Last winter, I stored my Benz in the garage. With the terrible winter we had, I never really had a chance to drive the car. So when I went to pull the car out of the garage in the spring, I had a few issues to deal with.

First problem? Dead battery. So I hooked up my trickle charger, let it charge overnight, and the next morning the car was good as new!

Unfortunately, when I started the car, a series of warning lights started flashing. And my top wouldn’t retract. Uh-oh. 🙁

I ended up taking the car to a local mechanic I’ve used for years. He called me back the following day, and told me that mice had chewed up a series of wires under the hood, and had made a home there! It took some work, but he was able to repair the damage. $450 later, I’m back on the road..

Since this car spends a lot of time in the garage, I set out to find a way to keep mice at bay. Check out this solution I came across:

Get a 5 gallon bucket and smear peanut butter around the inner rim. Fill the bucket about 1/4 of the way up with anti freeze (I use the non toxic RV stuff). Put the bucket where you want it and then lean a stick from the floor to the top of the bucket. You’re done.

The mice will climb up the stick to get to the peanut butter and fall in the bucket. With the steep smooth sides and the slick antifreeze the mice are trapped. The antifreeze keeps the mice from rotting all winter hence no smell. I use this at my summer place and it works like a charm. I just opened up for the summer season and there were 15 mice in the bucket and no mice damage at all. Just go off into woods and dump the bucket (this why I use the nontoxic antifreeze), hose the bucket out and you’re done.

I would this stick trap right next to you car the next time you put her down for the winter. You may need to change out this every 4 weeks to keep the peanut butter fresh.

An interesting way to deal with mice and protect your cars in the process. Something to keep in mind if you plan on storing your “weekend car” this winter. Hope this helps!