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Whether you have an obvious mouse problem at your home or not, there’s still a chance you could have one at any time. Mice can cause major damage in and around your home in many ways, including on your vehicle. They love getting under the hood during the winter since it’s warmer than being outside in the weather elements. The problem is they can cause serious damage to your vehicle. We’ve explained a potential solution to keep them away.

What Type Of Damage Can Mice Do To Your Vehicle?

Not only do mice store nuts and other food in different areas of the vehicle, but they also chew on wiring. Manufacturers often coat wiring with soy-based oil, which makes the mice think it’s a food source and try to eat it as a result. As you can imagine, wiring is a critical part of the vehicle’s ability to operate normally, so when it’s damaged, the repairs could be very expensive.

How To Repel Mice

Keep mice from damaging your vehicle with the proper steps.Anyone who has had a mouse problem before might have different solutions that work. The problem with mice is they are creatures of habit. So if one mouse gets under the hood of your vehicle, then another mouse could detect the scent and follow the same path. That’s why when you have a mouse problem, it’s often difficult to get rid of them. Stopping them as soon as possible is critical to protect your vehicle from major damage.


One of the best solutions we’ve found to repel mice is to spray the perimeter of your vehicle with a solution of peppermint oil and water. Mix two teaspoons of peppermint oil with a cup of water and a couple of drops of detergent and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it around your vehicle as you would around the foundation of your home. The idea is to throw off the scent of the mice so they won’t continue invading your vehicle.

Prevent Mice Damage To Your Vehicle This Winter And Beyond

With the temperatures getting cooler, now might be a good time to get ahead of any potential mice damage and spray a peppermint solution around your vehicle. They will be looking for a place to shelter, so spraying the peppermint solution will deter them from making your vehicle their home.

For more tips and advice on how to care for your vehicle, contact DeBoer’s Auto at any time.


Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.