How do you keep mice out of the car cabin filter?

I live in the countryside. Mice are always squeezing into strange places. I even found one in my shoe. Clearly, my cat’s not doing his job. What’s worse, they’re getting in my car now. What’s the best way to keep them out of my cabin filter?

Mice can be dangerous when it comes to cars, as they sometimes chew through the wiring. Plus, their droppings can make us ill if we breathe in the particles.
To keep mice out of your car’s cabin filter, try moving your car out into the sun to heat it up. Keep the hood open, too. It seems counterintuitive, but if they can’t find dark, cozy, seemingly safe places to hide, it will be a less welcoming place to nest.
Other options include driving your car more frequently and being loud. The growling engine and car’s movement will likely send them running. The same goes for honking the horn and blasting music.
Lastly, search your car to find out where they’re getting in. Then, use something stinky that they won’t like to keep them from going there. You can try:
  • Pine-Sol
  • Peppermint oil-soaked cotton balls
  • Cedarwood chips
  • Cat fur
  • Cat litter
  • Irish Spring soap
  • Dryer sheets
  • Cayenne pepper (be careful with this one—if you turn on your vents and inhale it or get it in your eyes, you’ll be sorry)
The good news is that, if the mice chew through your car wires, the damage should be covered if you have comprehensive coverage included on your car insurance policy. If you don’t, use Jerry to shop around for better coverage—without overpaying for it.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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