How To Keep Mice Out Of Your Cars
Mice are known to crawl into vents inside vehicles, where they can die and fill a car with stench in the process. Mice also eat away at various wires, tubes and circuitry under the hood. Consequently, if you do nothing to fight a mice infestation in your car, you run the risk of having future performance issues with the vehicle.
BEWARE OF MICE BEARING GIFTS
Automotive technicians often discover nests and stashes of nuts that rodents love to store within the warm confines of an engine. One tech found a bird nest in the air cleaner, easily a fire hazard judging by the charred twigs that were in there. Another car was the unfortunate victim of a squirrel that had jammed nuts into the air intake. Dried leaves, twigs and other nesting materials rodents introduce into the engine compartment act as kindling for a potential fire under the hood.
HOW TO HELP KEEP RODENTS OUT OF STORED CARS
People often ask how to keep mice out of vehicles. When you Google the phrase "how to get rid of mice in car” dozens of pages come up that offer impractical advice such as spraying hot sauce on the doors of your car, or putting cedarwood, dog hair, human hair, or peppermint oil inside. I don't know about you, but I don't want to fill my car with human hair! The problem of having a mouse in your car is no laughing matter. This article covers the basics of how to get rid of a mouse in your car, as well as how to keep mice out of your car engine, air filter, air vents and passenger space.
RISKS FROM RODENTS
Rodent infestation carries with it risks to both your vehicle and health. Some damage from mice, rats and other mammals will be cosmetic, but when animals chew through electrical system wiring or nest in key mechanical areas, the damage may get in the way of a vehicle’s safe operation.
A rodent infestation also places you at risk for diseases including the Hantavirus. Carried by several rodents, including the deer mouse, white-footed mouse, rice rat and cotton rat in North America, the Hantavirus causes Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in humans. The Hantavirus is often found in rodent droppings or nests. This rare disease is fatal in about 50 percent of cases. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and fatigue and appear one to five weeks after exposure.
HOW DO MICE GET IN CARS?
Though your car might seem protected when you lock it and turn on the alarm, mice have a way of getting into all types of vehicles. Due to the small size of mice, it's easy for them to squeeze through openings smaller than a dime. In most cases, they'll crawl up from under the engine and make their way to other areas once inside. The following are among the most common entry points that mice will use to access a car: Vents, Holes around cables, Pedal shafts & Steering columns.
WHAT SEASON DO MICE SEEK SHELTER IN CARS?
Mice are active year-round, but their behaviours vary according to the season. In the summertime, they're often going in and out of buildings in search of food, water, and nesting materials and spaces. During winter, they're more likely to spend more time indoors. As a nocturnal creature, mice are primarily active from dusk till dawn, when few people or animals are likely to see them. Since it's in the nature of mice to look for shelter from cold and rain, they're likeliest to nest in cars during winter.
WHY DO MICE FIND WIRING SO TASTY?
The auto industry’s enthusiasm for recyclable, organic materials has introduced a new problem: soy-based electrical wire insulation, which is becoming a favourite treat of rodents under the hood. CTV reported that the issue is becoming commonplace as automakers such as Honda, Toyota and Subaru turn to soy-based insulation. In one example, rats chewed the wiring in a Honda CR-V, causing hundreds of dollars in damage for the owner to pay. Toothy rodents can expose hot wires and potentially cause a fire. There is wire wrap available infused with rodent repellant (chili pepper) to address the problem. Rodent infestations can be a cause of Car Fires, another reason we recommend keeping an Element safety stick in you car.
HOW TO PREVENT MICE FROM COMING INTO YOUR CAR ELECTRONICALLY
The Mouse Blocker is a 12 Volt powered device releasing a proprietary ultrahigh frequency noise to deter mice from nesting in your automobile. The Mouse Blocker is designed to be stable in this harsh environment of well below zero temperatures in Canada. The Mouse Blocker units run exclusively off a vehicle’s 12V battery and draw only as much power as an LCD clock. This allows the Mouse Blocker to run for months in a vehicle without draining the battery. The Mouse Blocker is perfect for all vehicles with a current mouse problem or one’s that are stored indoors, such as motorcycles, tractors, hot rods and dirt bikes.
The Mouse Blocker is available at all Performance Improvements Locations.
The MouseBlocker Pro is the most advanced rodent deterrent available for your vehicle. The Mouse Blocker is a 12 Volt powered device releasing an ultrahigh frequency noise (that sounds like a jackhammer to humans) to deter mice from nesting inside your automobile. The Mouse Blocker is designed to protect automobiles from clogged or blocked interior areas, which can ultimately result in severe damage to your vehicle. The Mouse Blocker runs exclusively off a vehicle’s 12V battery or anywhere with a 12V power supply so you don’t have to worry about leaking flashlight batteries or extension cords.
The Mouse Blocker is the worlds first ultrasonic mouse deterrent dedicated to automobiles. The MouseBlocker Pro takes everything great about the Original MouseBlocker and makes it better. The Powerful Ultrasonic Sounds emitted from this unit are now adjustable and now even louder than the Original. This new unit also adds a new deterrent in the form of 2 Bright Strobing LED lights simply adding another feature the rodents do not like in our attempt to make the area very uncomfortable for the rodents to nest.
The MouseBlocker Plug-In Pro Model is our recommendation for long term storage situations (longer than 2 weeks) where you want the most power and protection available. This unit is trusted by 100’s of RV and Camper dealers throughout North America and installs very easy. This “Plug-In” MouseBlocker PRO Model can easily be installed virtually anywhere now. Plugs into any 110v power outlet or extension cord. Works great when protecting items that do not have a 12V battery but power is nearby.
MouseBlocker Anti-Rodent Insulated Repair Tape is made with encapsulated Capsaicin from Hot Chile Peppers. This repair tape is a great addition to the already potent rodent protection our Original 12V MouseBlocker provides however it protects in a little different way by putting a barrier between the rodents teeth and the sensitive vehicle wiring. Use the MouseBlocker Insulated Repair Tape to protect your wiring after making a repair or protect the entire harness.
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