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Old 02-12-2018, 08:22 AM   #29
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While not as expensive or as big a financial cost as wiring, Turkey vultures have an affinity for rubber and have been known to “attack” and destroy windshield wiper blades. Myakka River State Park on the west coast of Florida is one location that is infamous for this.
Not just wipers any rubber they can get at is fair game. We were there one day and they were chowing down on the rubber parts around the windshield on a Miata that had the top down.
You have fruit rats up there? They destroyed the engine wiring on our Scion XB when we left it parked in the driveway for a week.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:10 AM   #30
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mice

here we have tons of mice they get into everything including kitchen cabinents. I had a nice cadilac one time one got into the heating turned the fan on dead mouse. talk about stink took a long time to get it out.

they also will eat up car wiring!

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Old 02-12-2018, 10:41 AM   #31
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I can vouch for the effectiveness of MouseFree!!

At our recreational property, we park our 35' fifth wheel all summer. A few years ago we had squirrels and mice trying hard to make nests in the underside areas. Nasty!

After cleaning everything out we invested in a jug of Mousefree. Sprayed the entire underside and no more mice, no more squirrels. Only have needed to do it annually and the jug has lasted for 3 years....so small investment, in my mind.

We do not tow this trailer, but have it moved on/off the property a distance of about 5 miles---so cannot speak to the idea of it causing small stones etc. to stick to the underbelly.

However, we can speak to its effectiveness-----we LOVE it and it is worth every penny.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:57 AM   #32
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if a car DOES get stunk up by a dead rodent, rent an ozone generator from your local tool rental... park the car with the back windows down about 1", set the HVAC for recirculate, heat off, fan on low, all vents open and leave the ignition in 'accessory' so the fan is running, put the ozone generator in the car on an extension cord through one of those open windows, and set it to run 3-4 hours, then wait another 3-4 hours, open up the car and let it air out. any stench in the car should be completely neutralized.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:16 PM   #33
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slashdot.org in my experience has been very credible. These two articles may be of interest:

Car Manufacturers Sued Over Rodents Eating Soy-Insulated Wires at
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/0...nsulated-wires

and:
Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits at
https://science.slashdot.org/story/1...eating-rabbits
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:40 PM   #34
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Blue Mesa Reservoir west of Gunnison, Co. is infested with mice. A 5 gallon bucket filled half way with water and peanut butter smeared around the inside near the top and a gang plank for them to walk up will net you several overnight. Cruel but effective.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:21 PM   #35
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Made me look. I found the following additional sources among many more regarding vehicles with bioplastic wiring insulation and lawsuits.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/l...418434033.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michael.../#17d180c2780a

https://www.howtopreventratsfromeati...-based-wiring/

Our 2011 Pilot was apparently built one year before Honda started using the new plastics and our 2006 CR-V well before. As noted in another post, we have had mouse issues, but they haven't gone after the wiring, thankfully. One more reason to hang onto our vehicles for a while longer.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:10 PM   #36
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Here's Honda's tape. Amazon sells it. Expensive and the reviews are mixed.

http://www.amazon.com/Honda-4019-231...rds=Mouse+tape

Jon, the Pilot issue I read about was the critters chewed the knock sensor wire which is apparently hard (make that expensive) to repair. You lucked out.
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Raz, I had not heard about the wiring issue before (love this forum!). So far our mice seem to be after nesting material- insulation and paper. I want to thank you for the simple suggestion you made earlier about recirculate mode. That was a duh moment...


I'm definitely mulling over all the other ideas suggested. I've ruled out coyote urine, but everything else is still on the table.

Great thread!
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Raz, I had not heard about the wiring issue before (love this forum!). So far our mice seem to be after nesting material- insulation and paper. I want to thank you for the simple suggestion you made earlier about recirculate mode. That was a duh moment...


I'm definitely mulling over all the other ideas suggested. I've ruled out coyote urine, but everything else is still on the table.

Great thread!
We had an '83 Civic. Maggie's driving to work and there's a mouse on the passenger side floor. I pulled every panel, the heating system, and the head liner etc.I found five nests. I can't imagine doing that to a current vehicle. Now the first thing I do is cover the air intake with hardware cloth. Our most recent purchase, the 2017 Frontier sat on the lot for over a year. I found a nest right on top of the cabin air filter.
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My solution is a solar light string ($10 on sale) and solar lights on a stake ($1 each on sale) that I got at Harbor Freight. I like the light strings that can be disconnected from the solar panel - that way you can charge during the day in the sun and then plug into the solar string at night if the position of your parked car doesn't have good sun.

I just lay out the light string where I'm going to park my car so that when I park the light string runs the length of the car (being careful not to run over it when I park). Then, at night, I pop the hood and place a couple solar lights inside.

The light string and solar lights stay on all night. So far, no chewing on my wires, despite many little rodents in some of the areas I've camped.

Cheap, and easy-peasy!
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Solar light strand! I have long coveted one (or more!) but until now, only had the fun factor in favor of it Now I have a good reason! Yaay!

AND I can go to Harbor Freight and turn in my coupon for a free gift (yet another little LED light puck with magnet and hook)!

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