In winter we don’t like to drive our cars. But many of us have a problem that a lot of you guys might run across when you’re storing your vehicle and that is mice, unfortunately.
You know you can take your car, you can clean it up real nice before you put it away, you can get a nice car cover, you can put it in a nice warm garage but there’s not really anything you can do 100% it’s going to keep Mice’s out of it. But it’s got a nice cozy interior and mice love to live in stored cars. Not only this, Rats just pick up any debris from anywhere they find in bringing it into the engine compartment, and oftentimes they’re going to be picking up all kinds of material from inside your engine compartment including the insulation for your wires and the insulation blanket.
Surely, you have tried everything the mousetraps, poison bait, bought an ultrasonic thing but still stuck with the mice in the car.
Here we’re providing the solution to how to keep mice out of your car.
- Rodents such as rats and mice prefer dark and enclosed areas. So, one simple thing you can do is to keep the engine hood open as much as possible. Although the engine compartment is typically water-resistant, If you keep your vehicle parked outside, you might want to close the hood when it rains.
- If you keep the vehicle doors and windows closed, there are only two ways that a rodent can enter the cabin area of your vehicle. The first method is through the air intake duct of your air conditioning system. Now, if your air conditioning system is set to draw air from outside, then these creatures can easily bite their way through the air filter and sometimes even through the fan motor fins which are made out of thin plastic. However, if you switch on the Air Circulation mode, a motorized door will close the air intake, thereby cutting off access to the A/C air filter and the rest of the duct lines. So, switch on your vehicle, make sure that the a/c AUTO function is switched off, and then ensure that it is in Circulation mode before turning off the ignition.
- The second method is through what is called an AIR EXTRACTOR GRILLE ASSEMBLY, which is also known as a QUARTER VENT. This is essentially a one-way valve that allows the pressure inside the cabin area to be released to the outside when a door is opened and then closed. The same vent is used by the hybrid battery cooling system to push the air that was once used to cool the battery, out of the vehicle. Now, although the openings of this unit are covered by a series of rubber flaps, if they are damaged in any way, the rodents can easily creep through it and into the cabin area. This valve unit is typically located on the rear left or right quarter panel, hidden from view by the rear bumper. You can usually have access to this vent by removing a side panel in the trunk area. If you feel that it’s damaged, you can temporarily block the opening with a solid piece of plastic and then get it either replaced or repaired as soon as possible. If you are a hybrid vehicle owner, always make sure that you keep this vent unobstructed when the system is active. Otherwise, the Hybrid Battery cooling performance will get negatively affected.
What attracts rats or rodents into an engine compartment?
- One of the methods that work is using the JACK STAND. If you are not going to use your cars for a while then this is the best method to go for. You just have to use the JACK STANd to avoid your car to touch the ground. Thus, Rats when free hungry will leave the car but won’t be able to climb back inside the car. You can buy this stands from the local store.
- After removing all nest from the engine apply the product – essential oil of peppermint. rodents hate peppermint so you’re going to put about 20 drops into a half spray bottle that should do the trick or if you want to go full-on you can put 40 drops into a 36-ounce spray bottle you’re going to apply that everywhere in your engine being careful to stay away from your mass airflow sensor which is the most sensitive piece in your engine compartment to moisture and just stay away from the heat shield makes sense because you’re applying oil you don’t want that to be getting superheated so you’re going to concentrate on the areas where the rodents have shown signs of being which.