More on Mice... Prius Prime

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  1. PeteRIUS

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    What started in 2018, a month after we brought the car home, with mice in the blower finished at Christmas time this year when our insurance company wrote the car off.
    I had read a few threads about mice and gathered enough information to introduce mint oil and dryer sheets throughout the vehicle. This was the third time we had had mouse visitors and this time they got right into the main hybrid, plug in battery compartment. The damage destroyed the battery. The wait for a replacement battery bank was 4-6 months due to supply and covid factory shut downs. The costs were high enough to cause the insurance adjuster to write the car off.
    What I believe makes the Prime more subject to rodents than the regular Prius is the warmth of the plug in charge.
    Of course Toyota continues to ignore the issue and produce vehicles with open vent pathways and no recalls or remediation!
    Loved the car but we are very disappointed with the waste when you set out to do the right thing.
     
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    with all the mice infested prius, it's hard to believe the prime is even more attractive
     
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    Wow, sorry to hear about a write-off from mice.

    After having a couple of mice die in my venting, I have placed mouse traps all around the car in my carport. Both snap traps and rolling log traps:


    After an initial period of daily catches, now it's just 1-2 mice per month. Sometimes a bird ends up in the snap traps which makes me sad, I am thinking about removing them and installing an electric shock mesh:

     
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    Mesh the entrances. I’ve done the engine bay cabin and engine air intakes, but dragging my heels on the hatch vents; better get on it.
     
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    The problem is not just with the Prius, it';s that toyota and others went to new wires with soy in the insulation. Thats like junk food to mice and other rodents. Thats what attracts them is the insulation.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the total loss of your PP. I have read about the rodent problem but so far on my three Prius, I have not seen any evidence of rodent intrusion inside or engine bay of the car. We do have plenty of rodents around our house. But they are mostly field mice, not a house mouse. I have a feeling that parking the car outside on our driveway is better than keeping it inside of the garage/barn where most of the mouse infestation evidence has been found. With plenty of feral cats around our house, the mice population seems to be well controlled. Thought about using rodent repellent, but never tried.
     
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    Really enjoyed those do it yourself mouse traps. However, parking your car on a high voltage electric mesh could have unintended consequences.
     
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    Could you explain which consequences?
     
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    Messing up the cars electronics? Zapping someone’s pet? Child?
     
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    Could you imagine a small child, maybe your neighbor's, touching an 8000V electrical grid when she came over to look at your horses? Imagine the consequences if her father also happens to be an attorney.
     
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    It's not the high voltage that kills, though, but the current. And these types of electric fence controllers use a capacitor which can deliver only short term and minimal current. In the country I grew up in, electric fences are everywhere along walking/country trails and I did get my share of zaps as a kid until I learned to spot the signs of an electric fence. No doubt, though, sue happy US attorneys would still find a way to file for emotional damages.
     
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    I was set up to do just that when the new battery ($14000 Cdn) was to be put in at the dealership. I even bought them the mesh. Then came the news that the battery was “obsolete” and the correct one would be several months arriving. (Factory slow downs due to Covid 19) That’s when Insurance did the math and decided the tab with a few months car rental was going to be too much $ to bear.

    Not just the wiring “snack food” but a nice warm place to dine. We cold climate customers are not Toyota’s bread and butter but there are mice everywhere. Hopefully they are planning some quiet changes to design (all while skirting Class Actions). I will buy back in when I don’t have to buy a vehicle at a premium price and bring it home, tear it down and “pest proof“ it!
     
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    And get a spare. :(
     
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