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Old Today, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I have heard that mothballs deters most rodents.
Have you ever smelled mothballs?
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Old Today, 12:53 PM
 
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You scattered them inside the car, but they don't really go there anyway. They go under the hood, warm engine. Plus, that infamous by now butane insulation that smells to them of peanuts, that attracts them.

There are pet safe bait dispensers. I have 4 of them in my chicken farm, never had an issue with poisoned chicken.
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Old Today, 01:01 PM
 
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Once having owned a pest control company, I received many calls to eliminate rodents that damaged car wiring. While the new, plant-based wiring may have exacerbated this problem, rodents have always chewed on wiring. They need to chew to file their teeth, which would grow to a point where they couldn't even eat.

From Wiki - "Dec 16, 2009 - In the last 10 years, more than 194,000 people have been injured in home and building fires, and almost 37,000 people have died. Rodents started 8% of all these fires by chewing through electrical wiring and causing a short..."

I have never used any methods other than snap traps, bait boxes, or (rarely) glue boards to control rats and mice, so I can't comment on any of the interesting suggestions mentioned above. Just one comment on the bait boxes, though: they are risky to use around dogs.

A friend had a German Shepherd, so I placed some chocolate cookies in a bait box, and that dog destroyed the box to get to the cookies. Another friend placed a poison-filled bait box beneath a home, and the family pet got into the box, consumed the poison, and died on the way to the vet.

While a smaller dog may not succeed in opening the box, he might shake it enough to release some of the poison. That is why bait boxes should always be secured, and there are multiple ways to do that. They can be staked to the ground or wired to a pole, and I have gone so far as to pile chunks of concrete upon and around a bait box, so a child or a pet would be denied access.
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Old Today, 01:28 PM
 
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Yeah all the garlic powder and pepper in the car have done is make a mess to vacuum up.
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Old Today, 03:19 PM
 
Location: USA
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We had tried the crushed altoids deal at one point after a hardware store employee recommended it. Exterminator we eventually hired just laughed. That's candy that they'll eat right up. Sugar is the first ingredient after all. We tried all sorts of deterrents. He said he doesn't know of any that work. Just have to kill or physically block them off.
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oh, since I didn't crush them, I can easily retrieve them and throw them in trash. Immediately after reading your post, I went to my car and cleaned up the altoids out and discarded them. I have been putting my cat's potty business near my car. Not sure how much that will work.

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I have heard that mothballs deters most rodents.
I've heard they're really not that effective.

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Yeah all the garlic powder and pepper in the car have done is make a mess to vacuum up.
I realized that after I wasn't so angry and upset what the mice had done. It's just not my car tho. My mom has similar problem with mice getting into her car which parks next to mine. We live in farm country so mice is everywhere. I was thinking of setting those TomCat mice traps in my car. Not sure if that smart or not?

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Old Today, 05:43 PM
 
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Honda, I believe it is, sells a capsaicin infused electrical tape.

Not for preventing it the first time, but preventing reoccurences.

I've had a few automotive techs swear by the stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/Honda-4019-23.../dp/B00AJTG3N0
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Old Today, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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My resident mouse likes to store chicken food in my Audi, I have tried Irish spring soap which nearly killed me but didn't deter the mouse, poison blocks in those tamper proof covers .. they are nibbled at but the mouse (mice) persist. The Audi is going to its new home tomorrow, hopefully the mouse will approve of living elsewhere.
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