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Wildlife and Your Car

Over the people have asked us car problems relating to dogs, goats, snakes, birds, raccoons, geckos, bed bugs, mud and Madagascar hissing cockroaches – others.

And we made up lots of Until now! Meet expert, Dr. Kieran Lindsey. Her is open, and she’s here to your questions about the of cars and wildlife.

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Why do rodents themselves at home in our cars?


All animals, including have four basic needs: air, water, and living space – someplace to home that offers a bit of from the weather and other a place to sleep in relative and room to raise a family. at this from a small perspective (without actually experienced this perspective of course), cars make cribs:

Rodents are small to make a doorway out of a dime-size so there are all kinds of nooks and safe from sun, cold, rain, snow, and that think of them as

There’s plenty of handy materials nearby in the form of insulation, upholstery fabric and and rug fibers so you can fix the place up just the way you it.

And sometimes you get a free ride to the the movies – or even the beach!


So, how do we keep them out?


Of course, it’s not to try to plug up every opening in the truck so we need to think this from a different Assuming the car is being driven on a basis, it’s probably food that’s attracting the crowd. Think about it – if you onto a restaurant that a 24-hour buffet, wouldn’t you checking out the neighborhood and calling

If the car in question lives in a garage, a bin might be the cause. If so, relocate the bin from the car.

Has your been using the garage as an pantry or to store pet food?

items humans may not automatically of as food. Are grass seed and gardening supplies being nearby?

If the car is parked on the street, around to see if there’s a food nearby, such as trees bear fruit or nuts, or a bird feeder.

Americans eat on the go, so look for wayward French stray scone crumbs, or lettuce. (And if you find all maybe it’s time to about a meal at home!)

If the regularly transports a baby or child, it is a truth universally that there will be

My advice is to remove as many sources from around and the car as possible. Then remember to be about cleaning up after on the go.


Can you stop from … in your


The main way to rodents from … in a car is to them from living in the car in the place by removing sources of and shelter.

If the rodents weren’t in the car when they died, it’s possible they’ve poison and have used last ounce of strength to themselves into the sanctuary of an hideout to … in peace. and a little olfactory revenge in the This is one of the primary problems using poisons (from the perspective, anyway) – once you let go of the you’ve lost control of it. You control who consumes it, or where the of your chemical warfare …. Besides, poisons are and, frankly, bad karma. up the garage or parking area, all the food sources, and give the car a and regular vacuuming.


OK. We can’t promise to stop the airwaves, but we do promise to refrain … animals. Just us how to get rid of the smell!


A creature can hold an amazing of stink. The best way to get rid of the smell – no – is to remove the body. Unfortunately, not always easy or inexpensive.

So, how long will that smell last? Until the have decomposed completely or out. Dead-mouse stink usually stick around from two to three days to two to weeks, depending upon the of the mouse and whether there’s than one involved – and whether you actually have a small, rat on your hands. Factors the temperature and humidity play a big in determining the duration of the odor, Dead-rat stink usually for a week but could last for up to a If you’re not willing to wait long, you can try any or all of the following, and then a week or two:

an absorbent (such as activated charcoal or gel);

an odor neutralizer, as Nature’s Miracle; and/or

a deodorant.



Why do we keep finding nuts in our systems, the engine compartment, and air


Rodents are the likely suspects, particularly who hoard or cache food Depending on where you live, might include chipmunks, mice and pack rats.

at the engine compartment or ventilation from a rodent’s eyes. we see an engine compartment or a ventilation – rodents would likely see that looks a lot like a How convenient! And how nice of the humans to a prefab tunnel just for a nice mouse or chipmunk to in and fill the pantry with Prevention is primarily about groceries harder to come by. means the following:

Clean up the garage or parking remove all the food sources, and the car a thorough and regular vacuuming.

Be to drive the vehicle regularly.

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your parking options so the car always waiting in the predictable

Are there other animals nest or store stuff in


Teenagers. And I have no idea how to prevent but I’d suggest you start by up the garage or parking area, all the food sources, giving the car a and regular vacuuming, and hiding the


How do you stop and other small furry from eating car wiring? to think of it, why do they like to eat


There’s question among us animal over whether they’re eating the insulation, harvesting it for uses, such as nesting or both. I have been about soy – specifically, soy-based used by auto manufacturers of petroleum-based plastics – that wiring into a tasty but I’m not sure I’m Regardless, animals that near people tend to be adaptable and that’s true of ability to utilize novel such as new kinds of food and materials.

How can we put a stop to it?


Wire commonly occurs when a isn’t being driven for periods of time or when near a vibrant population of Soy or no soy, the first step, as mentioned before, is to make you’re not inadvertently putting out the mat by making other food readily available.

If food the problem then we need to at humane ways to ask the local to leave the car alone. There are any of techniques that will do the at least for a while. But the same that allows certain species to survive and even in close proximity to humans causes them to habituate to our scare tactics. Here are ideas:

Noise, such as a stereo.

Strobes or other lights.

Balloons or aluminum pie tied to the underside of the vehicle.

A gnome or some other statue with eyes beneath the car. you get the idea.

wires less tasty by with capsaicin, the chemical makes hot sauce hot. won’t get rid of them permanently, but it may buy you time to clean up and make the car attractive to rodents.

We’re to use the element of surprise so that we complacency on the part of both the and the car owner. Get creative, get wild, get – but stay safe.


Why do mice us – and our cars – so very much?


Well, you have to once you get past the beady humans ARE pretty cute. provide all kinds of helpful – finding and sharing tasty for example. Who wouldn’t want to one as a pet? And, of course, one of the places to find your is in a car.

Another way to look at it be karmic. Humans and rodents go way Of course, it hasn’t always a marriage made in heaven. We them for the Black Death, fleas were the real We continue to conscript them for in medical experiments. We hire to get them out of our houses then go to a pet and buy them to keep as companion or to feed to other species we as pets. Maybe the reason love people and their so much is they figure we owe Big time.

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