Your car alarm might protect you from thieves, but not from the four-legged intruders around the Okanagan. Mice and rats making a vehicle into a rodent hotel is a more common issue than you might think. After all, your car has everything they are looking for – a hood for insulation, wires and engine components to gnaw on and all kinds of small spaces to hide in. Rodents are opportunists – skilled at infiltrating all makes and models of vehicles. They will even crawl up from under the engine looking for vent holes and pedal shafts or steering column to get in to the interior of your car.
Tips to keep the critters out:
Remove foliage near your parking spot. Rodents nest and hide in vegetation, so clear away fallen leaves, shrubbery and vines from near your car.
Close all your doors and windows – including the sun roof. Don’t leave an open invitation for furry carjackers. Mice can squeeze themselves through an opening the size of a dime, so keep your vehicle closed up tight. It is especially important if you have a vehicle stored in your garage that is not being driven regularly.
Clean up the clutter and don’t leave rodents a convenient food supply. Remove litter such as fast-food packaging, discarded coffee cups and partially eaten convenience foods. Leaving an open bag of trail mix or a partially eaten muffin is an open invitation for ravenous rodents.
Don’t allow moisture to build up inside your vehicle. Mice are attracted to moist areas so don’t leave damp clothing or wet beach towels in your vehicle and keep condensation from building up in your car.
Rodents not only carry disease, but they cause significant damage when they choose to chew on the electrical wiring and make a nest inside your vehicle or under the hood.
Stay alert to signs of activity such as gnawed wires around the engine; shredded gauze in the air vent; chewed insulation and upholstery; claw marks and droppings; and chew holes in nonmetal engine components. And you would definitely notice the rank smell of a dead mouse inside your air vents or the cowl at the base of the windshield.
Never handle a rodent with your bare hands. If you discover a dead mouse or rat in your vehicle, use rubber gloves and seal the carcass in a Ziploc bag to dispose of it. Mix a bleach and water solution to clean all around the area of your vehicle where the rodent was found. Dispose of the sponge and rubber gloves and then wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and warm water.
If you suspect rodent activity in your vehicle and you need help to capture the perpetrator, give the qualified pest control technicians at GoPro Pest Control a call at 250-215-5243