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I have several customers with summer homes that swear by pure peppermint oil, the real stuff. Apparently mice don't like it at all.

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I remember reading something about newer wire insulation made from soy-based bioplastic being much tastier for our rodent friends. I think there is a Toyota lawsuit re damages not covered by warranty. FCA may be using this material now as well.

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I remember reading something about newer wire insulation made from soy-based bioplastic being much tastier for our rodent friends. I think there is a Toyota lawsuit re damages not covered by warranty. FCA may be using this material now as well.

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Bummer! I used to live on a ranch and for some reason the mice always thought my old Eclipse's spark plug wires were delicious...

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some kind of rodent had completely eaten away at my electrical wires.
if you don't have a plan for keeping them away you might consider what I do for my kids Chevy that gets stored for months at a time at a remote parking lot near the woods. I put a few moth balls in nylon stockings & zip tie them to a cpl areas in the engine compartment. then in the spring when they come home from school & we move the car back to our condo lot, we cut them off. it's just a winter thing. you can play with how many bags you make & how many balls in each bag to keep the smell reasonable. we use 4 bags with at least 5 balls in ea bag. the smell is pretty strong

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Thanks for all the suggestions.
I've checked inside the cabin too to bottom for any evidence and can't find anything.

The service tech also suggested rubbing a dryer sheet all over the engine cover.
Dont just rub the dryer sheets on the cover, TIE a few of them on things i n the engine compartment. we have chipmunks around and starting going in my engine compartment, so i tied dryer sheets on the hood release cable, by both hood hinges and a couple other places and i replace them once or twice a year to keep them strong smelling. i have not seen or found any evidence of chipmunks in the engine compartment now. Original scent Irish Spring bars work too, got that Information from Hot Rod magazine and i used to do that for a car i stored in the winter i put them everywhere and i never had any problems with that either. Dryer Sheets stay put better in a vehicle that is driven. Good luck and hope you never have trouble again.
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I've had a HUGE problem with mice inside the Jeep. They were getting in through the rear vents in the rear wheel wells. I glued metal screens over the vents and that stopped them bringing acorns in but I still get a few inside from somewhere else.

I keep a snap trap on each front floor mat and occasionally catch one.

I tried dryer sheets but that didn't work.
I tried these but they didn't work (smell wonderful though) https://www.amazon.com/Earthkind-Bot...ouse+repellent

Pretty much the best thing that works for me is moth balls. I rip open a few bags and sprinkle the gravel driveway beneath the Jeep.

I only drive the Jeep once every other week or so and I know that is part of the problem. Living in the middle of the woods doesn't help either....
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Heck rodents insult some humans on how skilled of workers they are, You should see what rodents do to the 3.0 Ecodiesel with the cocoon of sound insulation that surrounds that motor, I hate sound insulation it just deteriorates all the components it surrounds in the name of lowering sound a few decibels, I removed it form every Vehicle I own. it took 1.5 hrs to remove it form My Ecodiesel. When I clean My plenum in the KL the foam buried under it going to be removed. and if you live in the woods all that foam does is attract rodents, They can remove the battery cover in 1 night and build a nest on the exhaust manifold and you have a fire in no time. If you leave your vehicle in the woods when camping or nightly parking I recommend You up the hood before driving and check for rodent activity. its amazing how fast they can build a condo in 1 night.

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I've had a HUGE problem with mice inside the Jeep. They were getting in through the rear vents in the rear wheel wells. I glued metal screens over the vents and that stopped them bringing acorns in but I still get a few inside from somewhere else.

I keep a snap trap on each front floor mat and occasionally catch one.

I tried dryer sheets but that didn't work.
I tried these but they didn't work (smell wonderful though) https://www.amazon.com/Earthkind-Bot...ouse+repellent

Pretty much the best thing that works for me is moth balls. I rip open a few bags and sprinkle the gravel driveway beneath the Jeep.

I only drive the Jeep once every other week or so and I know that is part of the problem. Living in the middle of the woods doesn't help either....
I'm also in the woods and park a motorhome for months at a time on gravel in front of a barn. We use dryer sheets inside and mothballs around the engine and generator outside. The key was d-CON though. Mice take it back to the nest and kill off the colony. Problem is rodent poisons have changed and are not as effective today. Even so, there is risk of killing pets and other untargeted wildlife with any poison.

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