How do you keep rats out of a car engine?

How do you keep rats out of a car engine? I have to park my car outside most of the time and rats have been getting into the engine at night.

Oh no! That sounds like a really frustrating problem.
To keep rats out of your engine, you can try:
  • Leaving the hood up to make it less hospitable. (Everyone, including rats, like having a roof over their heads.)
  • Clean out any food, pet food, or birdseed, as this may attract rats to your car.
  • Use a rat deterrent, like Mouse Blocker or Rid-a-Rat.
  • Spray or block the entrances to your engine with something that smells bad to rats. You can try scents like peppermint oil, powdered fox urine, used cat litter, cat or dog hair, Irish Spring soap, red pepper, and laundry dryer sheets.
  • Try to drive your car as often as you can. Regular use makes it less likely for rats to stay long-term.
Despite your best efforts, rats can cause mechanical problems by chewing on wires or trying to store food in your vehicle. If you’re worried about the issues that the rats could cause, check out the ​​Jerry app. Jerry’s modern roadside assistance membership. Along with traditional benefits, you get Uber-like tracking for the status of your service and the ability to contact your service provider directly for as low as $4.16 a month.
I wish you a quick victory with your rodent battle!
Liz Jenson
Answered on Oct 28, 2021

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