How to Keep Mice Out of Your Corvette

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Whether you are keeping your Corvette off the streets for the season, or plan to park it for longer, you need to keep your car protected. But curbing your Corvette means more than just parking it in a safe place. It’s essential to prevent anything from damaging your car. And any rodent that sets up residency in your dormant sports car will reek havoc, leaving you with chewed wires, nests packed into openings and a smell that’s challenging to remove. Here are a few tips to keep mice out your Corvette.

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Seal It

The Corvette Stingray's available dual-mode active exhaust system offers a 27-percent improvement in airflow. It features two additional valves that open to a lower-restriction path through the mufflers. When open, these valves increase engine performance and produce a more powerful exhaust note. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

Tailpipes and air intakes are attractive to mice because they’re easy to get to, are out of the way of predators and look like a warm place to spend the winter. Make sure any such openings are closed off with tape. Covering the tailpipe, carburetor and ventilation intakes will keep mice from building nests inside your vents, muffler and even inside your engine. Some owners say electrical tape is sufficient, but you can also purchase special rodent tape made with capsaicin, the chemical that makes a chili spicy. Stuffing steel wool into the openings such as tailpipes before you seal it adds an extra layer of protection.

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Raise a Stink

Bill Mitchell 1964 Corvette Interior
The blue of this interior is color-matched to the custom paint on the outside of the car. Photo courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

Repelling rodents with odor can also be effective. Mothballs and sulfur pellets (used for gardening) create a potent barrier that often dissuades mice from sticking around.  Owners have also reported mixed results with dryer sheets and certain brands of bar soap, both of which tend to have a less offensive smell for human noses after you pull them from the Corvette.

To discourage mice from setting up shop, place these repellents in the Corvette's trunk, floorboards, in the engine bay, above the sun visors and even on top of your tires. Keep mothballs and sulfur pellets contained by placing them in a sock or pillowcase.​

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Give It a Lift

Jack Stands
Use a good set of jack stands whenever you work under your Corvette. Place each stand securely under a flat and solid place on the frame, and space them out to support the car in a sturdy and confident manner. Photo by Jeff Zurschmeide

Put your Corvette out of reach by storing it on jack stands. This makes it more difficult for small mice to climb over the tires ​and jump into the tailpipe. You can also spray some WD-40 on the sides of the stands to make them hard to climb as well and as an added bonus.  

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Under Cover

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Mice prefer building their nests in dark locations where they feel they won't be disturbed. Though using a car cover protects your Corvette from dust, use one with caution if your garage is prone to infestations of mice or squirrels. Not only does the cover provide an out of sight place for mice to run to, it invites them to a world of nice dark spots to stay for the winter. Inside the car, be sure to leave your sun visors down and your glove box and other compartments open to make these cubbies appear less inviting. You may also want to periodically pull back your cover to check for any unwanted rodents. 

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Bottom Line

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There are many reasons why you want to store your Corvette, and keeping mice out of your car is essential to keeping it in top condition. By eliminating areas that they can nest and making it unpleasant for them to stay, you’ll keep them from setting up a house and doing damage to both your engine and interior.