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MICE IN MY CARS (1/13)
 10/18/18 6:13pm
Crockett 1
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Anyone know the common areas mice are getting in to both of my Corvettes? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (2/13)
 10/18/18 8:42pm
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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I found mouse traps to be the most effective means of defense in my RV. I baited them with cheese and peanut butter. Averaged about six mice per winter, split evenly between the inside and under the hood. They like wiring insulation these days because they started using soybean oil as a plasticizer.

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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (3/13)
 10/23/18 9:28am
BillHanna
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Cana, VA - USA

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The best mousetrap ever is called 

Ketch-All Mousetrap


This has a wind-up gate that when a mouse trips it flings it into a separate chamber.  It will catch multiple mice unattended.
It can be found on Amazon as well as other places for about $20.00.

You always hear about "a better mousetrap" but this is it!


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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (4/13)
 10/27/18 8:51pm
Vman73
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Gig Harbor, WA - USA

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One of the most common varmint entrances Iíve found on C3 is the lower shift boot if you have a 4 speed car. In addition check all of the other rubber boots and wire penetrations that go into the interior. Aside from trapping Iíve found that mice do not like strong fragrances. I use scented drier sheets in my motor home and a pretty strong air freshener in my C3 during the winter. I just read an article the other day using bars of Irish Spring soap to keep mice out.

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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (5/13)
 10/29/18 6:41am
vettejackLifetime Member
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Titusville, FL - USA

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Install cat.
Re: MICE IN MY CARS (6/13)
 10/29/18 9:42am
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Scottsdale, AZ - USA

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You need a bag to put it in.   For twenty+ years I used a giant bag I drove it into and added a motorcycle to the end when I sealed it.
They are now zippered.  I have used this one for 3 years in a local barn.  You open it up, drive over it, put your car cover on the car and pull the cover over the car and zip it up.
https://www.carbag.com/shop/carjacket/s3/




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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (7/13)
 10/29/18 9:49am
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Scottsdale, AZ - USA

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Here it is ready to fold the cover over the top.  The car is centered over the left side of the cover where I wanted to to zipper it up.  Dryer sheets are in the car and under the hood so it smells fresh in the spring.  If your car leaks oil put a tray under the motor.   I do have a canister of crystals to dry the air when the cover is zipped.







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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (8/13)
 10/29/18 2:21pm
Vman73
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Hey John, hats off to you if your system is working in a Minnesota barn during the winter !! I remember storing cars for the winter in Wisconsin and it was certainly tough to keep the critters out.

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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (9/13)
 10/29/18 10:31pm
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Scottsdale, AZ - USA

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vettejack said: Install cat.

Actually the first barn I stored it in, after we sold the "family" pole barn I used for decades, had a cat.   It got up under the heavy fitted cover to keep warm.  I had scratches all over the hood!!!  Unhappy



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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (10/13)
 11/9/18 11:51am
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I'm in the country next to a bean field, I've caught 9 in 12 days under the hood, 2 in one day.
Re: MICE IN MY CARS (11/13)
 11/9/18 12:15pm
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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The bag sounds like the best option. When I had my car in my separate garage, I had issues with mice. They get up under the dash and pull out insulation to build nests. I have found nests under the hood in the corner by the cowl behind the little vent screen and there would be mouse poop all over the engine and on the carpets inside. There is nothing more annoying than to be driving down the road and have a mouse drop out from under the dash and run across the floor. Usually when you start the car, they will drop out of the engine compartment and run off. I have used glue traps to catch them, putting them in several places inside the car. Since I have started parking in my attached garage, I have not had any problems. Good Luck.

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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (12/13)
 11/9/18 12:49pm
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1977 #s matching Orange L48 4-speed and a 2000 Black FRC 6-speed BOTH SOLD :(


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True story........ I was having issues with mice as well. I used the old-fashioned snap trap baited with cheese. No matter where I placed it, every time I checked, the trap was set but the cheese was gone. After a few days, I ran out of cheese. Since it was wintertime and a storm was upon us, I couldn't get out to the store for cheese. So I looked in a food magazine and used a picture of cheese in the trap. About 30 minutes later, I heard the trap snap closed. Guess what I caught? . . . . . . . . . . . A picture of a mouse! SORRY

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Re: MICE IN MY CARS (13/13)
 11/9/18 10:41pm
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You put water in the bucket about 1/3 full.  a small bit of peanut butter on the edge and when the mouse gets to the end of the metal platform.... POW BABY!!!!  he falls into the pit of shame.  It automatically resets.




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