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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

I think my plan going forward is to fill that whole area with stainless steel scrubbies, as in cram as many in there as I can. Now's the time since my fridge is out.

Or what about this. Do I really need those holes? Is there any reason I can't fill them with body caulk? Maybe leave one open.
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there is access


If you can't block the rust-access holes then block those drain holes.
Kinda looks like peices of stainless-steel-scrubbie would stay in those holes.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:57 am    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

If the fridge is out and the floor is rusted away....

Fix the floor!

Even if you cannot weld, pick up some sheet metal and self drilling screws.
Caulk the metal and screw it to the floor, a repair job that is fast, dirty and ugly ...... are better than open holes.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

I just had my dash out to replace the heater core and blower motor and noticed two factory (?) holes that I didn't know existed. They are pretty small (1/2in in diameter), but maybe a small mouse could squeeze through? Even if they can't, it's a place for bugs to get in.

The holes are located directly above the radiator and lead into the ducting of the fresh air intake. I used a metal hole plug to close both of them.




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

A mouse only needs a 1/4" opening to gain access. They probably will not fit out the same hole after they eat all your food!

A rust hole in the Fresh Air Intake.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:11 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

Steve M. wrote:
A mouse only needs a 1/4" opening to gain access.


Its “a 1/4” wide slot” not 1/4” diameter hole.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:38 am    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

Sodo wrote:
Steve M. wrote:
A mouse only needs a 1/4" opening to gain access.


Its “a 1/4” wide slot” not 1/4” diameter hole.


Doesn't make a difference to me. It is blocked.

According to "Dr. Bobby Corrigan, noted rodentologist and award-winning pest management consultant, states that if you can put a #2 pencil into a hole, a mouse would be able to get through it as well. "

A "rodentologist" ? Never heard that one before. What award was he given, a lump of cheese?

I don't quite believe a #2 pencil, but I guess if you had a baby mouse it's a possibility, but it's against the union rules to test them so young.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

Well the two holes I just mentioned are a good bit larger than a #2 pencil, so if that rodentologist can be trusted then its a legitimate concern. I've never heard of anyone mentioning those holes before so just another spot to check if you've got some young mice running around your van.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

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Well the two holes I just mentioned are a good bit larger than a #2 pencil, so if that rodentologist can be trusted then its a legitimate concern. I've never heard of anyone mentioning those holes before so just another spot to check if you've got some young mice running around your van.


Looking at your picture of it there are signs of a washer being in place at the hole. The darker circle around the hole says to me it was used for something at one time, but what?
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I just looked at the pictures from when I rebuilt my heater box and I have the same holes, but no tell tail sign that there was a washer in place. (sorry for the mouse pun!)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

Could it just be a drain?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

Sodo wrote:
Steve M. wrote:
A mouse only needs a 1/4" opening to gain access.


Its “a 1/4” wide slot” not 1/4” diameter hole.


A Norway rat will wait for a 6mm hole
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

brickster wrote:
Could it just be a drain?


You're probably right. That seems like the most logical explanation. As mentioned, it does look like there may have been something there at one point but what? My dash had never been disassembled before by the looks of it so if there had been something there then it would have been removed from the outside.

Either way, it's plugged now, but if they were there for draining then I guess I'll have a soggy dash next thunderstorm I drive through.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:24 pm    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

blackglasspirate wrote:
brickster wrote:
Could it just be a drain?


You're probably right. That seems like the most logical explanation. Either way, it's plugged now, but if they were there for draining then I guess I'll have a soggy dash next thunderstorm I drive through.


I wouldn’t seal it.....
Can plug it such that baby mice can’t get in but water or humid air can get out.
A screw & washers & nut.
Or Stainless steer scrubbie.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 5:45 am    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

Hi all. Watching some youtube and stumbled upon this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07k_FeRVg6A

Here's the website:

www.mouseblocker.com

FWIW, I have zero affiliation or experience with this product. For $100 I may have to try it though. Mostly posting here as an FYI for anyone looking for further protection. I don't think anyone has posted this before? but I also didn't read all of the posts in this thread.

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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 8:34 am    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

I use ultrasonic units when I store my Syncro. minimum of 4, front rear and both sides.
1 aimed up at the engine bay.
The guy next to my unit is pulling out mice traps every other day and I haven't seen a mouse in my workshop at all. I think I chased them all over to his place! 😁
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 8:53 am    Post subject: Re: PLUGGING THE HOLES to keep mice out of a Vanagon (mouse) Reply with quote

Chiming in my experience with mice in my Tin-top Vanagons with no rust issues.
And, I did not read all the posts in this Thread.

Just my experience and we do have a lot of mice because our house is basically in the forest.

Two places I found they were getting in.

1. Up front behind the top grill into the fresh air system

2. In back at scoop vents. Mice can enter thru the top of the hole.

Once I plugged those two areas, I've had no mice in either of my Vans (84 & 89). Thorough cleaning, including removing the dash, eliminated the mouse pee odor. I keep mouse traps baited with cheese and/or peanut butter in both Vans. I have not caught a mouse since plugging those holes several years ago.

Now, someone tell me how those pesky critters get in my 95 Blazer and 2011 VW Tiguan ..........
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