Last nite after work I had my wife take me out the 32 miles to the aforementioned barn where I have had to store my 78 Sport Fury for the last few winters, I wish that my original winter storage option was still available.
I have had the car since '07, 51K original miles, I am 2nd owner. For the 1st 4 winters I had access to a heated, concrete floor building to park it in, zero mice. but since the guy rented the whole place to someone else, I had to move my car to another person's barn for winter storage. Usually it only sits for about 4 months over the winter, but I never got it out last year. so it has sat since Fall of '13.
I went out there a few weekends ago and got it started and warmed up, had to jack it up and put boards under the tires to get it out. I took it down the road a few miles that day Also I put a big blue tarp down on the dirt floor and parked the car on top of that when I put it out there 1-1/2 years ago.
Well it had evidence of a little bit of mouse occupation in it a few weeks ago but between then and now a whole army seems to have moved in, the difference in amount of turds and chewed up paper towels, etc was disturbing to say the least in that short amount of time.
I took the back seat out when I was there a few weeks ago and cleaned out a small nest, just set the seat in there w/o putting it back in "right", figured I'd do that when I brought the car home and do a good thorough cleaning/detail while it is out.
When I parked it I put moth balls in the interior, also in the trunk and under the hood. also some dryer sheets, and some cloth baggies of some claimed "natural mouse deterrent, that smelled like that "potpurri" that used to be popular a few years ago. IDK what the life span of any of these products is. How long before any of these products lose their effectiveness? I wanted to put bait boxes out around the perimeter but the guy who owns the barn used to have a cat, I didn't want to hear that the cat had gotten into my bait boxes... The cat is no longer around, the barn owner doesn't know where his cat went.
Anyway I got in the car and drove it home, stopped for gas on the way, then my wife and I went for a ride. We went to a local town festival a couple towns over. It got cool out so I went back to the car for a flannel shirt that I brought with and thought I saw a mouse run under the seat from on top of the driveshaft tunnel.
So we stopped by Menards and I got a couple traps, and some glue pads. I put the glue pads in the trunk and back seat area, When I got home I baited the traps with peanut butter and set them in the front floorboards and put more glue traps under the hood.
About an hour later I went out and looked at the car to find 2 mice (smallish size) caught in 1 trap. 1 was dead for sure the other was caught in the bail of the same trap by its tail and was frantically running in circles in the driver side floorboard area trying to get free. They are now in the recycle can, I'm sure mouse #2 has run himself to death trying to scale a 42" high smooth plastic wall with a heavy lid on it. I am headed out in a few minutes to look at the traps and see how many more I caught over night.
I need to get this car into my garage on the lift and up in the air for oil change and general look over to check for rust and other bad things that can happen to a car when it sits but it will stay out in the grass in my side yard until I am sure that it is mouse free.
and I will be looking for alternate storage for this coming winter even if it isn't free like what I have had to date has been, sometimes "free" storage is too expensive.