If you have ever looked under your hood and found chewed wiring and cables, you just might have a rat problem. Rats chew vehicle wires for several reasons. The teeth of rodents and squirrels constantly grow, so these animals must constantly chew in order to keep their teeth filed down so they are able to eat. A rat’s teeth can grow up to six inches long in just one year!
Your vehicle provides warmth and shelter, enticing rats to take refuge in engine compartments. Rats have a keen sense of smell, so the scent of petroleum or other materials in the engine bay may attract them. Like all wildlife, rats are opportunistic feeders. The insulation on wires might seem like a potential food source to a hungry rat.
If rats are chewing your vehicle wires, prompt action is essential to prevent extensive damage and costly repairs. First, refrain from starting the car to avoid potential electrical hazards. Next, carefully inspect the vehicle for signs of rodent activity and chewed wires. If you’re confident in your abilities, repair the damaged wires cautiously. Otherwise, please contact a professional mechanic to inspect your vehicle and make the necessary repairs.
If you have an ongoing rat problem, there are some things you can do to make your property a bit less “rat-friendly”. Keep your lawn trimmed and clutter free. Cut back your trees and bushes to prevent places rats like to hide. Keeping your trash cans tightly secured can help as well. If you feed your pets outside, always pick up any empty dishes or leftover food. Rats love a free meal, so don’t make it easy for them.
Just a few rats can turn into an infestation incredibly fast! A female rat can become pregnant just hours after giving birth, with each litter consisting of 6 to 12 young on average. Female rats reach sexual maturity in less than two months, enabling them to start reproducing.
Did you know that a female rat can give birth to over 1,500 rats in just one year? Imagine how many “grand-rats” she would have! If you think you may have rats around your home, call Apex Wildlife Control today! Our technicians are skilled at trapping and removing those rats so you can enjoy your home and your car again!
Rats can leave a trail of dangerous diseases in your car, posing serious health risks. These rodents may carry bacteria like Salmonella and Escherichia coli, causing food poisoning and gastrointestinal issues if contaminated surfaces come into contact with hands or food. Rats are also potential carriers of Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection transmitted through urine-contaminated areas, causing severe fever and organ damage. Hantavirus, found in their dried fecal droppings, can cause respiratory issues. Rat-bite fever is also a concern if bitten or scratched.
If you suspect rats have been in your vehicle, thoroughly clean and disinfect affected areas. Also, if you have experienced the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
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