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After 2 weeks since lock down, I opened the hood to top off some fluid and noticed some sponge near top right side around the hood. The left side sponge looks good(first image) but the right side and center(second/third image) one looks scrubbed as if a rat got in or something. Can anyone please tell what do you think it is? And if I need to replace these sponge, where can I get it?

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1. Mice can make it into really, really small holes.

2. Aside from some panels intended to reduce drag from the underside, there are many places that a fairly large rodent could fit through.

Reasons I can't explain, but mice and other rodents seem to be really attracted to the jacketing on modern wiring, and the little buggers tend to gnaw in EVERYTHING. It's possible that this is not from rodents, but I personally feel that Occam's Razor applies here.

Here's an article about how to try and prevent this from continuing to happen:


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So, I went to Lowe's today and bought this TOMCAT Rodent 14-oz Rodent Repellent.
I sprayed it till soaked in 4-5 cotton balls and left it in various places in the engine. Also sprayed under the car, near tires and floor mats inside the car.
I am not sure what else I can try to keep them away or have them leave the engine bay. I don't see any rodent droppings and just those sponges bitten.
Any other recommendation?
https://www.lowes.com/pd/TOMCAT-Rod...VJRh9Ch2_1QAaEAYYASABEgIMHPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
 

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Sadly, the best thing you can do is to drive the car regularly. I get how that's not super possible right now. . . You're making a good effort; that's about all you can do. Rodents will crawl up into parked cars because they suh-diddly-uck.

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1. Mice can make it into really, really small holes.

2. Aside from some panels intended to reduce drag from the underside, there are many places that a fairly large rodent could fit through.

Reasons I can't explain, but mice and other rodents seem to be really attracted to the jacketing on modern wiring, and the little buggers tend to gnaw in EVERYTHING. It's possible that this is not from rodents, but I personally feel that Occam's Razor applies here.

Here's an article about how to try and prevent this from continuing to happen:


Mike
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I’ve fortunately yet to have any of the mice eat any parts of my car (knock-on-wood)😭😅.. But they have gotten in, shredded some things & left lovely droppings all over my interior..
Thus far i’ve tried..
Cleaning interior & engine compartment.
Deterrents
- ‘Exterminator’s Choice Vehicle Protection Rodent Defense’ Spray
- ‘Irish Springs’ bars of soap
- Loraffe 12V 24V Automobile Vehicle Car Engine Under Hood Animal Rat Mouse Rodent Ultrasonic & LED StrobeFlashlight(s) Deter/Deterrent Repeller/Repellent [https://a.co/d/izHzq6L]
Traps
- ‘TOMCAT Rat Snap Trap’ (s) around car & ontop of wheels/tires
• blocked air intake w/ cover

[https://a.aliexpress.com/_msLJeW0] ..I’m still wanting to somehow, if possible, screen-in any other potential entry points w/ some kind of hardware-cloth or like grille material.. Any suggestions?!
 
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