How to Deal with Rodent Infestation in your Car


Rodents carry diseases that can be directly transmitted to humans.

Rodents will often build nest in the HVAC systems.

This can send infected particles into the car whenever the heat or AC is turned on.





RODENTS ARE ATTRACTED TO VEHICLES

Rodents are looking for a comfortable place to escape the cold weather. They also like stationary vehicles.

With Covid-19 many cars are sitting much more than usual.

Even if you keep your vehicle free of any food scraps, many cars now have soy-based wire coatings that attract rodents. Damaged wires can cause thousands of dollars in damage.



WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT RODENTS ARE IN YOUR VEHICLE.


Check the air box under the hood, and cabin air filter (often behind the glove box). Other than more obvious spots like the trunk or under seats, this is often where rodents will be.




WHAT TO DO IF RODENTS HAVE MOVED IN.

Because humans contract the Hantavirus by breathing it in, it’s essential to use extreme care in cleaning a car that has been infested by rodents.


CDC recommendations:

Assure all live rodents have been removed.

Ventilate space by opening the vehicle for 30 minutes to allow fresh air in.

Spray infected areas with liquid disinfectant. DO NOT vacuum rodent urine or droppings as airborne particles may carry the Hantavirus.

Wear rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves and wipe the area with paper towels and discard. Place the nesting materials in a plastic bag and seal tightly.


After the CDC recommendations are followed:

Replace cabin air filter. This filter is designed to remove odors from vehicle. It is likely permeated with rodent odor.

Thoroughly clean the interior of your vehicle.

Clean the air box under hood and replace filter if needed.

Disinfect the interior of the vehicle including the HVAC system.



THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS PREVENTION!



While dryer sheets, moth balls and cedar are deterrents they will not keep a rodent out if they really want to get in.

We recommend three preventative steps:

Keep your car clean - trash left in your car can be a source of food as well as nesting material for rodents.

Park in a garage or away from woods and tall grass where rodents live.

Use a rodent protection like NH MOUSE-OUT.

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