Rats, with their ever-growing teeth, will look to chew constantly to keep their teeth filed down. In search of a safe, warm shelter, these rodents often find car engines appealing, especially during colder months. The scent of oil and other residues might attract them, and the insulated wires in your engine are irresistible to rats.
To prevent wire damage, park your vehicle in well-lit areas, inspect your engine compartment regularly for signs of rats or even squirrels. If your vehicle is in storage, this will only give rodents more time to nest in your vehicle creating more and more damage. Considering how quickly rats can procreate, you will eventually have a full blown rat infestation in your car and quite a bit of damage to your wiring and even possibly the inside of your car as well.
Discovering rat-chewed wires within your car engine can be both frustrating and concerning. And many of our clients are unsure where to begin when confronted with this situation.
First, resist the urge to start the engine. Attempting to run the vehicle with damaged wires may only make the problem worse and potentially lead to a dangerous situation.
Contact a professional mechanic who can assess the extent of the damage, replace or repair the affected wires while ensuring other components are unharmed. Attempting to drive your vehicle to a mechanic would be unwise if you are unsure of the extent of the damage.
Rats and mice can carry pathogens responsible for diseases like leptospirosis, hantavirus, and salmonellosis. Their urine, droppings, and saliva can contaminate the interior of your vehicle, putting you at risk when you come into contact with these surfaces.
Breathing in particles from their nests and droppings can also lead to respiratory issues, particularly in confined spaces like your car’s interior. These risks are magnified when the air conditioning system is turned on, potentially spreading contaminants throughout your vehicle. This can lead to severe health issues, particularly for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
Preventing rat infestations around your vehicle is crucial to ensure its functionality and your safety.
One of the best ways to keep rats away from your property is to reduce their food supply. Secure your trashcans tightly and avoid leaving food remnants or spills. Rats are drawn to these potential food sources.
Trimming back trees and bushes will rid the area of potential hiding places for rats. If you feed pets outside, be sure to remove the leftover food as this will not only attract rats, but also raccoons and other wildlife.
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Olive Branch MS for squirrels, raccoons, moles,
skunks, opossums, voles, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
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