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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 01, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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OK, this last winter I stored my car out in a barn in Wisconsin. I had several little visitors that took residence inside my car for the winter. I put some poison down and it killed 10 of them but not untill they had pooped all over the place.. Does anybody know any better ways of keeping mice out of their auto during storage? I had a whole damn commune of them hiding behind my back seat when I pulled it out yesterday. I had heard that they do not like mothballs? any suggestions would be helpfull.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 01, 03:30 PM
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They don't like mothballs; but then again, maybe you won't either. If you can handle the smell of mothballs in the car, then go for it. Otherwise, I can only suggest plugging up any holes they might get into, or you may just have to keep checking on it every so often. Traps/poison in the car would work, and would keep other critters from eating it if otherwise placed outside the vehicle. Got a cat? heh.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 01, 04:04 PM
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Think twice before you decide to put poison in your car. If even one, not to mention ten, mice eat it and dies and rots in your car (under the dash, seats, behind the rear seat, trunk, etc.) you will NEVER git rid of the smell.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 01, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Actully bboy I did put the poison in it. (2 decons) and it pretty much took care of them. I am redoing the entire interior this summer anyway, so I think I got the all out. But its not something I want to do every spring either, just to find their dead carcases. Maybe lots of mouse traps.. I dont know what im going to do come november again.

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I bought a plastic bag from someone in Hemmings to keep my car in. I just put it back in the bag yesterday after I bent 2 exhaust valves a week ago. It keeps mice, spiders, mud dobbers and everything out.

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Cats lots of them don't feed them you will nave no more mice.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 01, 10:23 PM
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I'll mail you a whole bunch of my cats free of charge...consider it a gift (or maybe a favor...)

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 01, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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I thought about locking the cat in the car bit, but she would probably come out 10 lbs. overweight in the spring. I checked out the bag bit at www.carbag.com and it looks like a much better idea. thanks

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 01, 03:46 AM
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I store my car in a pole barn every winter. Every year when I put the car away, I spread motn balls on the floor of the barn under the car. I put about a box of balls on the ground. In 20 years, I've never had mice in the car. Since the moth balls are outside the car, the interior doesn't smell.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 01, 04:24 AM
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Moth balls give off naptha gas - it will get into the interior material so do not put it in your car. On the ground is best. Traps help. A bag will get chewed through by them and ruined unless you put a line of moth balls around the perimeter.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 01, 12:38 PM
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definetly moth balls on the ground it works great!!
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 02, 10:23 AM
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Some fellow car-club members suggested using "Irish Spring"soap open and lying on paper inside the car on the floor.Last year I used 6 bars,never had rodent problems,and I'm still finishing off the soap! Appeaently the theory is that mice hate the perfumed smell,and stay away.The interior actually smells pretty good after winter hibernation!

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