The decon pellets definitely don't work all that well. I had trays in the
garage and shop a few years ago. They got emptied but I never found any
bodies. Turns out the little bastards were taking the stuff and storing it for
later..... I had an engine for the Datsun on the stand over that winter. When
I started the disassembly process that spring the water pump was full of decon
pellets. The little bastards.
Moth balls and dryer sheets work as well.
> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:35:25 -0700
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: Shopemail@example.com
> Subject: [Shop-talk] Mice?
> Or voles, or field mice. Small rodents are trying to nest in the engine
> compartment of my 2004 Sierra (the previous subject of towing a bunch of
> iron to Utah from Washington). Last week when I popped the hood a mouse
> was standing on the fan shroud just staring at me, then it wandered down
> to the extensive nest it had made above the left cylinder bank. I
> vacuumed/blew the nest material out and went about my project of trying
> to determine the axle ratio/engine size. Today I moved the truck out of
> the shop and into the driveway and when I got out of the truck a mouse
> ran out of the engine compartment and into the shrubbery. The engine
> smells like mouse pee, but I can't find any new nest. I hosed the top
> of the engine block down with Lysol, but I need to find something to
> keep the mice away, if possible. Any ideas? I really don't want to
> have them get into the cab. A few years ago they got into the ac/heat
> fan blower cage of my wife's Forester and THAT was a mess to clean out
> because they had babies. Unfortunately they didn't survive cycling the
> fan a few times, and Subaru made the fan modular so it was pretty simple
> to get out once I figured out how.
> So any ideas on rodent repellant? I have already asked my wife to have
> our pest control contractor come out and put bait stations in the shop,
> but that might not be enough.