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post #1 of 38 Old 02-26-2013, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Mice are making a home in our Jeep

We have caught two mice so far by setting traps with peanut butter in the back of the 2007 WK CRD. We never see them but they are chewing up anything with a hint of food on it at night. They are not getting into the Scout parked next to the Jeep. We cant tell if they are coming in and leaving or nesting somewhere in the air ducts. Does anyone know if there is a passage that a mouse can enter the Jeep? Or did they get in another way and they have been camping in there ever since. We want to be sure to get them all out before they start chewing on something expensive like the wires under the dash.


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post #2 of 38 Old 02-26-2013, 07:08 PM
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damn man never heard of this before
curious as to what people have to say

ive heard of squirrels in the engine bay but nothing in the vehicle...

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post #3 of 38 Old 02-26-2013, 07:32 PM
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Definately never heard of that before, but I would be ripping my jeep apart if I had that issue ha. I really dont know how they would get in.

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post #4 of 38 Old 02-26-2013, 07:43 PM
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We had one. But someone left some crackers or some sort of food in there that winter. Got rid of the food, haven't seen it since.

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post #5 of 38 Old 02-27-2013, 03:38 AM
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My parents had that problem on a Camry in FL and it was bad. Mice died somewhere in the AC vent and the smell was horrible. Cost about 500 to take the dash apart and clean out the mess from the nest and dead mice.

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post #7 of 38 Old 02-27-2013, 07:48 AM
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I would definitely keep setting traps. You don't want them getting stuck somewhere you can't reach and then dying on you.

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We have caught two mice so far by setting traps with peanut butter in the back of the 2007 WK CRD. We never see them but they are chewing up anything with a hint of food on it at night. They are not getting into the Scout parked next to the Jeep. We cant tell if they are coming in and leaving or nesting somewhere in the air ducts. Does anyone know if there is a passage that a mouse can enter the Jeep? Or did they get in another way and they have been camping in there ever since. We want to be sure to get them all out before they start chewing on something expensive like the wires under the dash.
Well! That goes to show you. Mice are smarter than you think. They know a good truck when they see one!

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I used to have a Renault Alliance back in the 90's. One day it would not start. Took off the air cleaner and found that a mouse had built a nest in the throat of the throttle body and there were 3 tiny baby mice in the nest. There was a nice little hole chewed in the air filter too.

That's what I get for not driving it for a week.

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post #10 of 38 Old 02-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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The most likely place is the main air duct on the passenger engine bay side. There is normally some plastic grill infrount of it, maybe it fell out of place? It is in the same place you would put an after market air filter.
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post #11 of 38 Old 10-17-2014, 07:11 AM
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The most likely place is the main air duct on the passenger engine bay side. There is normally some plastic grill infrount of it, maybe it fell out of place? It is in the same place you would put an after market air filter.
Yah, I got a mouse in my Jeep to. I trapped one but am afraid others will find the same entry hole. I am assuming the air duct you speak of is the intake for the cabin air? The mouse I trapped was a pretty big one and would have needed a hole at least 3/4 inch in diameter or so.

Could there be a hole thru the floor for transmission linkage? Also the emergency brake linkage hole? I have thought of putting a steaming kettle in the Jeep in cold weather, turning the blower fan on high, and then looking for where the steam comes out? Mice never get into any of my other vehicles.

Mice can do a lot of damage and I have heard of vehicles being written off for mouse damage.

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post #12 of 38 Old 10-17-2014, 08:11 AM
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I had one last year and placed dryer sheets in the jeep no more issues.

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post #13 of 38 Old 10-17-2014, 09:31 AM
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Yah, thanks, I will try the drier sheets but I would rather find that mouse hole and plug it if I can. Mice like to chew on wiring and that can cause no end of trouble. I took out the engine cover and the foam rubber valve cover things. At least it is easier to check for mice now.

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post #14 of 38 Old 10-17-2014, 09:43 AM
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Yah, thanks, I will try the drier sheets but I would rather find that mouse hole and plug it if I can. Mice like to chew on wiring and that can cause no end of trouble. I took out the engine cover and the foam rubber valve cover things. At least it is easier to check for mice now.
You aren't likely going to find the entry point or prevent them from getting in for that matter.

Mouse traps, set very light trigger, baited w/ peanut butter. You'll kill every one of them.

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post #15 of 38 Old 10-17-2014, 10:01 AM
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Set the traps outside or you risk drawing more in with the bait. They will smell it and also follow scent trail of others that already got in. They will also eat each other so a dead one in a trap can also bring in others just to feast on it. And as already stated, it is next to impossible to block every possible entry, they can and will squeeze thru just about anything. If all else fails, electronic deterrents are available cheap enough. They emit high frequency sound waves which will drive them out pretty quickly.
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