While rodent infestation in car vehicles is nothing new, what is concerning is the increase in damage we have seen here at Auto Correct Car Care recently. More customers are coming in with electrical complaints and the answer is that rodents have chewed the wires causing a short in the system. The consensus in the industry is that the new soy wire coverings, used to make vehicles more eco-friendly, are also tasty treats for the rodents. An interesting fact is that rodents teeth never stop growing, making them in a permanent state of “teething”. Their chewing antics can cause a wide array of electrical issues, including check engine lights coming on, difficulty starting, problems with the HVAC system, basically any system that needs electricity in the car, which could be anything.
So, what can we do about it. There are a few things you can do to try to deter rodents from making a residence or meal out of your car. First, you want to make sure you are not leaving your car in the same spot for several days. If it a car that is not a primary vehicle, you should keep it in a garage, or be sure to move it from time to time. This will also help extend the batteries life.
Some other possible solutions are:
- Spray the wires with pepper spray
- Use peppermint oil on cotton balls placed in secure locations through the engine compartment
- Use moth balls under the hood
- Some manufacturers have come out with a spicy tape that you put over all of the wires to deter the rodents from eating them.
- Use and ultrasonic pest repellent
- Try Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellent made with balsam fir oil (found on Amazon)
- Try Grandpa Gus’s Mice Repellent Pouches made with Peppermint Oil (found on Amazon)
- Get a Cat! 😊