How do I keep rabbits out of my car engine?

I live in an area with a large rabbit population. I know that cats and other animals sometimes crawl into engines to stay warm. How do I keep rabbits out of my engine?

Answer
Don’t let Peter Cottontail make you nervous about firing up your engine!
If you’re worried about rabbits or other animals in your engine, you have a few options. You can set traps to catch the rabbits. However, these are more effective for rats and other rodents than rabbits.
Another option is to restrict the access that rabbits or other animals have to your vehicle. Store your car in a truck and make sure that any access points are properly blocked. Also, make sure that doors and windows remain closed when the vehicle is not in use.
If you still notice a lot of animal activity in the area, you can use a spray deterrent. Many companies make spray deterrents designed for rabbits and other animals. This won’t harm them, but it will make them less likely to enter the area. You can find these products online or at a hardware store such as Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Finally, you’ll want to be sure that you clean the area around your vehicle. Keeping the area clear of dirt and debris can also prevent rabbits or other animals from wanting to be around your vehicle.
While rabbits may not pose a threat to the mechanical integrity of your vehicle, other wildlife may. That’s when you should consider adding comprehensive coverage to your car insurance policy. Hop on the Jerry app to compare quotes from dozens of insurers and get the right coverage at the best price.
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 20, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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