PSA: Watch for vermin. Rats - Mice - Squirrels

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I've had similar issues with ICE vehicles. The more 'rural' your location, the greater the risk. Rodents love to chew on electrical insulation. Many thermoplastics contain soy oil. Some theorize the soy content tends to attract such vermin.
 

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You can also install an electronic ultrasonic rodent repellent in the car (battery or 12v operated) or garage/carport.
I used one of these in a mobile home I had on my farm. The mice chewed the cord on the repeller almost bare before it shorted and tripped a breaker. It did kill one of the bastards, though! 😆
 

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I had a mouse get into the HVAC system behind the radio controls on my 2018 Focus Electric. Stunk pretty bad until I had the dealer rip it apart and clean it all out. The solution is being vigilant with mouse traps. Cats actually help if they will hunt. I've got a bobcats hanging around. They're pretty useful. Also, the rattlesnakes are pretty useful, but I kill them on sight just on principle.

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You can also install an electronic ultrasonic rodent repellent in the car (battery or 12v operated) or garage/carport.
it won't drain the battery If you use one of those? Also where would you put it?
 

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Now that there are many of you that have a BEV for the first time, you should research this problem.

I just saw another person fell victim to a mouse causing $2800 in damage.
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This guy put a TRAP under the hood after $1500 in damage!
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Nice nest.
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This is my biggest complaint about all the plastic covering under the hood. There's no way to see if you have a freeloading stowaway until something breaks or the smell saturates the air filter. I keep a peppermint oil scented pouch under the hood of both BEVs, but it's not 100% effective. Every time I wash the car, I wash under the hood and check for evidence of squatters.
So where would you place these Peppermint bags in the Mach-E? I am not much of a mechanic and I am not very "handy."
 

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it won't drain the battery If you use one of those? Also where would you put it?
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If you have a garage/carport, you can plug it into an outlet and let the ultrasonic noise repel them from the entire space.
If you are placing it in the car and connecting to 12v, then you would need to connect to the 12v battery. It should be a very small drain and the car should keep the LVB level up using the DC-DC inverter -- assuming that has all been fixed now. You would want to place it under the Rear Luggage Compartment Cover (beauty panel). If you use a battery operated one, you might be able to place it in the Frunk and hopefully it is loud enough. However, I don't know if it would be. Since these are ultrasonic it's hard to judge without sophisticated equipment or a selectable-frequency sound meter app for your phone.

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With the Frunk being air-tight, I don't know if enough air would circulate from the Frunk into the space below it with electronics. I'd encourage you to put it under the Rear Luggage Compartment Cover (beauty panel). Hopefully it will protect wiring throughout the undercarriage as well.
 
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If you have a garage/carport, you can plug it into an outlet and let the ultrasonic noise repel them from the entire space.
If you are placing it in the car and connecting to 12v, then you would need to connect to the 12v battery. It should be a very small drain and the car should keep the LVB level up using the DC-DC inverter -- assuming that has all been fixed now. You would want to place it under the Rear Luggage Compartment Cover (beauty panel). If you use a battery operated one, you might be able to place it in the Frunk and hopefully it is loud enough. However, I don't know if it would be. Since these are ultrasonic it's hard to judge without sophisticated equipment or a selectable-frequency sound meter app for your phone.
You can use a simple smartphone app (I use Decibel X for iOS) to make sure these are really "squealing" but it will only work at close range. However, they are not very useful to see how far the sound is going.
 

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Anyone else get an ad at the bottom of this thread for pest control?! I find it spooky that the subject of the thread is keeping out pests and low and behold an ad for the same topic. :oops:

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Thank you all for the heads up. I had worried about this, but didn't know how to address it. I live on the edge of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. It's lovely to hike in, but it's been murder on my Fords. I have had One Escape totaled by the little bastards. My current Escape is in the shop now because they chewed it up. I have one of the electronic repellers in the garage right now, but we obviously need to figure out why it's not working. We have been plugging every hole in the garage we can find and researching rat proofing companies. I just fired the last pest control company that was supposed to handle this stuff.
All suggestions are welcome!
 

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OMG - I just searched mouse in the forum because I believe I have a friend in my Mach E!!! Or not so much of a friend!! Calling Dealer now... [email protected]$D^S&F!!!
 

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Get some peppermint asap.
That was the first thing I did👍 I soaked peppermint tea bags in peppermint essential oils and put that in a dish in the frunk, I think the little bugger is right up under the dash. I have also let the car sit in the sun, this is Washington though - so we are just hitting the 70s here. and it wont last... I test the solution by sitting quietly in the car and I heard it again this morning... Dealership says they are booked until May - I may have to start taking off the Frunk covers myself... I have the kit - I removed the dividers and have the beauty button kit... I am thinking about getting one of those sonic rodent repellers, but I am not sure if they work or not... all kinds of mouse traps in the garage just waiting for him to come out - but no joy so far...
 

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I wouldn't ask anyone to take my word for it but the FTC has warned the companies that make ultrasonic rodent and mosquito devices about making claims they can't back up with science.

I might also wonder why there are still exterminators or competing products at all if something as simple and convenient as the ultrasonic emitters worked as well as they claim.

Amazon has lots of great traps
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08CN6B6DX/
 

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That was the first thing I did👍 I soaked peppermint tea bags in peppermint essential oils and put that in a dish in the frunk, I think the little bugger is right up under the dash. I have also let the car sit in the sun, this is Washington though - so we are just hitting the 70s here. and it wont last... I test the solution by sitting quietly in the car and I heard it again this morning... Dealership says they are booked until May - I may have to start taking off the Frunk covers myself... I have the kit - I removed the dividers and have the beauty button kit... I am thinking about getting one of those sonic rodent repellers, but I am not sure if they work or not... all kinds of mouse traps in the garage just waiting for him to come out - but no joy so far...
you might be able just to drive to the dealer and get them to fit you in under the circumstances. if they have a "Quick Lane" even better.
 
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