Preventing Rodent Damage

Even though your car may seem safe in your garage, you may still need to contend with rodents such as mice and rats. Fortunately, it isn't hard to deal with a rodent problem before it can do any lasting damage to your vehicle.

First of all, you will need to remove any sources of food and water near your car. You probably don't eat your lunch in your garage, but you should clean up any spilled pet food or puddles of standing water that could be inviting to a hungry rat. This goes for any places where rodents can hide. Keep your garage tidy, and try to trim back bushes that are too close to your garage or your car's parking space.

Next, close up any potential entrances to your vehicle. A rat can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter, so cover up any holes or gaps into your car with wire screens.

Finally, make your vehicle and garage as uninviting to rodents as possible. Peppermint oil and cat litter will act as a deterrent against rodents, and there is even a special electrical tape that you can buy that is treated with capsaicin, the active ingredient that makes chili peppers spicy. Of course, a few mouse traps placed around your vehicle won't hurt either.

If your vehicle has suffered significant rodent damage and needs to be repaired, we at Honda of Frontenac will be glad to help you get it repaired. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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