A parked up Dandy would seem an obvious target, you'd think. Something that would draw them to a warm and safe nesting place but, oh no, not these anti-social individuals. These are driven towards a worse crime, that of vehicle interference. For some reason their lives have spiralled out of control and they have allowed themselves to be drawn into a terrible addiction for controlled chemicals. In this case diesel. Several times in the last few months they have made nocturnal attacks on both our vehicles, getting into the engine and chewing through fuel pipes. Bathing in the resulting spillage of this precious liquid before making off to skulk in their oily little dens.
The situation has become so bad that we've taken to permanently keeping a length of fuel pipe in both vehicles. The repair is fairly easy, if fiddly, but the attempts to mop up the spilled fuel from various inaccessible pools across the engine is a nightmare and usually results in smoke and the stink of diesel pervading the vehicle for many miles of driving as the residue burns off.
It may be that these mice have discovered a way of making themselves unattractive to predators. After all would you like a meal that stank of diesel? Our problem is how do we stop the little devils. Is there anything that acts as a mouse repellant that can be daubed on fuel pipes? Has anyone else had a similar problem? Can mice be rehabilitated? We look forward to your responses, sensible or otherwise.