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What's in Your Garage?

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    but I heard that you need to use them in moderation. I heard one extreme story where someone put them up in the attic of their townhouse to keep out the squirrels, but went way overboard, and as soon as the hot weather came, a Hazmat team had to be called out to clean it up!

    On Tuesday I went out to the garage to fire up my '79 New Yorker to drive, because my pickup had to go in the body shop to get its rear bumper fixed (second rear-ender in about 2 months).

    Well, as soon as I put the car into reverse and started backing out, a mouse jumped out from under the hood, and tried to climb up the windshield! It would hop up, and kept sliding back down, and stayed on the car until I backed out, and then it hopped off and ran into the woods.

    That whole day though, while driving that car, I swear I kept hearing critter noises. Now it could just be the car. After all, it's a Chrysler from the disco era, so squeaks and rattles were standard equipment, but for a moment I smelled something dead/rotten coming from the heater vents, and then for a bit the heater started blowing cold, like either a vent or vent door got blocked, or perhaps something was being chewed through. I was getting a bit paranoid, and started feeling like Willard or something! :surprise:

    I parked the NYer outside of the garage on Tuesday night, and last night put it back in, and set a trap. I've been seeing fresh droppings on the valance panel of my LeMans, that part that runs between the bumper and the body of the car, so I just set it there. I didn't go out in the garage this morning, since I have my truck back, but I'll check it tonite.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    Remember - caulk is your friend.

    I would go inch by inch around that garage looking for any possible opening that a mouse could squeeze through, and fill it with either caulk, or that expandable foam in a can - even up in the attic portion of the garage if it has one. However, I guess they could also be squeezing in around the garage door itself - in which case you could see if the door has any adjuability built in to it, or call the installer to see if they can do anything to hel lessen any gaps.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    I think I have an idea where they're coming through. There's a spot in the Southeast corner of the garage that has a little gap in it. During the summer when I had lizards, they'd always run for that spot whenever I'd enter the garage. And a couple weeks ago, when I started to back my LeMans out, and I heard a mouse jump off of it, it ran for that same spot.

    The garage doors actually seal up pretty tight. I was impressed. The garage at my old condo had about two inches of play in it at some points.

    Too bad I couldn't just get some snakes and let 'em loose in there! But it's cold enough now that the snakes would either hibernate or die.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "Too bad I couldn't just get some snakes and let 'em loose in there! But it's cold enough now that the snakes would either hibernate or die"

    Or just get a "garage cat" (de clawed of course for when it jumps up on your cars).
  • stmssstmss Posts: 206
    I don't have mice in my garage - but I do have a 62 Jaguar - maybe that cat is the trick ;)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    yesterday, and finally caught something. But I don't know what it was. It was small and furry, but didn't look quite like a mouse. It was dark grayish brown and had short little legs and a really short, furry tail. It also had a really tiny head and a plump body. It was kind of a cute little thing, cuter than the mice I get at the pet store to feed my snakes.

    It had a softer looking fur than what mice usually have, too. More like the velour you might find in an '80's LeSabre Limited, rather than a base Monte Carlo. :P

    So, any idea on what this little sucker was? Maybe just a different breed of mouse from what I'm used to seeing?

    Edit: I did some digging around, and I think I identified it. I think it's a vole. Cute little sucker, and I almost feel kinda bad, but I've heard they can also be destructive little things. I'm surprised it could jump high enough to get up into a car...it didn't look like the little legs were built for jumping.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Voles are really nasty. I have seen them eat through tires and make nests inside cars that have been parked for a good bit.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    Voles are really nasty. I have seen them eat through tires and make nests inside cars that have been parked for a good bit.

    Okay, now I don't feel so bad about snuffing the little sucker. :shades: Now that I think about it, about 10 years ago I caught one of these things in the garage under my grandmother's house. This was soon after my divorce, when I had to move in with her. I had the snake in that garage, unknown to my grandmother. I forget how I caught the thing, but I threw it in with the snake, thinking it was just a weird mouse, to see if it would eat it. Hey, I figured it would save me a trip to the store. Well, that thing stayed in one corner and the snake stayed in another, and wouldn't go anywhere near it. After awhile, I just gave up and let the danged thing go. I wonder if the vole would have been aggressive enough to kill the snake?
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    I have black racers that live out behind our house along the stream, and they won't even mess with them. Make sure if you get a live one, watch out for the teeth, they are very sharp (I know from experience).

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    oh cool, you have a stream behind your place, too?

    Yeah, I learned a long time ago to watch out for the mice. I've been bitten a few times by the mice, and a few times by one of my snakes. The mice, cute as they are, pack a much meaner bite! They really sink their teeth in, whereas with the snake I guess there's just that primal fear. When they strike, I probably hurt myself more trying to pull my hand away (hitting the side of the cage, elbowing a wall, etc) then the actual bite!

    On the garage front, I've reset the trap, but I haven't caught anything else. Maybe it was just the one vole? I thought it was an odd coincidence though, that on two separate occasions, I started up two different cars, and it just happened to be in THAT car! Somehow, I think there are more than just one.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Yeah, the townhouse we are in right now has a small creek behind it. The best part about the creek is it's name. All the streams, creeks, rivers and what not through-out PA seem to have names and what makes it even funnier is there is a legitimate road sign down at the road where the creek goes under with the name on it. The name of the creek is "Snits Creek" (yes that is a "N"). well right after we moved here, I went out and bought an old wooden oar and snapped it in 2 and tied it to the sign. I guess you can say it was a reference to "The person who went up Snits Creek without their paddle." :shades: The township didn't find it funny and removed it after about a week, but the sign is still there. It's gonna be sad to move to the new house, but yet exciting too.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace

    PS - I will go out tomorrow and snap a picture of the sign to put on my carspace.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Sorry, didn't get around to taking the picture of the sign yet, but boy howdy is my new garage coming along great (and the house attached to it too). If you go onto My Carspace (link below) you can go to my Family Homepage and check out the build progress.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    yay... I now have concrete in the garage. I will have to do a before and after picture of the floor when I'm going to seal it with the Epoxy.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    congrats on the floor epoxy! I still have about 1/4th of my garage floor to do. I probably should have done it all at once, but I didn't want my convertible to have to sit outside for 7-8 days for the stuff to seal, so I figured I'd just come back to that spot! I'll probably do it in the spring when it warms up a bit.

    Oh, as for the critters in my garage, so far I've caught one vole and three mice.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    just remember mice are like rabbits... where there's one, there's probably three (hundred).

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    LOL......That is true Odie ;)

    Rocky
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    here are 2 pictures of the new garage.
    Taken Jan 7th.
    image

    Taken Jan 11th.
    image

    After we get into the house and the temp is right I will be doing the epoxy on the floor. I will do a before and after picture of the project.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    How do you get those pictures to post, Odie??? I can't seem to do it......
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    When you put pics into an album on your CarSpace page and then go to that image, there's a box that's labeled Embed Image. You just copy what's in that box and paste it into your post here and the image will be displayed!

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    yeah, what PF said. :shades:

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
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