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      Mice in the BCM

      I'm spending a few days on the car and pulled out the battery to prepare, thought y'all might get a kick out of this. Mice taking up residence around the BCM.

      It has actually happened once before, I gotta find a way to discourage them finding this little cubbyhole. That connector carries a bunch of important stuff. Plus, it stinks.

      Before (left) and after vacuuming/washing (right)

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      My car has a nest in the exact same location! I don't think it's been occupied for a long time, though.
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      Quote Originally Posted by tmtalpey View Post
      I'm spending a few days on the car and pulled out the battery to prepare, thought y'all might get a kick out of this. Mice taking up residence around the BCM.

      It has actually happened once before, I gotta find a way to discourage them finding this little cubbyhole. That connector carries a bunch of important stuff. Plus, it stinks.

      Before (left) and after vacuuming/washing (right)

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      Hot glue a mouse trap with peanut butter. They will keep coming back until they are all dead. They also like the insulation pad under the hood for nesting material. good luck

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      Oh, they're gone now, it's more a question of keeping them out this winter, etc.

      I'm thinking maybe some wadded-up heavy mesh hardware cloth. At least in the big gaps directly around the wiring harness, and below the BCM motor.
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      Quote Originally Posted by tmtalpey View Post
      Oh, they're gone now, it's more a question of keeping them out this winter, etc.

      I'm thinking maybe some wadded-up heavy mesh hardware cloth. At least in the big gaps directly around the wiring harness, and below the BCM motor.
      I wouldn't suggest that. They'll just go into the body at that point like what happened on mine. I found sweet tarts hidden in the windshield drain line area where it plugs into the body from them making their way inside and hoarding my precious.
      I vacuumed it out the easy way, then at night, I put some peanut butter on a mousetrap. I put one in all 4 rim insides, one on the starter, and one on the battery (or on the trans mount if you've moved your battery), and one on the center "button" on the top of the plastic valve cover. I'll usually come away the next day with at least 2, and the following day at least 2 or 3 more and then a few more. Just be aware they may "jump" down into the steering rack area so if you don't see it look for it further down.

      Has never failed to solve my problem thus far when I notice my enginebay firewall padding making it's way over there.
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      Ew. And yeah, I know how to get rid of mice - where there's one there's a dozen.

      My car sits outside and you can see the maple seeds they brought in. Normally I'd eliminate the food source, but alas not here.
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      Drive it to Florida ... They have Iguanas in the 850s. Dont worry the car is on and the AC is running ....
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      No idea if it helps for mice, but here in the desert, pack rats do similar things. Especially if the car doesn't move often. One of the easiest and best solutions I've found is putting a light under the car at night. For some reason, they avoid lighted areas. Does it work on mice? May be worth a try.
      Otherwise, move the battery to the trunk so they don't feel safe. And then maybe those iguanas as insurance

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      Funny! When I pulled the battery to do the motor mount, I found an old mouse nest in the same location probably from when the previous owner had the car. Must be something that draws them there.
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