MouseProofing the Prius

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  1. RCO

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    I C. Don't have that version over here, so I'm just as ignorant as usual.
     
  2. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
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    Are you talking about a Prius c forum or "mouseproofing a Prius c" thread? I was saying no to the latter. There is a whole Prius c forum, however.
     
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    There is much to blamed on ambiguity. Yes I hoped for a link to a Prius C forum for the OP as I couldn't find one.
     
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    You mean this one? Toyota Prius c Forums | PriusChat
     
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    Not if you live in the desert. Never smart to kill animals. Another one will replace it. Hardware cloth is the ticket.
     
  6. hbbird

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    Toyota Does not manufacture rodent tape.
     
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    mice are like mosquitos.
     
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    Die Fledermaus?
     
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    Anyone tried those ultrasonic mouse repellers?
     
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    My cars that sit in storage all the time have moth balls in them. My back garage usually has five cars in it and the 1989 Town Car had Decon mouse poison pellets pm top of the intake manifold this year when I started fixing it up. Now it smell like moth balls. lol
     
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    Unfortunately you cannot get the old D-Con pellets any more. We have not found an effective substitute.
     
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    Not personally, but I have read they're a waste of money.
     
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    I have found an additional ingress point that I did not see in this thread. I have a 2008 Prius and had not run across this thread prior. I also did the mouse proofing in the cowl area but continued to have an issue. I believe I have found the issue. There is a cowl drain chute that goes down the behind the inner fender well cover that is wide open allowing mice to simply run up the shoot into the cowl area. I stuffed the chute with Stainless Steel wool as well as one other large hole and buttoned back up. May have corrosion issues down the road but it beats rodent issues. See attached PDF file for photos. Hope this helps someone else. Only thing not positive on is if there is a drain on the drivers side but there did not appear to be one.
     

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    First time back in a long while and the mice're still at it..

    Having dealt with pest damage and animal exclusion when it comes to homes, the methods I am using or plan to make use of are screening, rustproofing spray, and possibly the tape. But here are all the ones I've read about since first joining Priuschat.
    • Screening Cabin Ingress Points
      (great, but only covers each specific ingress points, can't miss any, only excludes access to the cabin area itself, most of engine compartment + mechanicals still exposed)
      1. hatch area (2 vented openings)
      2. engine air intake (intake funnel, cloth vents)
      3. engine compartment, firewall (7 openings)
      4. cabin air intake (unknown # openings, possible diffs between Gen II and Gen III?)
    • Odor deterrents
      (only a deterrent, can cover engine bay if applied there, odor can get into cabin)
      1. mothballs (mixed reports of effectiveness, benzene odor of mothballs fades, seems like you need to break the mothball crystals in order to get it to release more odor after a while)
      2. peppermint oil (questionable effectiveness, I've tried these with rodents in homes, never seemed effective, wears off)
      3. Transtar Amber Rustproofing spray (Rude person's cites using this to prevent corrosion in the engine bay and undercarriage areas and speculated the smell+texture may additionally deter rodents as well)
    • Ultrasonic deterrents
      (only a deterrent, similar to odors with added disadvantage of needing power source, reports of mixed or limited effectiveness, not only for rodents but pests in general such as in homes)
    • Rodent Deterrent Tape/Tubing
      (deters chewing on wiring, this tape has capsaicin, citrus, or similar irritants embedded in it in high enough concentration that they really won't like it (products share theme of warning that contact may irritate skin/eyes), do they have to bite it to learn that it tastes terrible?)
     
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    Most mice do not have strong brand loyalties, and will be deterred by Honda rodent tape, even in a Toyota.

    -Chap
     
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