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Old 07-13-2014, 02:52 PM
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How many people get tired of RODENTS living in their engine compartments, and what & how did you find a way to eliminate the problem to keep them from building their homes inside your engine bays.

I am really tired of buying fuel injection rail wiring harness`s. (since 2010, 3 so far)
Fed up cleaning out under the intake manifold. (they ate all the foam off the engine cover)
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At least once a week, it is a chore cleaning out the engine compartment.
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Try some dryer sheets from your laundry room. Mice and critters usually don't like them and will not live where they are. A good engine bay wash with a good soap to clean out their scent and then the fabric softener sheets distributed should work. Don't spray around the fuse box area as this can lead to expensive repairs if the ECU gets wet.
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I've also heard they hate moth balls. You probably need to buy a pellet gun and learn how to cook tasty critter stew. A .22 with cb caps works well , quiet but powerful enough to dispatch the little buggers. My wife makes a tasty wild rabbit soup. Boils em in salt water, lets em cool then picks all the meat off the bone. She makes the soup with canned tomatoes, cabbage, onions, green peppers, green beans, puts the meat in just before eating so it doesn't fall apart. Spice to suit.
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some possible hints

You can place moth balls directly under your car to create an offensive odor to the rodents.
Pour the mothballs into a plastic bag, and then poke several small holes in the bag. Hang the bags inside of the engine bay or interior of the vehicle.

Place peppermint oil around to deter rodents with its smell

Mice and other rodents typically detest the smell of dryer sheets. Place the sheets under the hood, inside the car and on the garage floor beneath the engine.

Place rubber snakes underneath your car. Squirrels, mice and other rodents are fearful of snakes and will usually steer clear. Change out the snakes every few days or weeks to keep the rodents from growing accustomed to them. Coat the snakes in peppermint oil for an added deterrent.

Don't use a cat, it will scratch the hell out of your paint job & even if it didn't you will find paw prints all over the vehicle

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D-con and check your air filter, they may have crawled in and chewed on it also. A check of your wiring harness could be in order also. Awful expensive fix if they ate the coating off of the wires. I know you shouldn't leave antifreeze out where an animal or child may get into it and drink it and die but for thought.
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All great ideas... but mothballs aren`t stopping them. (i watched a squirrel carry one away, i think that squirrel was on crack or somethin...lol) Tried the dryer sheets, the sheets seem to be slowing them down. Amen on the stew meat by killing them...LOL, but i think i`ll pass on that one. I`ve been spending alot of time outside in the morning shooting them with my .22 mag, seems like for every one that i shoot, 10 more arrive to take their place. Wife had a good idea, cut all the walnut tree`s down, food source disappears, so dont the rodents. Hmmmmmmm.... but what do we do about the huge creek we live next to (drinking water source for rodents). I suppose i could get some fox and coyote`s and try that...lol. At $500 a wack to replace the fuel injection harness`s, (3-times already due to rodents) its gettin old.
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D-con and check your air filter, they may have crawled in and chewed on it also. A check of your wiring harness could be in order also. Awful expensive fix if they ate the coating off of the wires. I know you shouldn't leave antifreeze out where an animal or child may get into it and drink it and die but for thought.
I never thought about antifreeze, you`re right, that would kill them, i`m gonna give that a try. I just hope they dont die inside my truck somewhere...lol. No kids around here, no worries there. My dog is no worry either, she`s never more than a foot away from me. Neighbor`s cats are fat and lazy, they dont hunt, they`re all hand fed by their democrat neighbors.
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