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Howdy, could be any type but I have found mice nests down in the engine, under the intake manifold (2002 Ford V 10). Look out for them there. Also couple years ago they ate my paper air filter and it wrecked my MAF (Mass Air Flow ) sensor.

Just sayin look out for them and the damage they cause....

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They like to build a nest in the cavity below the a/c compressor on my Suburban.
They can be a PIA.
Interestingly, I just bought a car from my neighbor who had it parked in front of his shop for the past 3 yrs. I was expecting to find a mess of feces/urine and nests caused by rats and mice. When I started cleaning it up, I didn’t see one sign of anything.
He has feral cats and chickens that hang out around the shop so I’m thinking hey are the best prevention.
Time to get cats and chickens. LOL.


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Thanks for the warning.


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Hang nylon socks full of mothballs about the engine compartment during storage. No guarantee, but may be enough of a deterrent.

I am hoping this strategy works on our Saturn Sky being stored under our deck. I also have moth balls in trays inside the car and trunk.

Our rural home setting is ridden with rodents of all kinds. Good thing it's a 100% brick house or they would find a way inside very easily.
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I used dryer sheets but found that moth ball packs work much better.

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Well we full time Park Host, and some of our favorite sites have mice issues, Lights have worked well for us, not stink and they seem effective. This is my under hood lights. This is a cut to length strip of white LED lights.

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Getting a bit "Punky" are we? Is your rig a "Low Rider" too?

Sorry, I couldn't resist the temptation.

Interesting approach to rodents.

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ron.dittmer wrote:

Getting a bit "Punky" are we? Is your rig a "Low Rider" too?

Sorry, I couldn't resist the temptation.

Interesting approach to rodents.


No it is a Ram 3500 DRW, but under carriage lights might be helpful also, as we have a string of the same LED lights under the 5er.

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I have used Tomcat for years. Our Phoenix Cruiser is stored inside an enclosed facility but mice/rats are still possible, larger animals not possible. I put a block at each wheel after it is parked and simply slide them out of the way when backing out the PC. Buy it at Ace, Tractor Supply, etc. I have never had a rodent problem. Obviously, this should not be used if other animals could gain access to the area.
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Pack rats are the worst. They eat the insulation in engine compartments.
Open the hood and keep the lights on. Evergreen boughs deter them. Set traps near tie rod ends.

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