I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
If you have recently moved to a rural area and have discovered that mice and other rodents are sneaking into your vehicle while it is parked outdoors, then these tips will help prevent the expensive damage they are capable of inflicting:
Park Your Car Out in the Open and Away from Vegetation
When choosing the location to park your car, not all spots are created equal when you have a local rodent problem. For example, if you park your vehicle in an area with a lot of groundcover or walls that rodents can run along and hide, then you will have a bigger fight on your hands than if you park on an open concrete slab or area of asphalt with no vegetation around it. Before you park your car on your property, take the time to consider areas where rodents are less likely to be hanging out.
Spread Mothballs Under Where the Vehicle Is Parked
Just as people find the smell of mothballs offensive, so do rodents. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of deterring mice and rats from climbing around in your car is to spread out a bunch of moth balls around where you park it. The mothball smell will repel the rodents and encourage them to go elsewhere.
Keep Your Trash Cans Away from Your Parked Car
One of the biggest attractants for rodents other than places for nesting is readily available food sources. One such easily accessible and reliable food source is your household trash cans. If you keep your household trash in cans outdoors while waiting for it to be picked up or to take yourself to the landfill, use metal cans with tight-fitting lids and keep them stored well away from your vehicle.
Use Snap Traps and Decon for Serious Infestations
If the rodents on your rural property have already discovered your car and you don't seem to be able to rid yourself of the problem, then you should employ some snap traps and some decon. Place the decon packages under the car, under the hood of the car, and inside the interior of the vehicle. Place the snap traps in each of these areas as well as around the foundation of the nearest building to where you are storing your vehicle. Monitor the snap traps and empty them as necessary.
Finally, if you are unable to resolve your rodent issues yourself, contact local rodent control services for help.