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Help me, I have a mouse problem

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by steeel, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. Aug 14, 2020 at 2:10 PM
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    Luckily I don’t think this problem is all too common in Colorado! Yikes!
     
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    that’s a salvage title after that shit lol
     
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    imo and from exp, if you're getting mice/rats in the garage do a perimeter search of potential entry points from outside into the garage. poke around with your fingers. i had a problem with some field mice/rats that were coming in the garage at night to feed on some food stored. critter control came and helped me find large gaps in my garage door at the corners. they were coming in from there. luckily they weren't living in the house or walls only coming at night then leaving. we closed off the gaps and problem solved. he also taught to regularly inspect the house perimeter and other potential entry points. cut off where they come in and your traps will go untriggered.

    if the truck is outside that's a whole diff game. if they get in they like to chew and eat the soy based wire coverings in harnesses, etc. potentially thousands of dollars damage. harder problem to solve. some good suggestions here already. i'm battling a squirrel(s) atm since cars parked more often these days. i've got a microfiber cloth doused in critter ridder under the hood and it's keeping it at bay. put a note on the seats to remove before driving. they chewed the hood insulation of my daughters prius and started building a nest, and crapped all over the place tehn started to eat our sienna engine cover. bastards.
     
  6. Aug 14, 2020 at 3:16 PM
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    I had a rodent problem in my outdoor garden/lawn equipment and tried this stuff with great results. :thumbsup:

    Edit: Forgot to say that it does have a pleasant ceder type odor and I wouldn't have any problem using it in my truck if needed.

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  7. Aug 14, 2020 at 3:39 PM
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  8. Aug 14, 2020 at 6:36 PM
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    We have a couple of hawks patrolling the neighborhood lately. It's been a pleasant snake and rodent free summer so far.
     
  9. Aug 15, 2020 at 12:29 AM
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    Bait stations works for me. They eat them up like candies. Be prepare when winter comes. Rats love building their nest next to your warm engine.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2020 at 1:04 AM
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  11. Aug 16, 2020 at 8:10 AM
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    Hi folks, first post in this great forum! I had a huge problem with mice shortly after purchasing my 2014 Limited. Poison was killing them but they just kept coming. One day I couldn't get the truck out of park and I had to stick a screwdriver into that little bypass on the console. Pulled the console apart and found the little wire to the solenoid had been chewed through and mouse droppings everywhere. Also had the big hole in my cabin filter that others have described, as well as a dead mouse. I finally fixed the problem permanently. I removed the wiper arms and popped the cowl off. You will find a HUGE opening in the firewall with no mesh protecting the opening! Direct access to the duct system for the rodents. I purchased some fine mesh hardware cloth at home depot to plug the opening with. Also cut a piece and placed it on top of my cabin filter for added security. I also now spray my engine bay periodically with rodent repellant and have a large bait trap near the truck. I haven't had a mouse in years. Hope this helps some folks with their problem!
     
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  12. Aug 16, 2020 at 4:15 PM
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    FYI, First post ...
    Wow, I have an active mouse problem. I need to remove the glove box, or whatever necessary to clean dog food out of the ac fan and the entire cavity beneath the cabin filter. Went camping 1 week ago, found mouse sign. upon returning home I emptied out the cabin, placed traps and got 3 mice. All good, NOT! After reading this post I checked my cabin filter, its stuffed with dog food and so is the fan underneath. This entire cavity needs cleaning, at least 3 cups of dog food disappeared and only a hand full has been recovered from the cabin filter - can't get to the rest.
    I took out the three easy to see screws in the glove box - of course nothing can removed from just that.
    Need help so I may sleep tonight.
    Many thanks in advance
    Cheers
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  13. Aug 16, 2020 at 5:27 PM
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    I got the fan out with the three screws on bottom and the various electrical connectors ( bat. was unplugged prior ), still cant get to something holding the glove box in on the right side, air bag trip piece was removed. screw / bolt on left side under air bag trip piece removed. Cant see the remaining fastener(s) on right side of glove box.
    I can't believe the volume and mass of dog food that 3 mice moved in a night, and I did not here though I was sleeping in the bed. Never feel sorry for mice.
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  14. Aug 16, 2020 at 5:37 PM
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    Wow....these are some bad mice incidents!
    I have found that heavily-scented fabric softener sheets and bars of Irish Spring (GREEN, not blue) keep mice away. Place the sheets in areas of the truck like the glove box and the soap in perimeter areas of the garage. Works to keep mice out of some classic vehicles we store through the winter.
    Rodents hate the smell of this stuff.
    Cheap to get at the dollar store.
     
  15. Aug 16, 2020 at 7:01 PM
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    Wow, Bob, sounds like quite a mess. I vacuumed my duct work out as best I could by attaching various flexible hoses to my shop vac and shoving them into the exit points for the heat/ac. I was after the turds and chewed up debris, don't know how successful that would be with dog food. I wish you luck. Lysol or similar scented disinfectant sprayed into the ducts helped get rid of the smell as did a scented cabin filter. Until you cover the fresh air intake with a screen they will keep getting in. That opening in the firewall is about a foot wide and a couple inches high.
     
  16. Aug 16, 2020 at 7:27 PM
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    After huge problems with mice getting into my last truck, the first thing i did when i bought my Tundra was to block off the huge gaps on the lower plastic window cowl near the hinges. I cut and formed some wire mesh, and set them in some black silicone. Others take the whole cowl off and seal off the huge holes which also works great. I check mine pretty often along with the air box which is another of their favorite nesting places. So far, so good. :fingerscrossed:

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    Best mouse trap I know of is a cat.
     
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    Looks almost identical to what I just discovered while going to change the cabin filter crazy how dirty it is after only 10 months.....—but no actual mouse for me. Does anyone have a link on how to remove the wiper cowel? I want to try and clean it out as best as possible as I see some nest stuff down there :(

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    Zach, you need to remove both wiper arms and then remove the fastener on each end of the cowl. At that point the cowl should pop off. The wipers arms can be a little troublesome sometimes after backing off the nuts you'll find the arms require some force to get them off but they will come off.
    My problem resurfaced two weeks ago. The bastards tore up my hood insulator and chewed through the washer fluid hose. I repaired the hose by splicing it back together with a brass barbed adapter, soaked the hood insulator with rodent repellant and put it back on. I discovered that my external bait trap had been picked clean resulting in mice under my hood again. I have a really fake looking plastic rock that I got on Amazon that holds 12 blocks of poison and they ate it all! First time that's happened.I

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    Damn dude that’s probably enough to kill off 100-150 mice! Where do you live?
     
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    Lol. I'm in southern New Hampshire and I have lots of woods so that number sounds about right! The bait trap is big enough to kill the chipmunks too, they also seem to like my truck.
     
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    Thank you! Thats super helpful. I scrolled up and just saw your prior post. Looks like I'll be sealing off that large opening and the ones by the hood hinges with some mesh as well.

    I've been wanting to remove and paint the wiper cowl anyway but didnt think I'd have to do it from a damn mouse lol
     
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    If chipmunks are hitting your bait station, they are likely to empty it and move it to their nest - without actually eating it. use snap traps, or a 5 gallon bucket with seed floating a few inches of water to get chipmunks.
     
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    First I’d cover the intake hole into the Hvac with hardware cloth.

    after extensive research a few years ago on this subject, the below photo was the best solution to keep mice out of vehicle. The guy that researched this spent quite a while trying to come up with a solution. This photo is not his setup, but the concept is the same.

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