(Rodents chewed through vehicle wires)
In cold weather, rodents will find any place they can to take shelter and keep warm. Believe it or not, your car may be the perfect place. A rodent can damage your car considerably. They will gnaw wires, rip out insulation, make their nests and destroy the engine. The more you discourage pests from making your car their home, the better!
Here are some steps to take to keep the rodents out of your car.
• Leave the hood up – Rodents love a dark place to nest. This isn’t the most practical of all solutions, but it will definitely help discourage any nesting!
• Seal off any rodent hiding places near the car – Cutting down shrubbery from around your garage or car is a great start. Block any holes a rodent could fit through if you have a garage.
• Use an electronic deterrent – These devices have been shown to work, and are also environmentally friendly.
• Make your car smell bad – Rodents hate the smell of peppermint oil and laundry dryer sheets. Try putting some in the car. You can enjoy the smell, but the rodents won’t!
• Remove food sources from near your car – Especially if you have pets! Rodents are very attracted to the smell of food, so keep it far away from your vehicle.
• Use traps – If you know rats are in the area, try setting up traps to catch them.
• Block off the entrance to the engine – Rodents tend to climb on the wheels to get into the engine. You can block these openings with some wire screen, or even sponges.
• Don’t let the car sit unused – Take your car out for a drive once in a while. A regularly used car is very unattractive to a rodent.
A car that is seldom used can be quickly taken over by rodents. In less than 24 hours, a rat can destroy most of the wiring in your car. Even if you get the car repaired, the rodents can move back in and destroy the car once again. So it’s really important to keep up all methods of prevention mentioned here.