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How to keep mice out of your car engine

A stored car’s engine is an inviting spot for a mouse looking for a place to build a nest and raise a family. The engine has tasty wires for a mouse to nibble on, insulation to build a nest with and plenty of protection from predators. However, mice are not just a problem with stored cars.

Any vehicle that is parked with a warm engine on a cold day is an invitation to any rodent seeking some warmth. When a rodent like a mouse or rat has crawled into your car’s warm engine to bed down for the night, it is an unpleasant beginning to your day when you start up your car. Preventing mice from making your car’s engine its home will save you repair costs and wasted time cleaning up the mess of an unfortunate rodent getting caught in a spinning fan belt.

Pest No Problem offers the Yard Sentinel to help keep mice and other rodents out of your car’s engine. Placing the Yard Sentinel under your car will make for an unpleasant living environment for rodents and they will seek shelter elsewhere.

In conjunction with powerful ultrasonic repellents like the Yard Sentinel by Aspectek, you could build a “corral” to encircle your vehicle with a short fence that mice cannot climb over. Placing wire mesh over holes in your vehicle will also prevent mice from climbing inside, but will not be as effective for keeping them out of the engine. Electronic repellents can be purchased that hook directly to your car’s battery, giving effective protection when your vehicle is stored for a lengthy period of time.

When it comes to keeping mice out of your car’s engine, take all steps available to you to ensure you are protected from all possible angles. Costly repairs because of a mouse ruining wires or getting caught in an engine hose are all too commonplace, so be diligent and keep mice out of your car engine.


One Response to “How to keep mice out of your car engine”

  1. Declan Kreitmayer 06/01/2014 at 00:02 #

    The family dog or cat may help to keep mouselike pests away, though if the cat gets into an engine; it’s bad for everyone usually worst for the cat. Some people park their car over a bucket of mothballs, which is apparently repugnant to rat olfactory receptors.

    reply from PNP: Thank you for your reply and bringing two important issues to light. In Canada, cats crawling under hoods and resting on warm car engines in winter is a much bigger problem than mice or rats, and I mean bigger in more than one sense. The damage to both car and cat is avoidable, and hugely unfortunate when it happens. With respects to using mothballs to repel mice and rats, it is best to avoid using mothballs in an environment where people will breathe the air. Mothballs are intended to be used in closed spaces, like a laundry bag or box, to kill moths and their eggs. Mothballs slowly turn into gas, and that gas is a pesticide. Leaving mothballs in a large quantity where the fumes could leak into a car or home is dangerous and to be avoided. Do not use pesticides for anything other than their intended use and always adhere to the instructions. Mothballs are poison designed to eradicate moth problems; they are not designed to repel rats or other rodents. Thanks again for your comment, these are two important issues.

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