I've always had a rule - no food in my car. Well, my wife has no such rule
and the kids often leave various scraps of food in her '95 E320 wagon.
Despite my efforts at keeping her car half-way clean, this morning my wife
found that a bag of Easter candy (hidden from the kids) was munched upon by
teeny-tiny teeth. I vacuumed the heck out of the car and found evidence of
mouse habitation under the seats, etc.
So here's my question: How could a mouse get into the car? It is always
garaged. Now tonight I plan to lay some traps for the critter(s), but any
ideas where else he/she might be living?
How funny, in a not unsympathetic way.
Anybody would know more about this than I do, but my older MBs had horsehair
stuffing under the carpets, and kind of an excelsior in the seats, between
the springs and the padding under the upholstered leather. I don't think
they particularly care what kind of nesting material they gather, though.
Mice are tiny, they're meek, and they hide well. You might try opening all
the doors, pulling up the back seat cushion, and see if anything runs out.
Failing that, you'll need to be sure to use only traps (not poison) because
there is nothing in the history of mankind that will make your car smell
worse than a dead rodent inside the heating/ventilation areas.
I would suggest glue boards, baited with cocktail peanuts. That way, why
you catch Mickey or Minnie, you'll be able to remove them. With poisons and
spray bombs, you never know where the critter will end up.
News update: Police apprehended a suspect in the general vicinity of the
crime during a "sting" operation. He (or perhaps she) bore a striking
resemblance to the description of the alleged perpetrator: brown furry body,
short tail, brown eyes, and a penchant for cheese. The suspect, however,
died during a struggle with authorities. Members of the Mus Musculus
community are outraged at what they perceive as police brutality while
police claim that the suspect fell down a flight of stairs during the
arrest. While an internal investigation will take place into the
allegations of excessive force, authorities have promised to continue their
I have no clue how he/she got in. All of the cabin air intakes look sealed.
So I'm assuming that the mouse came through a hole in the firewall (e.g.
brake pedal, wiring, etc.) after climbing up a tire, onto the suspension,
and into the engine compartment. Sounds bizarre, but that's all I can
Put your feline in the car overnight. Or borrow the neighbors cat. When the
cat hears the mouose he will be very very quiet until the mouse shows then
it will be all over. You may find a mouse head or two on your carpet in the
morning though. Its the cats way of saying "thank you." By leaving you a
gift. Worked for me.
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