Did you know your car could be at risk from pests?

Our cars are something we use on a daily basis, and they almost become our second home on wheels. So what happens when we find we have a pest problem in the car?

Insects and rodents are the most likely pests to get into your car. Birds such as pigeons can also pose a problem, as their droppings corrode the paintwork of our vehicles. Rodents will chew the wiring of an engine, and completely destroy it, costing hundreds of pounds in mechanical work. Once insects infest the seats of your car, it will become almost impossible to get rid of them.

Multiple lines of defence for prevention is the best way to avoid critter car catastrophe. Here’s a great guide for you, with tips on how to prevent destructive critters making your car their home.

  • Hide all pet food – if you keep your car in the garage near the pet food, make sure the food is completely sealed or hidden from pests. A rat will stuff pounds of food into the empty spaces of your car if you let it.
  • Remove and seal off hiding places near the car – cutting back shrubbery near the car reduces places for pests to hide. If the cars in the garage, block off any pest entrances.
  • Make your car smell bad – at least to pests, not to you. Many people have had success with peppermint oil and red peppers when deterring pests. Another idea is to make a spray out of vinegar, lemon or vanilla, and wipe the smell over the surfaces of the car.
  • Don’t let the car sit unused – drive it once in a while. A working engine is less appealing to pests than an unused one.
  • Keep it clean – regularly clean the inside and outside of your car. Vacuuming is the best way to deter bugs from your car.

These tips will help in preventing pests calling your car home. Especially during the winter months, as it’s more common for pests to invade cars for shelter and warmth. If you think you have a pest problem in your vehicle, take action immediately and call in the experts.