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We once had mouse get into the living part of our house and we found
droppings on top the kitchen counters and stove.  I doubt they could climb
on the sides of the counter cabinets, so I'm assuming they jumped.  I've
seen them jump four or five feet horizontally when releasing them from a
Hav-a-hart trap.  So jumping a foot or less onto a car's suspension or
engine would be little problem.  Annoying little critters :).

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 6:13 AM, Hannah Bonner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I imagine that their only access is by climbing up via the tires, unless
> mice can jump up high? If so, perhaps you only need to coat the wheels with
> something.
>
> I know this is a bit gross, but a mammals specialist friend of mine and I
> once came across a live trap for catching martens and genets (our local
> "vermin") and he put the trap out of commission in a way the owner was
> unlikely to detect: he pissed on it. the smell of human urine was sure to
> keep the animals away from the trap. I'm not suggesting this for your car!
> and I don't know if it works with mice. But there' s a thought re there
> being smells they hate. If you have a cat and can train it to rub up agains
> the wheels  every time the car is pared, that would most certainly work! LOL
>
> Good luck!
>
> Hannah
>
>

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