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Mice Activity Inside Truck

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by frostymitten, Dec 31, 2022.

  1. Dec 31, 2022 at 9:58 AM
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    frostymitten

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    Hey all,

    I have a 2017 Tundra. It has about 80k miles on it and is in really good shape. We just moved into a new house a few months ago which we are renovating so our garage is full and we have to park our vehicles outside. I suddenly noticed mouse droppings in various areas of my truck and torn up receipts. I spent about 6 hours cleaning and sanitizing everything… so disgustingly frustrating. My cabin air filter was torn up and covered with droppings. After I finished cleaning, I set a live trap (in hopes that I could catch multiple at one time) but have had no luck. Today (about one week after cleaning) I found more torn up receipts, droppings, and my new cabin air filter is once again covered with droppings. I’m beyond pissed and going to cover the inside of the truck with traps.

    my question to you all is: where the hell do you think they could be getting in? I’ve looked over the firewall and don’t see any evidence around the wire penetrations so I was thinking they’re getting in through the fresh air intake that leads to the cabin air filter. However, I don’t know exactly where that is or what to do at this point. Im afraid that there’s a lot more droppings in areas that aren’t visible and I’m terrified of them chewing on wire.

    Thank you in advance for any feedback you all might have.
     
  2. Dec 31, 2022 at 10:06 AM
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    The mice get in through holes in the firewall underneath the plastic cowling. The only way to keep them out is to remove the cowling and cover the holes with some wire mesh. Lots of great threads here to guide you through the process if you use the search function. Good luck.
     
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  3. Dec 31, 2022 at 10:07 AM
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    This. The people that do this have great success.

    Next thing to worry about is under the engine bay.
     
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    I use an abundance of kill traps with peanut butter. They really like peanut butter!

    I also have 3 ferocious felines.

    Like you I moved to a new house a few months ago. There WERE serious rodent issues here. In one day alone I caught 27 mice in our garage.

    It's not the time to be "nice" with live traps, unless you really feel like driving them a mile away after you catch them. Otherwise they will just come back and ruin more of your stuff.
     
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    Cats have been a life saver for us.
     
  7. Dec 31, 2022 at 10:36 AM
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    There is a thread on this forum about a man that nearly died from an infection caused by mice in the vents of his truck. Unfortunately I think you are going to be filing an insurance claim to have the entire dash and vents all pulled apart and sterilized. Search for the thread with the search box. It's titled something like "The mice that nearly killed me". Dude was literally hospitalized for a while. Be safe and get it handled.
     
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  8. Dec 31, 2022 at 10:39 AM
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    Fwiw, I use pine-sol soaked rags, pink Dove soap, peppermint oil, and dryer sheets in my engine bays, plus a few chlorine pool tabs on the concrete underneath to keep the damn mice away. So far, so good. Yes, I also screened the air intake with 1/4" hardware cloth before anything got in.
     
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  9. Dec 31, 2022 at 10:44 AM
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    On a side note, don't forget to cover the hole on the drivers side behind the wiper motor. Its hard to see and I missed it the first time around.

    IMG_1654.jpg
     
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    Had a group of 5 move into my last house before we had cats. I tried a large bowl half full with peanut oil and a glob of peanut butter at the bottom. Once they are in they cannot get out, got them all in one night.
     
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  12. Dec 31, 2022 at 11:32 AM
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    Sort of curious about the 3rd gen, was this issue addressed in the new design???
     

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