Rodents can crawl into your car within hours of parking it and cause a lot of damage by gnawing on wires, insulation, hoses and upholstery. Cars are attractive to these pests because they provide a warm dark place where they can escape the outside elements.

Risks from rodents

While the idea of a rodent infestation in your car may make you squeamish, it also poses risks to both your car and health. Some of the damage caused by these intruders will be cosmetic, but when they chew on the electrical wiring or build nests in key mechanical areas, the resulting damage could affect the vehicle’s safe operation or even render it immobile.

In addition to the damage to your vehicle, rodents could also spread diseases to humans. One of the most common diseases transmitted by mice and rats being the Hantavirus.

How to prevent rodents from getting into your car

Here are some precautions you can take to prevent rodents from getting into your parked car.

  1. Don’t park your vehicle in places where rodents might be skulking around.  Avoid areas with tall grass, thick shrubs, and any other overgrown vegetation. You should instead park your car on spots made with concrete, gravel or pavements, especially when you intend to leave your vehicle unattended for a long time.
  2. Keep your car free of food. Items such as takeout containers, coffee cups, and other empty food packages could have food left in them that could attract rodents. If you happen to eat in your car from time to time (something we are all guilty of), make sure to take out the trash and vacuum up food crumbs regularly.
  3. Leave your bonnet open. If the situation allows it, leave your bonnet open to discourage rodents from nesting there. Rodents are nocturnal and generally prefer to dwell in dark places.
  4. Protect your garage from rodents. Make sure that rodents are not able to get into your garage by sealing holes and cracks in walls that they can use to get in.     Make sure to also cover the gap beneath your garage door.

Natural substances that deter rodents such as cedarwood and peppermint can also be used to prevent a mice or rat infestation in your vehicle.

Although the above-mentioned precautions will help reduce the risk of a rodent infestation in your vehicle, their effectiveness is not always 100%. For assured protection, a professional rodent control product should be used in addition to these.

The Pestrol Vehicle Rodent Repeller

This device is a hard wired mountable unit for your vehicle that emits ultrasonic waves that repel rodents away from it. The ultrasonic sound produced is inaudible to humans but is very disturbing to rodents and forces them to leave the area.

The repeller consumes very low amounts of power to ensure that it does not deplete your battery. It automatically starts when the vehicle is turned off and switches off when the vehicle is running to keep your vehicle protected whenever it’s parked.

It’s ideal for Cars, Diggers, Campervans, Trucks, Boats, and Harvesters among others. It’s a safe, humane and effective way of keeping your vehicle safe from rodents.

Read more about the Pestrol vehicle Rodent repeller: https://www.pestrol.co.nz/buy-online/pestrol-vehicle-rodent-repeller/

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