How To Mitigate Rodent Damage When Storing Your Vehicle Long Term

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Rodents can be a problem when storing your vehicle long term. They love warm, out-of –the-way, tight spaces, that are infrequently trafficked by people. Your car ticks all of the boxes for this…especially if you don’t start it for months at a time.

Here are 3 things (among many!) you can do to mitigate rodent habitation of your vehicle during a long storage period:

1. Clean/ detail your interior before storing. This is especially true if you eat in your car. One old gum wrapper or stale French fry could catch the noise of a rat or mouse.

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2. Do not use your car as a storage locker. This goes back to the ‘tight spaces’ claim mentioned above. When you load up your car you are effectively creating a rodent motel.

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3. Use dry rat poison under the hood. If you buy little Dixie Cups, fill with dry rodent poison pellets and place under your hood, this will act as a strong deterrent. Rodents love engine bays because they are insulated. They also offer nesting spaces and materials from which to make the actual nest (insulation, battery blanket, wiring).

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I hope this has been helpful…taking just one of these steps could save you time and money when it comes time to take your vehicle out.

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