Join Date: Jul 2004
Car: 2000 BMW R1150gs
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
I did a little research and came up with some common remedies (not sure about how well they work though). Mothballs in a stocking under the bonnet (of course they may stink up your car), poison, which when left outside, rat/mice will eat and die BUT eagles, falcons, hawks, and other predators will eat the contaminated critters and then die themselves. A woman near where I live put out a bunch of poison for rats, the rats ate the poison and died but then a family of Bald Eagles ate the rats and died. The woman almost went to jail but got off and was only fined several thousand dollars. Personally I though she deserved to go to jail for being so dumb. Another remedy I read about was creating a chili pepper mixture that you can spray into the engine area. The person who suggested this has only tried it on wires inside his house which his cats were chewing on though. Speaking of cats if you don't have one and you aren't allergic to them they you might want to think about getting one or two and keep them as outside cats. One person also suggested in collecting a back of cat hair and keeping it under your seats to scare away the critters. You will have to replace the hair once in a while.
The most sensible things I read were to clean the car VERY well making sure you get any possible food crumb from crevices and under the seats, placing traps under the hood, inside the car, under the car and around the wheels (where they might be getting in), and getting a cat or two. Critters like warm places so you also might consider leaving your bonnet open to expose your engine (and the critters).
BTW the real reason rats and mice chew on electrical cords and such is because their teeth are constantly growing and they need to keep them trim and sharp and electrical cord insulation is perfect for this job.
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