around the area you want to protect.

    The Peppermint Oil to rodents is like what Ammonia is to us. One good whiff and they go the other way.

    The other fellas are right though these critters can work their way through a hole the diameter of a dime. I've seen them set up shop in the glove box, behind the console, in the heater box, inside doors, you name it. Since they can't control their bowel movements they pee and all everywhere they go. Really stinks up a place.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
  10. nhgranite

    nhgranite Senior Member
    from N.H
    Messages: 122

    i'd check your air filter housing to. had a family move in mine. found house insulation, acorns, hair etc.. in it. they do allot of damage in little time. decon works the best in killing them i've found.
  11. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Late Fall I put out mouse bait in those little seal bags..I throw them behind bushes and in the back corners of the garage .. I get them before they decide on a place to live..
    If you own pets PLEASE be careful they can't get to the poison...

    So far mouse proof..
  12. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    go to the pet store and buy a cat, or eat the mice your self, i hear there high in protien
  13. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    Take a five gallon bucket and fill it half way with antifreeze and water 50/50 and set it under the engine bay with some part close so they can easily look into the bucket. Trust me, just try it. I'm almost sure it is against the law but I won't tell if you don't. I also double it up and thro some moth balls agound for the ones that weren't thirsty.
  14. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    I dunno about the legality of it, but you'd want to be damn sure your dog can't drink out of that bucket. I believe it's propylene glycol that creates the sweet taste in antifreeze that seems to attract animals, and it's the propylene glycol that sickens (and kills) animals and people who have ingested it.

    Likewise with any other poisonous baits. If it attracts mice, it might also attract something you don't want to kill off. That's why I think you'd be better off with something that repels them. If the mice don't set up housekeeping in the truck, they don't do any damage before the poison takes effect.
  15. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I have a cat, he goes outside most of the day or night depending on weather and i haven't seen a mouse since i got him. He kills moles and anything else that he can catch. Plus he always puts them on the porch so i can see what he did. lol
    Oh yeah he was a rescue cat too, so it only cost me to fix him.
  16. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Vanilla air fresheners is what all the farmers use around here. They put a couple in the cab(full strength) of the tractors and combines and it keeps the mice out. Stick a couple under the hood.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Tried this before and it worked awesome.

    Take a bucket. (i used a 5 gallon) Cut a notch in each side about 1 inch by 1 inch.
    Take a rod, or dowel with a can around the dowel or rod. (make sure it spins) then place peanut butter on it, then fill the bucket with about a gallon of water. (enough so they'll drowned) make a ramp up to the top of the bucket so they can walk up. They will try and stretch out to reach the food and as soon as they hit the can its all over. Did that in my old barn. I caught pry 5 of them before it burned.
  18. naturalgreen

    naturalgreen Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    damn mice burned your barn down.
    thats revenge for drowning mickey you *******
  19. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    Hmmm... okay- I'm thinking I need to try something to "deter" them, rather than catch them, since the truck is always outside, not in a barn, garage, or any other enclosure... I think I'll try some mothballs or peppermint oil soaked cotton balls underneath where I park the truck for the night, and see how that does for me...

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    No, it was the wood stove. But the fire got the rest of em. I wish i had a scanner, I'd upload pics of the fire.