Assets are built over the years and that too after a lot of struggle. Whether it is a house or an automobile, it demands regular attention and care. Disregard will simply translate into several issues, especially in the latter case. Dirty, unkempt and "food littered" vehicles are an invitation to several types of rodents, prominent among them mice and rats.
On the face of it rats appear harmless. However, in one single night these pesky little creatures can stall the car for good by damaging your main wiring system and a host of other vulnerable parts which can cost you upwards of Rs. 20,000, depending on the type and model of the vehicle.
The damage could also mean you lose out on resale value which is not a good idea since vehicles depreciate with the time, and any further devaluation will only mean a big hole in your pocket.
So, does it mean you as the owner of an expensive car cannot do anything? Of course you can. Follow these small tips to enhance your car's looks and its life.
Damage suffered makes you knowing, but seldom rich
So how do these long tailed rodents damage your car? Here are some of the areas you need to inspect in case you have doubt about their presence.
Their favorite food. Exposed, broken and partially skinned wires mean your car is in the wrong company. If you don't break up this relationship fast it could lead to a major "repair scenario".
Yet another car component which is liked by rats. The reason is because they are generally enclosed in delicate, rubber shells and easily accessible too.
Gnawed seats, partially worn out rubber bushings, holes in carpet or mat are a signal that your enemy has not only found haven outside the vehicle but inside also.
Urine stains on seat, engine bay and numerous metal clamps is yet another warning sign. Your rides may become smelly and obnoxious.
Mice and rat excreta littered around the inside of the bonnet and boot is a proof which needs no second opinion.
Prevention is better than cure
The above adage is versatile and applies to an array of situations, including car maintenance. Follow the below mentioned steps and reduce the chance of damage to your "4-wheeled" asset.
- Drive regularly
A car, parked for days and weeks offers a permanent and safe residence. Something akin to human being even a rat loves such places. The solution is to drive the car regularly and avoid stagnation.
- Park inside the garage
Cars parked close to thrash, plants, open drains are more likely to attract these nocturnal guests than the ones parked in a clean and enclosed space. Make sure the area around your car is free from rubbish in case a garage is not available.
- Car interiors
Never litter the inside of the car with food. It is one the worst car etiquettes and a sure shot way of attracting mice who have a strong sense of smell. Food and drinks are strictly off limits.
- Block all inlets
Make sure all entries into the car are blocked, however small. Close/seal them with appropriate materials such as wire mesh, rubber grommets etc.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
There may be instances where even after taking the above precautions, these nasty spiked faunae might have found a home in and around your car. So how does one get rid of them? Mentioned below are some of the remedies.
They can be used directly or with help. Simply dip a soft cloth or cotton balls in the solution and set them up in various strategic locations such as above the wheels, engine bays, under the chassis or inside the bumpers.
These deterrents typically contain naphthalene or sulphur which rats hate. As rodents are extremely sensitive to smells it will send them scurrying to other places. It doesn't kill which make it a hassle free and clean option.
Aerosols that contain anti-mice chemicals when sprayed along the running board, boot, inside the bonnet, on the engine head, and water draining rails offers a great solution. These naphthalene based sprays are one of the safest, cleanest and effective ways to keep your engine safe from mice and rats.
As bizarre as it may sound these resonance producing compact machines not only scare the rats but also reduce their desire to copulate which means shrinking population of these rodents.
Ultrasonic machines produce sounds which human's cannot experience but it shatters the ears of mice and rats, making them go berserk when they come into its range. Ultrasonic rodent repelling system is a safe and chemical free way to keep your surroundings free from these pests. They are small, affordable and effective.
In case machines or chemicals make you nervous or you fear it might somehow harm others, especially children, then mechanical trap is your best bet. Animal Trap are efficient, self-operated and most of the times don't kill. As the name suggests, it just traps mice, rat or other small creatures which can later be released into the open away from human settlements.
Best practices is the only insurance
It is a shocking experience when you as the owner of a beautiful car look down at the shredded engine cables, punctured hoses or leaking brake pipes one fine morning when your car refuses to start. The situation could have been avoided had you taken the above mentioned precautions.
Insurance typically covers most the damages, if you're covered under a comprehensive policy. Baring a couple of day's of inconvenience your vehicle should be back on the road firing all cylinders.
However, insurance should not turn you complacent and prevent you from taking good care of your car. Remember, it is your asset which needs protection.
On the other hand let the rats go about their business.
Author Bio : Jaden Sanders is an online marketing strategist for Havahart .He likes to blog about tips and tricks to keep animals away from home and garden.