Saturday, February 23, 2013
I usually write about helpful, health oriented things in my blogs...
But since many of us own a car, and some of us park it outside, I felt this tip might save some the inconvenience and expense of car repairs necessitated by hungry, warmth-seeking rats this Winter.
Rats that mistake car wire insulation as a marvelous rodent treat.
That was my experience this week, when my car became inoperative due to the solenoid wires to the transmission being stripped of their insulation.
Thankfully the $400 in repairs and the tow to the dealership was covered by my car insurance's Comprehensive, which carries a $99 deductible. Not that I couldn't find a better use for the $99, then spending it on a bunch of RATS!
How to prevent this from happening again, was the bigger question.
Aside from the obvious... rat traps and bait in garage and attic (check), clearing debris from one's property(check)... driving one's car frequently and parking it inside of your pristine garage with a hermetically sealed garage door( not in my world).... the mechanic suggested putting moth balls (not happening) or dryer sheets(happening with reservations) in the engine compartment, away from hot and moving parts.
The most appropriate place I found for the dryer sheet as in the side panels of the engine compartment, where the wiring goes back to service the interior and rear of the car.
Figured they wouldn't get in trouble there.. "float" onto something like one of the belts or sizzle and burn on the engine block. That said, I don't expect the rodents to give up that easily, so plan on periodically checking their placement to see if they've been dislodged or need refreshing.
I got "lavender" scent... it was on sale and sounded less chemically then some of the others, like "Tropical breeze". Although I'm pretty sure that dryer sheet lavender bears little or no resemblance to real lavender essential oil. Chemicallty speaking. And this really bothers all things " crunchy " in my soul.
But anything to save me another repair bill and the inconvenience of being stranded without wheels while the insurance company and mechanic haggle and I drop another $99.
Never thought I'd be asking this question... but if you have any remedies that keep your own vehicle rat free, please share...
Thanks everyone for your comments, lot of fun to read! I've mentioned my car's problem to several friends up at the Y, and their "Rats that Done Me Wrong" Stories came crawling out of the woodwork as if to the Pied Piper! ha
Thx, Pat... yes I think peppermint is more something that I would prefer to have there, given that its a natural oil.
Aqua... surprisingly, not smell of lavender inside my car... that's actually a good thing cuz I hate artificial fragrances.
Morty and Connie... wow, that sounds worse than what I have dealt with! A cat sounds like a good fix, only I wouldn't want to let it outside, cuz we have bobcats AND coyotes here... they don't last very long.
Dryer sheets do nothing to deter rats!
The only thing that gets them is traps and poison bait.
I went thru 4 full trays of bait, under my car at nite and at a hole they dug under my neighbor's fence.. picked the bait up in daylite so pets and birds, squirrels wouldn't get at it. Just awful to have to resort to this, but it had to stop.