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Maintenance Guide - How to Protect Your Car From Rats?

Snapshot: Even some very clean parts of India do face the havoc that the rats wreck by hiding inside cars and destroying the essential electrical components and also the interiors. Parking near the footpaths generally mean parking next to a drain from where rats can easily migrate into your cozy car.

Rats are very annoying creatures that can gnaw away a lot of your precious belongings. Needless to mention, no one would like a rat in his/her car. However, as rats like dark and warm places to hide while nibbling a lot of whatever they get, they are a common site in garages. India being a warm country with an unfortunate abundance of garbage on the streets of big cities and towns, the rat menace is also obvious. Even some very clean parts of India do face the havoc that the rats wreck by hiding inside cars and destroying the essential electrical components and also the interiors. Parking near the footpaths generally mean parking next to a drain from where rats can easily migrate into your cozy car. 

Apart from the interiors of a car, rats are more often found in the engine bay, as this usually goes unnoticed making for an ideal rat hideout. Rats love to hide in certain spots of the engine bay such as behind the battery, between the headlamps and the radiator, under the motor cover, and between the firewall and the engine block. Despite the cabins of the cars being well insulated, rats or small mice can enter through the fresh-air vents of the A.C or the rubber grommets on the firewall or the floor-mounted pedals.

Rats and mice not only dirty up the car by urinating and defecating all over with profuse foul smell, but can also damage very important parts of your car that can get very expensive. They can cut essential wiring systems in the car and chew the carpeting or even the seat covers of the interior, which can be very expensive to mend. Moreover, if a rat dies in the air conditioning system of your car, then only thorough professional cleaning and servicing can rid of the foul smell.

Rats usually chewing up wires, hoses, belts, bulb holders, rubber inserts, etc. If a rat chews up key cable that connects the car to its ECU, then you’ll end up spending thousands to repair. Chewed through wires can also be essentially dangerous as these can cause short-circuits.

You don’t want such huge troubles from some pesky rats. Thus use some easy tips to protect your precious car from the destruction that rats can cause.

Here are a few simple tips:

  1. An easy home remedy to deter rats, are naphthalene balls. Buy a big pack of naphthalene balls and distribute them in your car’s engine bay as well as in the boot area to keep the rats away. 
  2. Alternatively, you can also spray undiluted phenyl in your engine bay which too repels rats.
  3. Another great remedy is raw tobacco. First, at a service center, get the engine bay thoroughly cleaned, then get a generous amount of worst quality, coarse chewing tobacco and sprinkle it in your engine bay.
  4. Keep your parking lot thoroughly free of garbage and disinfect it once every two weeks to keep rats and mice away. 

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