How to Prevent Rats from Eating Car Wires & Mice from Damaging Engines in Eagle, CO;
When we enter Autumn and Winter, many of our pest insects either go into hibernation or die off. Many people love the Fall for this reason! However, when the flying and crawling pests go away, we find ourselves fighting yet another battle. Rodents of all shapes and sizes begin the attempt to make their way indoors to seek refuge from the snow and cold. We receive the majority of our rodent related calls around this time of year, going into to the Winter season. Rodents will burrow and built their nests anywhere that offers warmth and dryness. Sheds, garages, attics, basements, homes and yes, you guessed it! Even our vehicles! Rats and mice gaining access to vehicles and causing damage to them is an age-old problem. Back in the steam age many farmers and commercial workers had an ongoing battle with rodents in an attempt to keep them at bay and away from their precious machinery. They came up with all sorts of tactics to save their machinery from rodent damage. Nowadays, rodents are even more attracted to our cars and trucks because automakers have attempted in many ways to “Go Green” including adding soy wiring to vehicles! This organic material attracts rodents of all shapes and sizes and essentially puts your car at a higher risk of being damaged.
Most Common Rodent Damage Found in Vehicles
This problem has become so common that may automakers have even trained their mechanics on how to remedy chewed wiring under the hood. The vehicles most at risk are those that get parked for days or weeks at a time, vehicles parked next to grassy areas, open fields or areas next to trees and shrubs. Your vehicle’s wiring is at risk as they tend to chew the insulation around the wiring under your hood but other things they damage are belts, hoses, plastic, water reservoirs, brake lines and other critical car parts. Rodents will make nests and plug up air conditioning ducts and have also been known to store acorns and other food sources in engine intakes. If a rodent is able to gain entry to the inside of your vehicle, they will most definitely tunnel into your seats to build their nests as well.
How to Keep Mice & Rats Out of Your Car in Fall & Winter
People have come up with some pretty clever tactics to keep rodents out of their vehicles. This is easy to understand if you’re the one who had to foot $1,000 bill in damages. Some of the cleverest tactics we’ve come across are;
– Installing a metal mesh around wiring harnesses, rubber hoses and across any opening where rodents could gain entry to ventilation or intake systems
– Applying bitter apple spray (available at pet stores) to all wiring harnesses, hoses and other critical car parts
– Applying rodent-deterrent tape which is an electrical tape that has super-spicy capsaicin applied to the outer layer to wiring harnesses and rubber hoses (available online)
Rodents breed faster than most other mammals, with some being able to breed as young as two months of age. We offer many different rodent control tactics to suit your needs. If you have rodents in or around your home, early intervention is your best chance at keeping them away from you home and vehicles! Before starting your vehicle that has been parked for a few days or more, we recommend lifting your hood before operating your vehicle to inspect for rodent nests or damage. This will ensure you and your family’s safety! If you have further questions, or need assistance with a rodent problem, call our office and we will send a technician to your home as soon as possible!