Darn Mice Can Be Expensive

harringtondav

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Summer '21 I noticed an unusual rumble from the truck's blower motor when I turned the A/C to max. Not normal, but I was too busy to see the dealer's shop. Warranty good for another year.
Mid summer this year the MIL lamp went on. Code was a generic EVAP issue. So I took it to the dealer expecting a warranty repair.
Nope. A mouse had chewed its way through the cabin filter and made a nest in the blower housing. Apparently the mouse or shrapnel had damaged a wiring harness causing the fault. Fan was knocked out of balance. New fan assembly. Total $720+, including two hrs labor @ $174/hr.
If I'd seen this coming I would have made the blower repair myself, and maybe noticed the wire damage. ...I bought the Ford seven year ESP warranty. It doesn't cover vermin either.
 

flashback

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They sharpen their teeth on anything and I've had an occasion of a fuel tank on a string trimmer that was nawed thru. And then attack the wiring to the fuel injection on my boys car..

Micky mouse is not my friend anymore!
 

airshot

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I hear ya...my son left his old car sit beside our garage while off to school for 6 months. Thought I woukd get it running just before his return. Opened the hood and all the spark wires were eaten from distributor to spark plug boot !!!!
 

Scott Danforth

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They are attracted to wire insulation because some of the chemicals are tasty to mice.

Other than feed for snakes/owls/etc. Mice could go
 

dingbat

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Learned along ago that mice shy away from things out in the open.

Have not had any issues since I started leaving the seats up and hoods up on the tractors.

Have 3 large metal storage cabinets that I store large power tools and supplies. Turned into a mouse condo in the winter. No issues since I started leaving it open in the winter
 

TPSK

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A ceramic toilet broke, while waiting for a new toilet from another city, a hole was opened. In autumn, a river rat "Muskrat" came to the boat through a hole in the water. She gnaws everything - couldn't catch 10 days. I fished for a very long time. Thought to close the hole. I caught it when I jumped back into the hole, put a jar there - it couldn't gnaw through.
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harringtondav

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I've never had a problem with mice in my boats in winter layover. I started by laying trays of mothballs, now dryer sheets. I don't know if these did any good, but once I figure where to place dryer sheets in the Ranger, I'll do it.
Thinking back I saw this coming. I keep my tools in the truck, including a heavy canvas bag for my large wrenches. I made the mistake of leavig a spare bag of dog food in there too. I noticed the bag was chewed open along with some chewing on the canvas bag. So this is on me. ...I invited them in. I thought the folding metal box cover was tight. Not tight enough.
 

alldodge

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Have a bucket trap in the barn and caught a few. Been putting PB in the center and as they walk out the roller turns and they fall in.

Now the sort of funny part.

Found the PB gone on all they way around and no mouse. Put more on it and next day all gone and no mouse. Set trail cam up and found the little bastard would get the PB off top, walk off, rotate the bar from the side and go back for more

So I put some red grease on both ends and found it the next day. Also noticed it wasn't moving to well and not breathing much. I'm guessing it ate some of the grease and that killed it, so red grease as bate maybe?
 

dingbat

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I've never had a problem with mice in my boats in winter layover. I started by laying trays of mothballs, now dryer sheets. I don't know if these did any good, but once I figure where to place dryer sheets in the Ranger, I'll do it.
Stored the boat under a tarp for years w/o any issues. Starting keeping the boat in the pole barn when we moved.

First winter they ate the PVC jacket off the gps antenna cable. Next year I put dryer sheets in the electronics box. They made a nest from the dryer sheets and ate the serial interface cable. WTF?

The top of the gunnel is 5’ off the ground. Unless a decedent of Edmund Hillary, how the heck are they climbing 36” of vertical waxed fiberglass to get in?

Removed the gunnel strap during winter storage and voilà.
 
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