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  • Mouse nest in my truck's glove box!

    I know this isn't unheard-of or even uncommon, but YECCCH.

    Had the dash lights go out on my truck this weekend so in the process of diagnostics (it turned out to be a humble fuse) we found the offending mousy matter (hair, poop, chewed up paper) in the truck's glove box. No, I don't look in there very often!

    I know there's a risk of the mice chewing on wires and things, but what is the best solution? The truck VERY rarely gets used other than for hauling the trailer or shlepping something BIG. We have 2 perfectly normal cars for daily driving. So it sits . . . sometimes for months. Usually in the winter it's in the garage and it's parked outside by the barn in the summer, when it's used much more frequently. (several times a month at least)

    Now I don't really know when Mr. Mouse may have moved in (like my alliteration?) because I literally can't remember the last time we checked the glove box. Would the long stretches of time in the garage be the more likely mouse-friendly time, or parking it by the barn where it's closer to mouse country?

    Any suggestions how to eliminate or minimize this problem? We don't really want to keep the truck in the garage all the time as we need the space for the regular cars.

    Thanks.
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    I had mice (with babies) move into my lawn mower (inside the motor housing) one spring...I won't go into the gory details but I now pack the entry holes with mothballs between each use and store it that way over the winter. Seems to work, but it would probably stink up your cab...

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    • #3
      Use the truck. Sorry but that's the only way I know of to keep these sorts of things from happening. I suppose you could use mouse traps etc, but then if you don't open the door on the truck for a couple of weeks . . .
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        Thanks--so you think it's the amount of time the truck sits idle that invites the meece? Makes sense. I can drive it to work once a week or so. Makes my male partners green with envy.
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        • #5
          Get a pair of pantyhose, some cotton balls, and a bottle of pure peppermint extract (not "flavoring") - most grocery stores sell it in the spice section.

          Cut each pantyhose leg into shortish lengths (6" or so). Take a length, knot one end, insert several cotton balls, tie off the other end, apply mint extract to cotton balls (it'll soak right through the pantyhose). Place in glove box and other places inside the truck (under the seat(s), along the sides, etc.).

          You will then have a minty-fresh truck that mice probably won't want to stick around to enjoy with you. Most mice have a huge aversion to the smell of mint. It worked with hubby's car, so, hopefully, it'll work with your truck!
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          • #6
            Mothballs. If you can stand the smell. I kind of like it myself. Reminds me of my grandmother.
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            • #7
              You could try some sort of rodent repellent. I have a friend that used something called Fresh Cab. It is herbs in a little pouch that put out a strong fragrance of cedar or cinnamon or something. I think that there are other mice repellents out there now as well.
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                Great suggestions, thanks! I prefer mint to mothballs, never having known my grandmother!
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                  Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                  Thanks--so you think it's the amount of time the truck sits idle that invites the meece? Makes sense. I can drive it to work once a week or so. Makes my male partners green with envy.
                  May not be idle time (no pun intended) as hubby drove his car every day and STILL the mice infested it. Never could figure out why they preferred his car over my truck that doesn't get driven nearly as much.
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                  • #10
                    Stuff it with steel wool.
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                      Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                      Stuff it with steel wool.
                      The mouse? The truck? My grandmother?
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                      • #12
                        Well, I think you have to open the glove box up too. Now here's what my DH's buddy had to do, he had to clean out the car, not leave anything possibly edible or nestable and learn to live with his mouse. Supposedly his registration was the center of a lovely nest for a year.
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                        • #13
                          Oh, god, I've been living this Mouse House Truck Nightmare for months now! I have a similar set up with my barely used big truck and mice moving in. My manual became a lovely mouse nest in my glove box, too. The stink! I can barely stand to be in the truck--with the windows OPEN! I've cleaned it with antiseptic wipes and bleach (no Hanta virus now, damn you mice!) and used Febreeze liberally, but that cloying scent of rodent urine remains. Gag!

                          I am going to go with the peppermint oil treatment and move it to my mom's house in town (we have to park it outside...within easy striking distance of those nasty deer mice) for the winter.

                          If I were richer, I'd trade the freakin' thing in, and get a new-to-me truck...it's that bad.

                          Deltawave-I share your pain. Perhaps we need to form a clique? There must be more of us "My truck houses rodents when not in use" folks on COTH.
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                          • #14
                            Now here's what my DH's buddy had to do, he had to clean out the car, not leave anything possibly edible or nestable and learn to live with his mouse.
                            Yes, but there are lots of parts of your car that are necessary for your car to run (air filter for example) that a mouse finds to be nestable material.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                              The mouse? The truck? My grandmother?
                              Yes.

                              The glove box. They can't chew it, so they won't nest in it.
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                              • #16
                                I vote you try the minty truck freshener and let us know if it worked.

                                I sold our camper because starlings had nested in it for two years in a row, via the furnace grill - sold the whole thing, including the starlings to a nice fellow from up the street.

                                I just could not sleep in that thing imagining the dead baby birds, the poop and the rotten starling eggs in the walls ...
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                                • #17
                                  UGH, I'm dealing with mice in my suburban, my house, AND my classroom. IT is WAR!!! I too had a mouse in my burban that had nested in my glovebox, nothing like finding that out 0-0. I had a pest control company come out and he gave me some advice, first of all you have to trap them in the vehicle, I didn't get one, I got TWO!! Second he said for a while park in a different place every single day. Eventually they will forgot about your vehicle and take up residence somewhere else. I did that for about a week and haven't had any since. I've also tried peppermint oil in my house, never worked.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                                    I know this isn't unheard-of or even uncommon, but YECCCH.
                                    Not uncommon?? Gross. I had never heard of mice (or other critters) making their way into the cab. I've heard a multitude of stories of squirrels going bonkers on the wiring in the engine, though.

                                    I'd love to know if the peppermint thing works! I have a similar tow-once-a-month-if-that truck and also love the smell of mint.
                                    Though I have yet to have a creature move in in over 5 years other than chameleons into the engine. Lemme tell you how bad I felt when two of them climbed out onto the hood on the highway and right up to the windshield. "Heeeeelllllp!!!!" They survived the trip and crawled back into the engine when we finally made it to our destination.

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                                    • #19
                                      At least it's not snakes. There was a hilarious call on Car Talk a few years ago from a guy in the Pacific North West whose seldom-used station wagon became infested with hundreds of garter snakes. He and his wife got in the car and the wife looked down at her sandals and realized it wasn't a leather sandal strap she was looking at... ...it was a snake! I would have died.

                                      They had recently moved a large wood pile next to the place where the car was parked so the snakes migrated into the vehicle and it was really difficult to get them all out.
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                                      • #20
                                        I had a car a few years ago that became home to a sweet little mouse (not!). I discovered her when she ran across my feet while I was tooling along at 50mph, while talking on the phone (with my ear piece!) to Mr. CC. I drove with my pants tucked in my socks for a week... I traded it in the next week on a new Subaru. My country mouse became a city mouse that day!
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