I am having problems with rodents getting into this car and eating my
cheese and cracker snacks in the glove compartment. They are very neat
and leave no crumbs, but leave empty wrappers. They are also wicked
I have put 1/4" wire grids over the air intakes and don't see any
Where else might there be openings?
Too late now.. they arent 'getting in' they ARE IN.
Tear all interior seats, panels, and carpet out.
Remove all trunk panels and covers
And NEXT TIME....
The only way to make SURE they wont get in is to park with all four
wheels in water moats.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
I thank all the responders for their insights.
I live in a chipmonk, red squirrel, field mice paradise. There is no
way to eliminate them. So I try to keep them out when I can.
I keep the cheese and crackers for low blood sugar moments. I now have
these stored in a rodent proof container.
I still would welcome suggestions as to how these critters are getting in.
Max Power wrote:
There is no way you can seal the vehicle well enough to keep them out.
For example check the rubber drain plugs under the carpet in the cargo
area; those can be missing (or gnawed away). There are many other
places where they can get in either directly or by gnawing the boot off
a cable run.
Try putting a couple of traps on the back seat and leave it overnight
(bait with some nice tempting peanut butter).
Trust me: I'm a T1; I can relate to needing supplies in the car for
emergencies. Let me also say though, that having your stuff in a "rodent
proof container" isn't enough. They will smell the oils, etc on the outside
of the container and still come in after it.
At church we have had an ongoing battle with flying squirrels. Last week I
noticed two different jars of peanuts in the cabinet, one had been opened
and resealed, the other one had never been opened. The squirrels had gnawed
the previously opened container extensively, but hadn't touched the still
Also, you'll be surprised at what rodents can gnaw through. Plastic is no
challenge whatsoever. PVC pipe would be a minor inconvenience, and plastic
storage containers are no harder than us opening a wrapper. I wouldn't be a
bit surprised to see them puncture a tin can if they wanted to.
Having said all that, may I suggest that you carry something other than
those crackers? I know that they work well for your lows, and are
consistent in nunber of carbs, etc. However, peanut butter or cheese
crackers are like Porterhouse steak to a rodent. Perhaps some hard candy or
something would still be handy, but not so attractive to the rats, et al. I
have a hunch that rodents aren't attracted to mint, but I'm sure some
digging around on the internet, or even experimentation on your part, will
result in a better solution than crackers.
Good luck, and keep avoiding those hypos.
However, they are averse to steel wool. Our "rat patrol" at work uses a
coarse grade of steel wool where they can't use expandable urethane foam -
which rodents don't seem to like much, but will gnaw through if they really
Plastics in general seem to be almost attractive.
I wouldn't say that. I have two Rattus rattus here in a cage about
eight feet to my right, who recently amused themselves by pulling a
pack of Tic Tacs into their lair and eating most of them. They also
steal chewing gum, when available.
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.