Wheels: Dr. Dan writes by e-mail:
"Jim, this may not be in your area of expertise, but I'll bet you know someone who can help. I enjoy your articles on "Straight Talk" and recently read the one on storage of vehicles over the winter. Being a "mechanical" guy, I agree with all the items you said, but what about the "critters" that come to classic cars in the winter. I have used moth balls and Irish Spring soap in the passenger compartment, with marginal results. The sticky "glue boards" will stop them dead in their tracks, but like D-Con, then you have a dead mouse smell in the spring. What would you suggest? PS- We don't have a cat".
Halderman: Thanks for writing. You are correct that a vehicle in storage provides an excellent nesting location for all types of animals.
I store a vehicle in a climatic-controlled space and I do not have that issue but I know of many who do. Some thoughts and ideas:
1. Keep any food such as pet or bird food away from any stored vehicle. If you don't do this, you just made the vehicle the perfect location for the critters to spend the winter.
2. Try placing a drier sheet inside the vehicle. The smell is nice to people but not to animals.
3. I avoid using a car cover unless it is sealed completely around the vehicle including underneath. Again a car cover provides an excellent shelter for those animals searching a place to spend the winter.
4. If animals are still a problem, try sealing all openings such as ducts with plastic and duct tape to help keep animals from getting into engine parts, such as the air cleaner or the interior.
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