Rodents Seek Shelter In Vehicles to Escape Bitter Cold

The of threats rodents may pose during cold months

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Winter weather is known for taking a toll on motor vehicles. Cold temperatures can have a variety of affects, from batteries being drained to decreased tire pressure. However, many don’t know that the bitter cold can also drive rodents into vehicles to seek shelter.  Eco Systems Pest Management, in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, is warning motorists that rodent infestations are not just a home concern, especially during the winter.

“Rodents can easily gain access to vehicles through vents, steering columns and pedal shafts. Once inside these pests are sheltered from the cold may even build nests in the engine as they offer a place to stay warm,” said William Douglas, Eco Systems President. “In some vehicles, they have also been known to chew materials like soy-wiring leading to very expensive repairs!”

To keep rodents out of your car this season, use these tips:

  • Keep the Vehicle Clean: Paper, tissues and fast food bags can quickly pile up and serve as nesting material for mice.
  • Promptly Address Moisture Build Up: Water is a necessity for rodents to survive, so a leak in the heater or wet materials left in the vehicle will draw them in.
  • Eliminate Entry Points: An open sunroof or cracked window is all a mouse needs to easily gain entry to a car. Make sure they remain closed when the car is unattended.
  • Pay Attention to the Garage: Despite parking in a garage, vehicles can still be at risk for rodents. Take extra measures to ensure the garage is rodent-free by keeping trash cans covered, eliminating excess debris, clearing clutter and caulking/sealing any gaps or openings where rodents can squeeze through.
  • Check Under the Hood: Rodents tend to build their nests near the engine due to the warmth it generates. Routinely take a look under the hood to ensure invaders haven’t made their way in, as rodents situated here have easy access to crucial circuitry.

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