Many of us rely on our cars every day to get us from A to B. However, did you know that rodents can also rely on your car for shelter and food too? Rodents love to make their home under the hood of your car, especially when the weather gets a bit chillier.
The engine of a car is usually warm, dry and relatively undisturbed. It’s the perfect place for rodents to live. Once a rodent gets into your car, they can cause a lot of damage that could end up costing you a lot of money to put right.
Engine wires are a particular favourite for rodents. If a rodent chews through any of the wires, it will cause your electrics to short circuit. You can change the wires but if the rodent problem is still present they will just chew through the wires again.
As well as providing food for rodents, a car engine also makes a great place for a nest. Remember that your car has seats full of padding, a great material for a rodent bed. An engine has lots of little nooks and crannies that provide a perfect shelter for rodents to make their nests and breed.
Prevent Rodents In Your Engine
Here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of rodents becoming passengers in your car.
• Eliminate food in the surrounding area. Any pet food you keep around your car should be moved and stored properly.
• Keep an eye out for rodent activity. Common signs are droppings, chewed paper and disturbed rubbish.
• Reduce the amount of places a rodent can hide. Prune back bushes and trees near your car so that rodents don’t have anywhere they can hide.
• Open the hood of your car regularly. A car engine that is out in the open is a lot more inviting than a closed hood.
• Start your car engine regularly. If you don’t use your car much, make sure to start the engine regularly to disturb any rodents that may be hiding there.
• Eliminate the rodent infestation. Even with all the prevention techniques in place, some rodents may still slip through the cracks. Make sure to a call a local pest control professional to eliminate your rodent control problem immediately.