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Rodents in Your Ride: How to Keep Rats Out From Under Your Hood

posted this on Feb 28, 2017

rat on a tireIt doesn’t take a novice to know that when the cold temperatures arrive pest of all shapes and sizes start heading on indoors to try to stay warm. But did you know that pests, especially rodents, like to find a warm sanctuary in your car? It’s true, and most people who have rats nesting under the hood of their car find out the hard way when their precious wiring is eaten into.

A Rodent Surprise At the Mechanic Shop

Another common place where rodents are found out are when car owners take their vehicles to a mechanic to address an issue most likely caused by the rodent itself. When an owner drops off the car and the mechanic gets to work, they will find a rodent nest or find rodents snuggled up next to the warmer parts of the engine.

While it may be the may reason they seek out a car, keeping warm isn’t the only reasons rats and mice would target a car. They are also looking for food and may have found some edible goodies within the bowels of your car.

Other vehicles that are susceptible to rodent nesting are older cars that are rarely driven.

The Damage Rodents do To Cars

rat chewing on wireIf you’ve dealt with a rodent problem in your home, then you are aware of the kind of negative impact rats can make on your home. When in the close quarters of your precious vehicle, the damage can be even worse and terribly expensive.

When rats find their way into a vehicle, they waste note time gnawing at wires, ripping out insulation to aid them in making their nest, and squirreling away nuts and trash in car and truck engines.We bet all you’re hearing when you read this are “cha-ching” noises.

It doesn’t help when newer cars contain components in the engine which are soy based like wiring and insulation. In fact, in September 2016, a class action lawsuit was filed against Toyota for vehicles they manufactured between 2012 and 2016 which used soy coated wiring. Vehicle owners suffered from rodents infiltrating their vehicles and chewing up all the wiring leading to expensive repairs and replacements.

Preventative Measures to Keep Rodents Out Of Your Car

rodent droppings in engine

We recommend that if you are regularly parking your car out in the cold during the winter months, inspect under your hood. Even if your car is in the garage, rodents can still very much get into your home and set up a nest around your engine.

Once rodents have established a nest in your car, even if they are scared off, they will likely return back to their nest when the car is parked in its parking spot once again.  What needs to happen is the nest needs to be completely removed from your engine.

Take some tips from top mechanics who have encountered rodents in car engines they have worked on and hose the engine to clear out the nest and whatever debris and odor the rats have left behind to mark their territory.

Make sure your car and wherever your car is parked is sanitized. If there aren’t options for food around, they will not be a reason for rodents to target your vehicle.

ePestSolutions Recommended Products For Rodent Control In Cars

rodent treatment

If you have a rodent problem in your vehicle, ePestSolutions can help! We have a variety of products that work well in keeping rodents out of homes which can work just as well on cars. Choose one or a combination of items to ensure rodents stay away from your car--or else.

  • Detour Rodent Repellent. This product works great in creating a barrier around your car and its engine so that rodents stay out. Once rats and mice come into contact with DeTour, they will do everything they can to exit the vehicle. Another good thing about this product is that it’s a repellent, not a rodent killer. The last thing you want other than a rodent hanging around your vehicle is a dead rodent hanging around your vehicle. Ick. That wouldn’t be good at all.

  • Traps and Glueboards are some good tools to have in your rat nabbing arsenal. Once they are trapped in a product like Trapper Max Glue Trays, it will make removing them a piece of cake. Just make sure to sanitize and clear out their remains so they don’t return.

  • We have a variety of different baits that can work well to poison rats. Many of the rodents baits we carry come in bait block format so there won’t be any mess in your engine. Another helpful tool to use when laying out bait is use a bait station. This will allow for more protection of the precious insides of your car while rats are present.

  • If you want to protect your wiring and insulation you can probably give copper mesh a try to exclude rodents from gnawing where they shouldn’t. Wrap Stuff-It copper mesh around your wiring and insulation.

Make your Car Rat-Proof Today!

Rodents seem to be everywhere no matter the weather so you shouldn’t rest easy believing that your car--whether new or old--is immune to rats making their way inside. By applying the right preventative techniques and using the right rodent products in and around your vehicle, your precious car can be spared from the gnawing teeth of rodents.

If you are ready to tackle rodents on your property, chat with us or give us a call and we will set you up with an effective rodent control program.

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