Rats! Cold Weather Drives Rodents Inside Vehicles

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Braman Termite & Pest Elimination explains why rodents are hard wired to infest cars

When it comes to car problems, the list of potential root causes is endless. However, motorists might be surprised to learn that a rodent infestation could be what’s plaguing their vehicle. Braman Termite & Pest Elimination warns drivers to be cautious of a rodent problem under the car hood and take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening to them this winter.

As the temperature drops, rodents seek shelter, food and warmth for survival during the colder months, which is why they often move into homes this time of year. Cars offer the same protection and food sources for rodents that homes do. Plus, the increased use of eco-friendly materials in car manufacturing, such as soy-based wiring, furthers attracting them and their palates.

Rats and mice can sneak into cars rather easily, fitting through holes as small as a quarter or a dime, respectively. Common main access points for these intruders include steering columns, vents, pedal shafts or other openings. Once inside, rodents commonly use insulation as nesting material, along with wires, tubes and circuitry as meals, leading to short circuits and other electrical problems.

Besides costly car repairs, rodents can jeopardize human health by spreading disease and causing respiratory issues. To help control the potential threat to both drivers and their vehicles, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Braman Termite & Pest Elimination recommend the following prevention tips:

  • Seal up points of entry into garages using a silicone-based caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Check under the car hood for gnawed materials, droppings, nests and frayed wires.
  • Maintain a clean car by promptly wiping up spills, and disposing of paper, fast food bags and other trash in a sealed receptacle.
  • Consult with a certified car mechanic if signs of a rodent infestation are found.
  • Consider partnering with a licensed pest control professional to ensure an infestation doesn’t spread from the car to the home.

For more information on how to remedy your rodent problems, contact us!