How To Get Rats Out Of Your Car
Rats and other critters take shelter in automobiles a lot,
especially in the frigid cold of winter. Some of them get so
comfortable being insulated from the cold and from predators
that they actually start to live there. This does not only
happen to old or stationery cars too, many a seasoned car
mechanic will tell of their encounter with rats in vehicle
Unfortunately, the propensity of rats to gnaw and chew at
cables and wires does not auger well for the car owner as
they often cause extensive damage under the hood. They cause
a whole lot of wiring problems when they chew on wires,
especially in hidden places that are hard to spot. Telltale
signs of rats living in your car include sightings of
droppings and trash, dusty footprints, and nibbled plastic
Getting rid of rats living in your car can be done
in the following ways:
1. Prevention is key. If you have had this problem before or
if your car is going to be stationery for a while in a
rat-prone environment, try prevention. For one, park it in a
garage and keep food and seeds away from it. These include
pet food, trash cans, bird seed, spray cheese, and what have
2. Set up a snap trap. These essentially attract a rat with
a food bait and then swiftly clamps down on the ratís neck
once the trigger is activated. The rat dies instantly in
most cases and can be disposed of properly. In disposing of
both rat and trap, ensure that you wear rubber gloves and
spray the trap with a ten percent bleach solution to
disinfect before discarding it. Live traps are not
recommended in this case, as the trapped rat would continue
to defecate in the engine space and could possibly bite.
3. Install ultrasonic sound devices, which emit frequencies
that rats find irritating in your car hood. These are very
much available in stores.
4. After getting rid of the rat(s), carefully pressure wash
the engine compartment to clear all remaining feces or urine
away. Leaving this undone is a sure way to invite your
rodent visitors right back into the car.
5. Avoid using a car cover, if possible
Some ineffective methods to get rats out of your
- Spraying at the rat with a squirt bottle
- Blasting the car undercarriage with an air hose
- Gunning your car round the field in a bid to unsettle
and dislodge the varmint
- Cursing at it
Read more about rats:
Do cats keep rats away?
Do rats carry rabies?
Can Rats Chew Through Wires in a
Does car insurance cover rat
I have attached some pictures of damage to my car under a
carport. I live in SE Kansas just outside city limits and
surrounded by fields. I am trying to figure out what kind of
rodent these droppings are from. They look pretty good size.
They did $3700 worth of damage in a short period of time.
Someone suggested peppermint oil on a cotton ball and change
out every 2 weeks in the engine area. Someone else suggested
taking the covers off all the units under the hood as they
like dark places. Another idea is to keep the hood open. I
thought maybe a solar light some how placed in the engine
area. I was told the bags of herbs smell they don't like,
you can buy don't work. This happened in May also, but only
$500, so I have sticker shock now. I have got to find a
solution as I am sure it will happen again if I don't.
Thanks for any help.
THE SAME APPLIES TO MOUSE REMOVAL
Although I wrote this site with rats in mind, such as the
Roof Rat and Norway Rat, the same principles apply to other
rodents, such as the house mouse. Mice behave very similarly
to rats, they're just smaller. Email me if you have any
questions about mouse removal, how to remove mice, rodent
removal, other queries.