The warmth of our car isn’t only tempting for human beings. Rodents are drawn to it too. Your cozy vehicle can be a very inviting home – especially if it’s left outdoors. Mice and other rodents are attracted to the aromatic smell of food, so if you leave the smallest crumb – know there’s a mouse craving for it.
The Damage Mice Can Cause in your Car
Don’t underestimate the damage a single mouse can do to your car. Mice and other rodents get into your vehicle in search of shelter from the elements.
Here are some signs for mice infestation: shredded upholstery as they search for nesting materials gnawed insulation, and chewed wires and hoses. These actions cause a lot of damage. They can potentially cause exposed wires and a fluid or gas leaks. And can potentially lead to some dangerous situations and will cost a lot of money to repair.
Risks To Your Health
Rodents carry harmful bacteria and viruses that could be dangerous. Being exposed to rodent droppings or nesting materials raises the risk of potential infection. The most common viral infection from rodents to humans is the Hantavirus that causes Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. This syndrome poses a life danger in half of the infected subjects and can be fatal.
How To Avoid Infestation:
Here are a few ways of making your vehicle less rodent attractive:
- When you’re parking your car, avoid wooded areas or places with tall grass and thick shrubs. Instead, park your vehicle on concrete or pavement – especially when it’ll be left unattended for an extended amount of time.
- Make it a habit of not letting any food in your vehicle. Even the small amount of sugar can be desirable to rodents. If you do end up eating in your vehicle, clean it up regularly – vacuum it, and throw away the trash.
- If your car is in a parking spot, keep the car lights on — rodents like dark and warm places.
- Seal any holes or crack the rodents can use to enter using steel wool. Tuck it around pipes, air conditioning, or heating units.
- Place traps around your vehicle, and on top of your wheels – rats tend to climb car wheels to get into the car engine.
If your car is infested, clean it thoroughly and sanitize the area:
First, wear gloves and open the door and windows of your vehicle to ensure proper ventilation. Then, spread a mixture of water and bleach – 400 ml of bleach for a gallon of water on the infected area. Use a cloth or a spray bottle to spread the mix on the surface you’re cleaning. Let the mixture soak in for 5 minutes. After five minutes, wipe the area with a paper towel. For high activity areas, it’s better to use a sponge with pure bleach after the cleaning process and only then wipe it off with a paper towel.
When you finished the cleaning process – remove the gloves and then soap and wash your hand thoroughly.