Rodents don’t ask for much. They are not like us, dreaming of a pent house apartment on one of London’s prestigious streets. Oh no. They are simple creatures that find their own little paradise in… your car engine!

Hosing and plastic, insulation to make it cosy, compartments a plenty serving as a veritable pantry for their food stocks! Not to mention all those wires to gnaw on for entertainment and dental care!

Ford or Ferrari… Rodents aren’t Picky!

Whether you drive around in a rusty old Ford or a Ferrari hot off the production line, you are still at risk of rodents infesting your engine. They are not picky! All they want is a place to shelter and store their carefully scavenged food… an engine, be it in a car, lorry or any other vehicle, provides the ideal place.

Mechanics have found more than one surprise when opening up the hood of an engine to investigate strange occurrences reported by owners. From fully established nests full of baby mice, to over two kilos of dog food, to part of a broom handled that had been dragged into the inner workings of an engine by a pack of determined rats.

Rodent Checks to Avoid Damage to Your Engine… and to You!

MOTs, services, oil checks, tyre checks…the list of car maintenance goes on. However, you may wish to add rodent checks to this list. Not only can rodents in an engine cause electrical problems as they chew through cables, or fluid leaks as they chew through hosing and plastics tanks, they can also be a serious threat to your safety!

Take a simple nut for example. A driver of a Ford truck was reported to have lost brake power due to a stash of nuts becoming dislodged as he drove around windy country roads. After a hair raising trip around twists and turns, the driver fortunately managed to bring the truck to a safe halt.

Top Dog Tips: How to Rodent Proof your Engine!

On top of the usual Top Dog tips of how to prevent against rodents, including sealing up entry holes and keeping food stored away in sealed containers, here we give you some specifics of how to rodent proof you engine:

  • Leave the hood up: This makes the engine space lighter, colder and less cosy for the rodents.

  • Traps on the wheels: Mice and rats use the wheels to gain access to the engine, so place snap traps on top of them.
  • Leave lights on: Rodent like dark places to nest, so leaving on lighting can put them off.
  • Rodent offensive smells: rodents find certain smells offensive and motorists have reported success with peppermint oil, used cat litter, red pepper, and laundry dryer sheets. Applying these on the wheels or on the floor around the car can offer some prevention.

All this said, if you have got a full-blown rodent infestation in your engine, no amount of peppermint oil of laundry dryer sheets is going to work. You will need the expertise of a London pest control team to eradicate the. Top Dog has attended numerous call outs to rodent-ridden engines and will be happy to assist you in saving your pride and joy!

Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control, who provides rat control in London

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