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Hi another qustion! After all the things I did on last post, my latest discovery is dropings under Passengers and drivers seat, but not anywhere else. Now let me say I am not positive I checked under those seats after I had car detailed on the 9th of Sept. crazy but I just can't remember. I also have had spring traps in car for 5 days now haven't caught anything. So that leads me to my questions any chance they could get under seats without going anywhere else in car???????????? 2nd- I have now since heard of all kinds of make and model cars being victum to mice infestation, so why do we think it is specific to Honda? 3-rd It has been sugested to have car fumigated by having amonia run through air ducts good idea or bad any input would be great. last but not least how do mice get to cabin air filter? Thanks in advance for any help because I have not drive car but three times since 8th of sept. and loosing patience and mind.
 

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I'll take a stab at a few:

Fumigation of any kind is done to get rid of smell and occasionally insect infestations. Ammonia is highly corrosive, and I would not want it on the rather fragile evaporator core. I've used Lysol sucked into the recirc intake on occasion to deal with musty odors.

Even a "safe" fumigation is risky; you don't want the buggers to die where you can't get to them easily.

Mice can get through amazingly small openings, possibly through the fan blades. I can't imagine they'd like that spot because of large air movement and noise when the car is running.

The question is; have you found a mouse at the cabin filter or just nesting material which gets easily sucked down through the cowl and recirc intakes? I'd more suspect the mouse nest was originally in the cowl or maybe up high in the dash.
 

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Have not found a moues or mice as of yet, only nesting in squirrel cage cleaned out and have not had a problim since in squirrel cage. The car does not smell at all but I do have bounce sheets in there and a product called fresh cab,so if there was I might be covering it up. If they were in dash would there be any signs? Like I said only found droppings under seats in front no where else since and could be from original infestation. Do mice leave on their own sometimes since i have removed the nest? Thanks again for your help!
 

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Mouse poop anywhere in the car isn't good. If you vacuumed the car really well and then found droppings again..bad deal.

If one died in there, you'd smell it. You can peer around up under the dash for any nesting signs or mouse droppings. They'll also nibble wire and plastic.

Throw your cat in the car for an hour and see what he finds! :)
 

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inflsrv said:
Just curious where and what is the cowl?
From Wikipedia ...

A cowling is a covering of a vehicle's engine, most often found on automobiles and aircraft. Cowlings can serve multiple purposes, including aerodynamics, cooling of an engine by directing airflow, as an air intake for jet engines, and for aesthetic or decorative purposes.

See NACA cowling, and Townend ring for examples in aviation.

The word cowling is derived from cowl, a garment worn by monks.
 

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good guess by all and Wiki.

If you pull up the cowl/cowling/hunk o plastic with a bunch o small holes punched in it just below the windshield wiper blades (performed from under the hood), you'll discover two large holes in the firewall (sheet metal that separates engine compartment from the passenger compartment). It's these holes that are suspected to let in the vermin, especially if the cowling is not snapped down tight against the car body.

Anyone actually find nesting material near those holes?
 

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I just saw this thread after trading my 2002 EX CRV for a 2006 EX 4wd Pilot. I want to prevent the mice problem (have seen some poop inside car), so I took apart the pass side cowling. I can see how easy it is for them to get in. Thought about gluing screen around the intakes, but there are a bunch of them across the width of the car, with other little lips left and right of that that will be hard to seal up. If you pull the cowling you will see what I mean. I decided to put screen around the little rubber flapper that lets air in and water out in the side of the fender/cowling. Only had time to do one side last night. Will finish the job later. I did put a piece over the recirc inlet inside the car. That is the easy one.
 

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Found more mouse poop inside car, so they are still getting in.

Pulled the cowl last night and decided to try to seal up the air intake for the a/c - heater. Ended up bending the metal that covers the hole (just aft of the shock mount) to gain access, and fashioned a piece of screen (1/2" hardware cloth) to cover the hole. It is a tight access, and requires the use of mirrors to see everything properly. The screen was about 6" x 10" or so; I bent the back of it (closeset to firewall) up to wedge the back edge down against the intake hole. The front was anchored by drilling a small hole in the raised intake area and securing the screen with a ty-wrap. I also spread as much "Plumbers Goop" around the screen and intake lip to hold it down. No more mice should get in there!

The other area of entry is the exhaust air port in the back of the car next to the jack storage. You can see it from inside if you remove the jack, or from underside the car between the bumper cover and body of car. It has a plastic grate inside, but the spacing of the grate is very large and will not prevent mice from getting in. I saw mouse poop in this area when I removed the jack! They can probably get in here easier than the A/C! I have not sealed up this area yet, but will do so soon. The rear bumper cover will need to be removed to gain access. I found the procedure for removing the bumper cover by searching for install instructions for the backup sensors at Bernardi Honda website.

I will try to post pictures of what I have done when I have more time, and I figure out how to do it!

Honda definetly blew it with the design of the car in these two areas!
I should not have to go through all this trouble, but I am through with having mice in my car, and cleaning up mouse poop inside it every week!!!!
 

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I had poop on the engine and a wire was chewed last year. Cost $150 to repair.

I tried mothballs in the engine, but can't say that really works. Finally, this year I poured vinegar all over the engine (just on the big plastic parts) since either a rat or squirrel was stashing up acorns on my battery. The vinegar seems to work as a deterrent. I also put a bin of strong mint foot soak underneath the car engine (mixed with water)-

so far so good...the vinegar is obnoxious, but the car is outside.


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I am sorry if I am asking a question that's already been answered but where is the AC blower (the circular plastic piece) located?

I have been hearing noises when using the heater and I am now worried that a mouse could have gotten in. I have looked around for hours trying to find out where the blower is located but could not find any so now I am posting this question.

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jhk214 said:
I am sorry if I am asking a question that's already been answered but where is the AC blower (the circular plastic piece) located?

I have been hearing noises when using the heater and I am now worried that a mouse could have gotten in. I have looked around for hours trying to find out where the blower is located but could not find any so now I am posting this question.

Thank you
Behind the glove box, for disassembly search for threads re cabin filter replacement.
 

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Oh I guess it's in the same area as the cabin filter. Thanks!
 

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I'm going to resurrect this thread because we started noticing mouse droppings in the Pilot (including in my daughter's car seat... yuck).

Anyone have any success with preventing the mice from getting in? Pictures would be very helpful.

I've started putting mousetraps in the garage and caught three already this winter, but there's obviously still more as my wife found more droppings today.

Happy New Year everyone.
 

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sjlee said:
I'm going to resurrect this thread because we started noticing mouse droppings in the Pilot (including in my daughter's car seat... yuck).

Anyone have any success with preventing the mice from getting in? Pictures would be very helpful.

I've started putting mousetraps in the garage and caught three already this winter, but there's obviously still more as my wife found more droppings today.

Happy New Year everyone.
My first suggestion is an obvious one - get rid of the mice in your garage. That is what we had to do with the rats. We had mice/rats that came up out of the sewers and nested in our garage. So we had to mice/rat proof the garage. Our laundry was in the garage so we had to first put up wire in the dryer vent, then we installed a new garage access door (not the main garage door) with a sealed door jam - the old one side door did not have a seal on the bottom and the varmits could crawl underneath. We also took everything out of the garage and found lots of nests in boxes and things that we had to clean out.

As for the Pilot itself - we didn't do anything with it once we got rid of the mice/rats. Plus, we ended up moving the next year.

Good luck and happy new year!
 

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DrummerBoy523 said:


My first suggestion is an obvious one - get rid of the mice in your garage. That is what we had to do with the rats. We had mice/rats that came up out of the sewers and nested in our garage. So we had to mice/rat proof the garage. Our laundry was in the garage so we had to first put up wire in the dryer vent, then we installed a new garage access door (not the main garage door) with a sealed door jam - the old one side door did not have a seal on the bottom and the varmits could crawl underneath. We also took everything out of the garage and found lots of nests in boxes and things that we had to clean out.

As for the Pilot itself - we didn't do anything with it once we got rid of the mice/rats. Plus, we ended up moving the next year.

Good luck and happy new year!
I've caught 4 mice since I first noticed droppings in our Pilot, but my guess is that they will continue to come into the garage when the weather gets cold. We live next to a 5-acre park, so there is an never-ending supply of mice that'll find ways to get into the garage.

I'd like to figure a way to keep them out of the vehicle... so far I haven't had an issue with them getting into my Accord.
 
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