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Hemond

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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 1:16:39 AM

Sheesh, I went to change my air filter and it was full of nesting material. Completely full. Looks like pink insulation, plus dog hair, plus lots of fluff. It was also full of rabbit pellets, at least I think they were pellets. They were bright lime green and the size of pencil erasers. No droppings though. And no critter in there.


What was in there? Mice? I vacuumed the whole thing out and now am worried.



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toms1120
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 7:42:36 PM

Possum
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:46:09 AM

It is either a mouse or a rat!
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nichols
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:37:33 AM

had a squirrel try to build a nest in my car, took about 6 tries before I got the bugger to stop
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 5:54:10 PM

Might have been a chipmunk ...
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Nicitok
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 11:07:38 AM

Leave a car a a drive for just a week or so, mice may build a nest. My pals Beemer had a nest in the air filter housing. My 89 Mercury had a nest on top of the block, the mice had ripped up my car insulation. Try putting mesh on the end of the air intake.
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:06:24 PM

rat/mouse/squirrel...urinate around the vehicle.
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sagnat
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:19:07 PM

Probably a mouse. Had that happen on one car that did more sitting than driving.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:50:48 AM

Had a squirrel build one under the hood of my one year old car. Chewed up some wires and insulation. Cost me $300.
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Maintroll
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:22:30 AM

I have had the same thing to happen and it was a mouse. These need to be checked periodically for situations like this.
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blckwolf
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:39:45 PM

If you don't drive your vehicle regularly, or you tend to let it sit for a week or longer, there are several critters that will build nests. These include:

1) squirrels
2) mice
3) birds

I have had at one point or another, all of these animals build a nest in my truck or wife's car when they sit for a while, and not just in the air cleaner.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:10:59 PM

I would guess mice. Now the trick is to get them from doing it again.
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:46:30 AM

I've had mice make a nest in the hood insulation and we've had issues with chipmunks or squirrels storing acorns in the air cleaner. We lived here for years and never had any issues, then about 10 years ago, the varmints discovered our vehicles and we've had issues once in awhile since then.
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jrfan6767
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:44:14 AM

it could be a squrriel,rat or who knows. i have been told never had to do it but they say if you take moth balls and place in the engine compartment this will keep the critters out, also the sooner you take care of this the better. i had a friend who had the same problems and once in there they chewed thru the wiring harness
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:31:56 AM

As for the car running, I don't think you'll have too much to worry about. As for the critter infestation, that's another story for pest control. Good luck.
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:26:26 AM

I had a rat making a complete mess inside my engine bay for a couple of months--feces, urine, and whatever it was eating.

Two $2 boxes of poison rat pellets from Walmart. It must have been tasty, and it solved it once and for all...
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:19:49 AM

Hi Gvan,

Yes, I too have heard about many "cat stories" in car engines. As I stated earlier, it is warm and comfortable in the engine compartment. Unless you live in the country (I do), there is little reason to check the engine compartment.

See ya :-) . MGY
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gvan
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 9:53:17 AM

I suspect mice were in the insulation under the hood of my car. I had corn cobs in my garage for feeding birds. Unfortunately, the critters stored corn in the hood insulation and every time I opened the hood corn rolled out. BTW, also had to make an emergency trip to the vet when the cat I had at the time must have climbed under the hood of a neighbors car and was injured when they started the car.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 9:51:18 AM

Critter control needed.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 9:37:34 AM

Good Morning Hemond,

When I was younger 1959-1961, my late Mother was a camp nurse at Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania. Since I and my brother had to work throughout the summer month each year, we were considered "staff members", but we did get to go to each camping session. One thing that was mandatory for anyone who had a vehicle (the Pastor had a Rambler American station wagon - remember them?) was to open the hood and check around to include taking the cover off the air cleaner. It seems that various animals liked to sleep in the engine compartment as it was warm after being driven. We found all sorts of nests, especially in the air cleaners, but rarely the animals. The biggest culprits were field mice. They also loved to get into the mattresses in storage and nursing supplies such as cotton balls to build nests. There were many others in the rodent family that did the same thing. You NEVER started your car without first checking because one of these critters might be in there and get caught in the belts or the fan.

My sister-in-law owns a 100 acre farm in eastern Pennsylvania. The field mice chewed through the main wiring harness of her minivan and it was costly to repair. I'd keep a check on the engine and consult with an exterminator and/or the Internet as to what to do. At camp, no one ever experienced vehicle damage.

Take care :-) . MGY
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wamster
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 4:15:50 AM

Probably a rat or mouse. The pellets might be actual Dcon poison pellets, or the animal ate the poison.
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 1:30:09 AM

It sounds like a bird, collecting nesting material
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