Car maintenance usually does not include mouse traps, but it should.
Your periodic inspections should include looking for wires that have been chewed!
People all over Kent county see damage caused from squirrels, chipmunks and rats in their automobiles. This can be costly, frustrating and potentially dangerous.
Why Are Those Pesky Varmints Picking Out My Car?
Like your dog or cat, rodents are constantly looking for something to gnaw on. Many species have continuously growing teeth and are always teething.
Why are critters chewing up the wires in my car?
A recent lawsuit against Honda claims that the soy-based covering on the wires in its vehicles causes the cars to be tempting targets for small animals.
What Signs Should I Watch For?
If your check engine light comes on with seemingly no warning, or if your car doesn't start period, there is a chance rodents are the cause.
Here in the Rockford Michigan area we have plenty of woodland creatures about. We need to check regularly under the hood. Check for chewing or rodent droppings. If you see the signs, bring it to us immediately.
How to dissuade the pests.
You need to make the environment as inhospitable as possible. There is tape that contains capsaicin (active ingredient in red pepper).
You can currently find a specially made tape that isn't attractive to small creatures. The tape contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers. It should help deter the animals from your wires.
They Got Me!
Is It Covered?
The bad news is that cars damaged by rodents are not covered under your car's warranty. The good news is that your auto insurance might cover it.
If you have comprehensive insurance, there is a good chance that you can have the repairs paid for. Be sure to check with your insurance agent before you go to get any repairs done.