Beware of Mice (1 Viewer)

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Dec 16, 2014
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Just had my Elddis 155 (PeugeotBoxer) first major service.Mechanic found 4 dead mice in the airfilter container. He reckons they must have climbed up the wheels/tyres into the engine compartment then onto the crossmember above the radiator.There are 2 oval shaped vents leading to a large intake pipe leading to the air filter.
On taking the air filter out,a section of the paper fins had been eaten away.I can only assume they couldn't find there way back!
Motorhome is parked in a compound of crushed brick/stone in an industrial area.
I can't think of a permanent solution but have put cooking foil over the said vents with another piece on the steering wheel as a reminder
 

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4Travel

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It seems like a common problem, I've heard of it before and only about a week ago I replaced mine and would you believe it, a dead mouse and nibbled filter.
As you said there is only one way in, how they find it I have no idea.
Mind you, I don't mind them eating the filter if they leave the wiring alone!!!
 
Sep 28, 2015
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I can't think of a permanent solution
Rat Repel, it’s a powder that you sprinkle around the outside of the motorhome on the ground, it fools rodents into thinking bigger badder rodents live there already.
Worked for us, though it didn’t stop a Blackbird setting up its nest under the bonnet.
I’m not sure Rat Repel is still available but there are other similar products.
 
Jan 19, 2014
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Put a bowl of poison wheat under the bonnet, they love it. I put some in our garage as a precaution and after a couple of weeks they'd been eating it. Little buggers are everywhere, keeps them out of the shed too if you remember to do it in the autumn.
 

Two on Tour

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Maybe a bit on the expensive side but we have no problem with mice or rats. ;)

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Bart

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@Cobnarowl remember it could also be possible that the mice have been in there for quite a while, maybe even before the vehicle was registered..
 

GWAYGWAY

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Try putting some metal gauze over the air inlet to stop it happening again. Trouble is they get in but cannot get out again, would probably make the ideal mousetrap.
As for the squirrel catapult, they forgot to CGI in the plate which evaporated when the squirrel went off.
 

Grandchildren escapee

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A mouse ate my alternator cable last year. Very pleased when I found out as it was cheaper than the replacement alternator I was expecting to pay for.
 
Sep 22, 2017
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Sodding things must have drunk all my beers awhile back. A common problem I would imagine:)
 

TheBig1

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peppermint oil around points of entry helps keep mice away

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Sep 21, 2016
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I once found a dead mouse in an empty wine bottle in the garage, it got in but couldn't get back out for some reason. Apparently, dead mice are often found post mortem in the lungs of people found dead in their homes. Usually those poor souls who lie dead for weeks before they are found.
 
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I once found a dead mouse in an empty wine bottle in the garage, it got in but couldn't get back out for some reason. Apparently, dead mice are often found post mortem in the lungs of people found dead in their homes. Usually those poor souls who lie dead for weeks before they are found.
Too much information :sick:
 

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