I have been sharing my truck with mice. We live in the country, We have bird feeders. Mice are part of the deal. We don’t use any poisons. Poison kills other wildlife besides the target species ( owls, hawks, raccoon, possum, any critter that eats the poisoned animal or the poison itself!) we don’t use glue traps because they are extremely inhumane, torturing any animal is wrong. I use peppermint oil sprayed in the shed and snap traps under the house as we do have to have some boundaries but they need to be fast and deadly and targeting only the rodents and inaccessible to any other animal. The peppermint oil is expensive but it is effective, I’ve tried other organic sprays (nasty smelling stuff….peppers and fox pee) and little baggies of stuff that really didn’t work but smelled ok, along with some other organic options. I even use some live traps and released the captured rodents out in the woods.
Christy’s car had to go into the shop because a rat/mouse had made a very nice nest in her heater fan. So we used peppermint oil sprayed in her engine compartment to keep them out of there. It seems that worked but they have since migrated to my truck. I found this out when I went to get my sunglasses from the overhead compartment. A very small compartment in the ceiling between the front seats. The last place I’d expect mice to hang out…
We’re in the truck (she rarely goes in my truck, I will admit it’s not really fit for a lady or many other folk) I’m driving to the airport to pick up Suk, I opened the compartment and out fell my warranty paperwork – Shredded along with pieces of the case (a velvet type bag) for my sunglasses, cracked corn and peanut shells. I was thinking next a mouse would come jumping out! Thankfully that didn’t happen, so I took my sunglasses out and went to put them on ( hey don’t judge me, it was bright!) Christy was a bit grossed out, but whatever, I am who I am… they are clean country mice hahaha… I put them on and realize they had chewed off one of the nose grip thingys. hmm oh well they still work. I’ll just not keep them in there anymore and we can all live in peace and share the truck.
I keep bird seed and peanuts in the back seat, for feeding the birds out of the bed of the truck when I am at work, so I can’t blame the mice for wanting to live in my sweet ride, a 13 year old ford F-150. I guess I could have completely cleaned out the truck and put peppermint oil in the engine bay and something else inside , snap traps or something to get rid of them, but I didn’t. Though they seem to have a nest or something in one of the vents, I just turned that one off.. and called it good. ( I know, I know.. this is a terrible idea.. I just thought I’d try the co-exist thing full on with my old truck.) I was hoping that with the abundance of food that the wires and “stuff” would be safe. Maybe it would turn out to be their safe place and I could name him Fivel or Stuart or even Mickey. We’d have an arrangement, a driving buddy. I’d help the mouse family and teach them things like they did at NIMH…. Yeah whatever… I’m a dreamer I know.
We’ve had record heat (mid to upper 90s) in the Pacific Northwest for the past week. My truck was parked Friday night through Tuesday early morning. At some point during that time frame, I do not know what happened, but it seems that a mouse, who called my truck home and nibbled on my sunglasses has perished… somewhere…..in… the truck… it’s not just a feeling that I have. I opened the door to head to work at 0530 on Tuesday morning. I was overcome with the smell that many of you may be familiar with, the smell of warm, days old dead mammal. I do not have an alternate means of transportation. Tuesday the record temps were gone and we were back to the 50s. I tried turning on the heater, so I could drive with the windows down and hope that I don’t smell like a dead rodent when I get to work, but that was not to be (well not sure if I smelled or not but no one said anything…) the heater just made the smell worse. Maybe it was just the circle of life and it died of natural causes, all the electrical works hopefully not because his/her body is keeping the circuit connected… It’s obvious though that there are more than just the one. I went to let Christy experience the smell and it wasn’t too strong any more, she says “it smells like it always does” .. great thanks honey haha.. the smell has reduced quite a bit, but the truck is turned off, so I think it’s somewhere towards the front of the firewall and as the wind of the road hits it , is pushed into the cab. But, as I went to let her experience the joy of scent, I again opened the sunglasses compartment , low and behold there’s a fresh new nest in there… Yay! My friends stayed even though one of them has died.
Christy says I need a new truck, she’s been saying that for about 6 or 8 years now though.. I don’t want a new truck. I love my truck and I love wildlife… oh and I hate car payments and increased insurance premiums.. so, it looks like I will be spending most of Saturday morning watching youtube videos on how to tear out the dash & overhead of an F-150, searching for the body and then rest of the day or Sunday trying to put it back together with, hopefully not too many leftover parts.. I’m thinking my truck will soon smell strongly of peppermint……wish me luck!
As always friends,
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