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There's a mouse living in my car!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
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There were enough clues for me to figure this out earlier. A few days ago my cat, Will, was sniffing around the front of my car. He's not usually interested in the loud, rumbly death machines that take him to the vet. Eventually he got bored and went to do something else.

And then yesterday while I was driving my other cat, Sammy, back home from the vet, there was a loud thud and the blower motor stopped working. Yet another piece of my car needing repairs seemed normal to me, so I just made a mental note to find out how to fix the blower unit.

But while I was driving today, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Was that... a mouse? A minute later I saw it again, crawling around the windshield wipers as the car was cruising at 45 mph.

So I pulled over, thinking I'd pick it up by the tail and toss it out. (That's what you'd do, right? This is a new one for me!) But as soon as I got out of the car, the mouse crawled into a crevice. I looked around for it under the hood, but found nothing. After a minute of waiting for it to come back, I gave up and drove home.

At home I tested the blower, and it works again! So the unlucky mouse must have fallen in yesterday, only to climb back out to wreak more havoc today. I tried looking under the hood again, and checking behind the glove compartment (the blower stuff is behind it), but I still can't find the mouse.

I considered using the cats to catch the mouse after the car had cooled down, but I'm worried they'll leave half a mouse inside. Now I'm thinking about setting some kind of trap, but maybe the internet will know what to do.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2009-10-21 02:41 am (UTC)
Believe it or not this is very common in the country (or at least where I live). I don't think my family has owned any car longer then 5 years before we notice a mouse living in it. I admit to never actually seeing the bastards running around, we usually just find their nests.

Still the solution is pretty straight forward. You poison the unholy vermin! ;) Just put a small handful of those poison pellets somewhere flat and relatively stable in the engine of your car. Sometimes around the battery can be best (depending on make and mode). Be careful to put it in a relatively tight place, you don't want your cats eating the stuff.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2009-10-21 04:12 am (UTC)
Then don't you end up with rodents decomposing in your car? That's going to smell even worse!
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2009-10-21 11:42 am (UTC)
sometimes you get lucky and they go die somewhere else. But yea most often they die somewhere in the engine. It smells for about a week and then its done. Unless he's in the ductwork (or whatever) you won't smell him when your in the car. And its better then letting him roam around chewing on wires.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-25 02:06 am (UTC)
If you can park somewhere warm overnight and set a humane (or inhumane) trap with delicious peanut butter or what not, that may save you from getting decomposing mice in your vents.

Happened several times to my Volvo when I lived in the country. THey peed all over my engine so I could definitely smell them...
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From: miaflo18
2010-08-10 03:16 am (UTC)
It's normal to have a mice in the car once the car itself is not properly maintained. Also, having mice in the car can cause some parts (blower motors) to run down.
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