Can rats chew through wires in a car?
Over recent years, more and more vehicle owners are complaining of ‘weird' and unexplained damage to their vehicle that causes
it to fail. For some of these cases, the cause is very simple, and many homeowners would never even consider this furry little
beast when trying to work out what could be causing the vehicle failures.
That furry little beast is the humble rat.
In a bid to become more eco-friendly, cars are constantly searching for materials that are safer for the environment. One of the
things they have done, these big car manufacturers, is turn to soy-based coating which they use as insulation for various electrical
wiring components of the engine. Just a few of the big vehicle manufacturers that have made this change include Subaru, Honda and
Although green and eco-friendly, the soy-based coating has attracted the unwanted attention from rats. They can smell food and they're
coming in closer to have another look. It smells good. It even tastes good when they start to chew on it. They continue to chew and eventually,
they chew right through the wire. This causes one heck of a problem for you when you try to start your car the next morning ... or brake at traffic
People NEVER consider the dangers of having rats in the garage, but they should be. Rats are very dangerous creatures, not just for the disease they
spread, but also for the threat to life they pose. When left to their own devices in the attic, they can chew through electrical cabling in no time at
all. When those bare cables are exposed to the attic insulation, which is a rather flammable substance, you have a serious fire threat to worry about.
The same fire threats can be present in your garage, should you have rats living in there too, but they also pose further problems. What if those rats
were to climb into the engine section of your vehicle and start chewing away in there? Your brakes could fail and you could put your life in danger, as
well as the lives of other road users.
It sounds like a seemingly ridiculous situation, something out of a comic book, perhaps? Just take a few minutes Googling the subject, however, and you'll
soon see how much of a serious problem these rodents can cause.
Short-circuiting is the least of your worries, and this applies to so much more than just the vehicle you're hoping to drive.
When you are inspecting your home for signs of rat and mouse activity, make sure that you spare a few moments to sweep over your garage and other
outbuildings too. If you don't, you mind find yourself in a lot of trouble, especially with your boss when you can't get to work in the morning!
For more rat information, visit our rat removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the how to get rid of rats page with 6 step-by-step instructions.
If you have a problem with rats above your ceiling in your house, read my rats in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing shut entry holes into the building, but after
you've done that, you'll want to know how to kill rats humanely to complete the rat control job. If you need to hire professional help in your city, click on my directory of over
200 rat removal companies servicing 95% of the USA. we can help your with your rat problem!
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