One of the most common pest concerns around this time of year is rodents. Rats and mice are very crafty, and can sneak into even the smallest of spaces if there’s something they want. Rodents are more likely to infest at this time of year when the cold weather starts to roll in, seeking food and shelter. And a great place for them to get this is in your car.
Once a rodent gets into your car, they can cause a lot of problems. This is why rodent control is so important to keep your vehicle safe. Don’t forget that rodents can squeeze through the tiniest gaps imaginable, so it’s important to carry out pest prevention often on your car.
Here are 5 ways you can protect your car against rodent infestations.
Let’s get started…
- Remove food from the surrounding area – Any source of food, including pet food, acts as an invitation for a rodent. Make sure to clear away any food that may be surrounding your car, and ensure that it is well out of reach and sealed against rodents.
- Keep an eye out for activity – Rodent activity is easy to spot once you know the signs. Look out for grease marks, droppings and gnaw marks.
- Reduce the amount of hiding spaces – If you can seal up entry holes around your car without it being dangerous then go for it. Also make sure you clean up clutter surrounding your car so there’s nowhere rodents can hide.
- Start your engine – For a car that isn’t used very often, you need to start the engine on a regular basis to keep it ticking over. It will also disturb any rodents hiding there.
- Open the bonnet– Regularly check under the bonnet to make sure you see no chewed wires or rodent nests. Opening the hood takes away the shelter you could provide for a rodent.
If you do have a rodent infestation, it’s time to call in the rat or mouse exterminator immediately. A professional pest controller will help you find the source of the rodent problem and eliminate it quickly so you won’t have to suffer any more damage to your car.