1 or 2 Mice Getting Into Prius Every Day - Please Help!

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  1. Jeff Gold

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    I have a 2006 Generation II Prius. For the past 6 months, I've had to keep live catch mouse traps in the car, and every day I catch one or two mice in the car. I release them several miles from my home, so I know it's not the same mice getting trapped.

    This is going to ruin the car, and I don't know what to do. I took it to the dealer, and they said "there are too many places they could be getting in" and it will cost over $1,000 to take apart and reassemble the dash, and they have no idea if they will even be able to spot or fix where they are coming in if they do it, not knowing if they are even coming in through the dash.

    Can anyone provide suggestions as to (1) what place or places are the mice most likely coming in, and (2) how should I stop them?

    They've gotten inside both the top and lower glove compartments, the bin above the spare tire, as well as the entire interior of the car.

    I live in the woods, so plenty of mice out here, but didn't have the problem for 6 years, then have the problem every day, so something definitely is broken or missing that blocks the mice.

    Help please!

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     
  2. kenmce

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    By any chance, was it this one?

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    The spots I recall offhand are in the rear. They are air vents for the batteries (right rear) and when you close the doors so you don't pressurize the car (left rear) They have plastic flapper vents to let air out and mice in, although the last part was not really in the specs. What you can do is peel off the interior until you can get at them and attach pieces of 1/4' hardware cloth as a mouse barrier. The right rear one you can get at by starting to pull the 12 volt battery, it is at the end of that black plastic tube you have to remove to get out the battery. They use that tube as a highway to get at the traction battery. If they chew through those wires you'll get bizarre error codes that none of the dealer mechanics have ever seen before.

    The left rear vent I don't recall clearly, but someone here will. I think that on the front people did something similar for the cabin air and engine air intakes. If you don't keep them out they will chew through random wires until the car dies. They will also pee and poop in places you can't possibly clean. This summer you'll start to regret that, but by then it will be too late.

    PS, Here:

    MouseProofing the Prius | PriusChat
     
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    I think you need to adopt a different attitude regarding rodents.
    If they are getting into your car, they probably are getting into your HOUSE too only you
    haven't seen them yet.
    Live catch and release does virtually nothing to solve the problem.

    You need to visit a "farm and fleet" store, maybe even WalMart in your area, and get some enclosed bait stations with bait blocks. The holes are too small for things like rabbits and they are quite effective for mice and rats.
    Properly placed and cared for, they should be safe around most pets too.

    Start with them inside the garage or carport near the car for a few days.
    Then move them outside near the walls.

    Extermination is the only real solution to things that carry diseases; think Black Plague.
    And it is an ongoing battle in places like you live.

    The downside is that you still need to inspect the car for the first few days.......as there might be
    one inside dead.
     
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    The mice at Easy Riders place have it rough:


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    if you search here, there are many helpful threads with advice and pics on how to block the many areas they can get in. as well as novel ideas like peppermint and kittycats. i suppose you want to focus on why they have become a sudden nuisance. is it colder than normal? are you keeping anything attractive in the car? anything different in the immediate area? did your cat die? something must have changed. all the best!(y)
     
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    I use a bright light under the car at night. An LED type candelabra bulb only draws ~2W so no a noticeable load. I place it under the front wheels. It is blinding to a nocturnal animal, and they stay away. Good old moth balls placed in various areas are also a deterrent.

    Do a search in the GenII forum for "rodent" and there are plenty of posts, for ex.:

    Prius "A MOUSE MAGNET" | PriusChat
    Hate Mee-ces (mice) to pieces? | PriusChat
     
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    Keep a black snake in your glove box and another one in the boot luggage box. When the snakes are a nuisance buy a snake-eating gorilla. When the gorilla gets to be a hassle, keep it out it in the winter so it will freeze to death. Bootstrap your problems away!
     
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    The link cited by kenmce, and originated by ebsmythe, is the single best post regarding how to keep mice out of the Prius interior.
    MouseProofing the Prius | PriusChat

    I agree with Easy Rider that the OP needs to get serious and utilize rodent extermination practices, perhaps a pest control professional might be helpful.
     
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    ...also check Google for cheap mouse traps...you can just have a bucket with a 2x4 leading up to it. My *other* car just had huge mouse nest in the air cond filter in the glove compartment (similar to Prius).
     
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    My mechanic told me to get a “rid-a-rat” electronic device connects to battery. I’ve been catching 1-2 mice almost daily for 7 years. I just got the device but need instructions to connect the positive wire to the positive terminal think in under hood fuse box
     
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    I'd be a bit skeptical about any "electronic rodent repellers".
    Especially concerned about the drain on the battery.

    A tamper proof rodent bait station is a much better solution.
    And the only really effective one in some situations.......like living out in the country.
     
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