Easy Tips for Mouse Proofing the Car

by Sandra Foyt on October 26, 2010

in Road Trips

Mice jumping from the car? I thought the mechanic was putting me on, but this was no joke. The first time he found mice in our car, it was on a routine check up. The next time, we were wondering why the car reeked of dog food, until we discovered that mice were stashing their winter hoard in the air ducts.

The last time the mice hunkered down in my Chevy Suburban, the bill for repairing gnawed electrical wires ran into the thousands. It was a costly wake up call to find a deterrent.

Knock on wood, this solution has kept our cars mice free for two years:

  1. Move the dog food and bird seed out of the garage and into sealed plastic bins inside the house.
  2. Set mouse traps in the garage.
  3. Place bounce dryer sheets under the hood of the cars, and replace every month or so. Moth balls can be used if you don’t mind having to drive around with that scent.



If this doesn’t work, you might have to go for the ultimate mouse proofing weapon. Just don’t get Garfield.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Beth @ TheAngelForever October 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Me thinks that we need to add to our cars. We did not put them under the hood. Hmmm…
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Sandra Foyt October 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Yeah, mice like the warmth near the engine on cold winter nights. Unfortunately, their redecoration projects result in costly repairs.
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TechyDad October 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

The mouse that went to redecorate my car wasn’t too lucky. He went into the AC/heating system and snuggled in. Then I turned on the car’s fan and made minced mouse. When I asked the repair man if they found a mouse, he replied “We found mouse parts. Did you want them?” (Uh, no. No thanks.) I wasn’t told to put them in the engine. That would make more sense, but I’d be afraid of the engine’s heat setting them on fire.
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Sandra Foyt October 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I also was concerned about the fire danger, but the mechanic opened the hood and showed me where I could place the dryer sheets. Basically, if you look at the photos, you’ll note that they’re placed on the outer edges, except for that one center area.
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