How do they get in?
Rodents can enter cars generally through the following ways:
1) The air vents in the vehicle,
2) Holes around the cable or pedal areas,
3) The steering column,
4) Around the engine and under the bonnet area,
5) – perhaps the most common mistake we all make, leaving the windows and doors open.
It is also worth mentioning that mice are more likely to nest in your car in the winter so as the next few months progress, this is something to look out for. This means that outdoor carparks and even garages (which lead to the house) are potential areas of concern.
How to keep mice away.
A) Keep your car clean and free of rubbish and clutter on the inside. The same advice here applies as it would to a house. Many people are use to casting aside rubbish in their car and forgetting about it. As far as rodents are concerned, this can be an attracting force.
B) Keep litter away from the outside of your car also. By this we mean leaves, accumulated newspapers which float in the wind etc. If mice have a car plus some extra camouflage of these materials then this will prove extra an extra allure for them.
C) Cars easily become damp with moisture and condensation during autumn and winter months. Remember that water is a supply for rodents so if you have an excessive moisture problem, get this investigated to stop your car being a rodent home.
D) Avoid the common mistake – i.e. remember to keep doors, windows and sun roofs closed when not in use and certainly at night. This is otherwise as good as an open invitation for rodents to come and squat in your vehicle.
No car can and ever will be totally safe from this problem, but reading the guide and following the steps can ensure you reduce your chances.
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