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That opening (& its mate on the opposite end) that you think would help to plug is clearance for the hood hinge to move. Plus the plastic piece doesn't go all the way to the sheet metal of the fenders & mice can certainly squeeze between the fenders & the ends of the plastic (let alone if you were able to plug the hinge clearance area).
Despite getting my hands cut from handling that Gutter Guard material (that can be found in your neighborhood hardware store for a couple of bucks) after you cut it to shape to cover the 5 holes [yes, FIVE (2 behind the plastic pop-out cover & 3 over on the driver's side that you can't see until you remove the whole plastic tray/cover), the satisfaction is well worth it knowing that mice can no longer get into my car.
Even if you cover those 5 holes, you still need to be somewhat concerned that your mouse problem may not be entirely cured. I didn't review all 4 pages here, but if it isn't in this thread, then you can do some additional searching to find other similar threads (sometimes listed at the bottom after the very last post in a thread---Edit : they do that over at PriusChat, not here though) where others have found another possible entry point in the hatch area. Behind the plastic panels on each side there is a hole in the fender covered by a little rubber flap that the mice have no problem moving aside to get in.
Those should really be screened off too with the Gutter Guard material, but I haven't done mine & so far I haven't experienced any mouse problem. I think the front is more inviting because the engine compartment is warmer than the rear fender area & while they are keeping cozy under the hood they begin to explore & sense the heated air from the cabin escaping through those 5 big holes in the firewall. Some have found nesting materials & food & droppings inside the airbox & have screened off the tube at the entrance to the airbox, but if they take that stuff into the tube in the first place, they can fill up the whole tube if you only screen off at the box. So I screened off the end of the air intake tube by the windshield washer bottle so they can't even begin to get in there.
Even if you screen off the front 5 holes & the air intake tube & don't do the 2 rear ones, you still have one last concern that may involve very expensive damage, and that would be the mice chewing into your wiring harnesses under the hood. Some of those harnesses will cost about $1,000 to replace. That's why some have been suggesting mothballs or cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil to ward them off.
Another edit : By the way, Bruce, where have you been for the last 3 years? Are you just starting to have a mouse problem too & that's why you are re-visiting now? Glad to have you here at any rate.
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