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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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