Animal In My Car

There are many different hiding places that animals can crawl in to, most animals find solace in the warm engine or undercarriage of a car. Smaller critters such as rats, squirrels, and mice love to make a home in a cars engine bay, especially the heating and air ducts. While they are getting warm and cozy, they will chew on anything plastic including the wrapping of the electrical wires. The plastic is then used with whatever other materials they can find to make a nest. Chewing through the wires can lead to major electrical problems and a high repair cost for the cars owner. Additionally, as an engine starts it can cause injury and death to an animal that is using it for shelter. Mice, rats, and cats are some of the animals that are common stowaways.

Rodents can cause extensive damage to your vehicle. In addition to winter shelter, these animals can be attracted to cars that are infrequently used at any time during the year. Mice, rats, and squirrels have been known to build their nests inside vehicles. These unwanted residents can cause electrical, air condition, heating, and sanitary problems.

Here are some of the ways to get rid of the animals out of your car:


DETER THE ANIMALS WITH MOTHBALLS

Fill a small net bag with mothballs and hang it under the hood of the car. The chemical smell deters most animals. Make sure it hangs away from any engine parts that become hot and away from any air intakes to avoid the smell getting into the passenger area of the car. For added safety, remove the bag while the car is being driven and replace it at a later time.

ALWAYS CLEAN UP YOUR CAR

If your car is filled with junk, paper, garbage, tissues, cups, fast-food bags. It can be a magnet for mice. In a sense, your car has been used as a dumpster, which is always the ideal kind of place for mice to hide, nest, sleep and find food.

REPAIR ANY DAMAGED PARTS IN YOUR CAR

If you have any holes in your undercarriage or body work, small animals can crawl into these holes to get warm. Patch up any holes and head to your local auto repair shop to get it sealed properly.

HONK OR RATTLE YOUR CAR KEYS

Rattle your keys and bang on the hood as you enter your car. This should wake the animal up if its asleep and encourage it to exit the vehicle. You can also honk your horn a couple times. However, if it is a wild animal, honking and banging may cause it to crawl into a tighter and safer spot inside the hood.

CLEAR AWAY FOOD AND ATTRACTANTS

Clear away any food, debris or trash cans from the area around the car. Rodents and pests are attracted to this as a food source. If they are not near the car in the first place, they won't know it's a warm place to be.

USE PEPPERMINT OIL TO DETER THE ANIMALS

Most animals dont like the smell of peppermint oil. Take cotton balls soaked in pure peppermint extract and put them in cans in your engine bay or inside your car. Keep the critters out and keep your car smelling good.


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