How to Get Rid of Pests in Your Car and Prevent Them
Leave your car unused too long and you risk learning that pests have already set up residence somewhere in your precious ride. From mosquitoes to cockroaches, to cats, rats and other unwanted creatures, and even (gasp!) snakes—although you won’t likely read stuff like this in the news, it’s actually quite common for critters taking up real estate where they are least wanted. Pests are a huge headache inside homes, and even much more so in cars. Left to their own destructive devices, they can wreak so much havoc that could total in thousands of pesos in expensive repairs. So how do you keep your car free of pests and other nuisance? Here’s what you need to do.
Pest-proof your garageLike any living organism, pests want to live in a spot where food is accessible. Certain wires made of soy have made modern cars more enticing to rodents than ever before. Park at the wrong spot for an extended time, and you’ll soon find that pests have nestled cozily and comfortably in your car. Aside from food source, the dark and cool environment provided by your car’s undercarriage practically ensure that finding pests in your car is not a question of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ Needless to say, if you’re not planning to use your car for a prolonged period, parking it out in the open is a no-no. Though keeping your car in a garage is immensely the better option, you shouldn’t stop there. You should also ensure that your garage door is well-sealed so that even tiny insects won’t be able to get in. with that in mind, it’s a good idea to put rubber gaskets or seals around your garage door and windows to keep the pests out. It also helps to do the following:
- Avoid storing pet food in your garage. The same goes for cat litter, as some rodents feed on them.
- Don’t feed your pet in your garage. Any leftover food on the garage floor can prove too irresistible to tiny critters. Find a better place for giving fido his treats.
- Don’t leave your garage door ajar for long periods.
- Remove anything around your home that can allow pests to gain access to your home, such as long tree branches, open garbage bins, piled up junk, etc.