We know how distressing it is to find pests in your home, but many people are unlucky enough to experience pest infestations in their motor vehicles.
Whether it’s a car, RV, campervan or truck, pests will manage to find their way in and wreak havoc. Before we provide tips and tricks to prevent pests from entering your motor vehicle, you’ll need to know what makes them so attractive to pests.
What attracts pests into your vehicle?
Some pests favour cooler temperature, hence when the weather warms up, they will seek out new shaded homes. Spiders, in particular, will find solace inside your home and your car. It’s simple for spiders to slip inside cars through the hood or even through a door /window that has been left ajar.
You’ll know that you have a spider infestation in your car if you begin seeing spider webs inside the vehicle, boot or hood. You’ll find them in corners of the dashboard, your reverse mirror, on and around your engine, and other crevices. Some spiders are more active at night, so day-drivers may not see the culprit at all.
If you enjoy snacking while waiting in traffic, there’s a high chance you’re bringing ants and cockroaches inside. Ants and German cockroaches are small and can enter through the tiniest gap. If you see ants running along the dashboard, or a cockroach sitting inside your cup holder, your vehicle has been compromised.
Accidentally leaving your windows rolled down can be one of the reasons you’ve found a pesky pest inside your car. Otherwise, these pests can be finding their way in through holes in the hood or boot.
Prime Living Conditions
Rodents find the hoods of motor vehicles very attractive because of the prime living conditions. The hood is a perfect combination of warmth and darkness. This is mainly an issue with residents living in rural areas, but it can also happen in suburban and metropolitan areas. The consequences of a rodent infestation in your car include:
- significant mechanical repair costs and a ruined engine;
- baby rodents in your hood (rodents can give birth in any hood compartment stuffed with bedding material);
- exposed electrical wires; and
- ripped out insulation.
So, what can you do to stop this issue?
Pest Control Tips for Your Car
- Ensure that any broken windows or doors are fixed so they no longer sit ajar.
- Check that all windows are closed before exiting your vehicle.
- Organise pest control for the home, particularly if you park your car inside of the garage. Trust your local and professional Flick Anticimex team!
- Block off any insignificant entrances into your engine compartment with wire screens.
- Not eating inside your car may be an unrealistic tip for some people, so regularly clean the inside of your car with a vacuum and anti-bacterial wipes/spray.
- Watch where you park your car. Avoid parking near thick shrubbery or generally leaving your car outside (unless the pest issue arose from inside your garage/carport).
Take action now and put these pest control tips into practice. Just remember that even the best DIY pest prevention efforts can have flaws and be affected by uncontrollable environmental factors. Receive peace of mind with residential pest control treatments by calling your local Flick Anticimex office on 13 14 40. We are experienced at treating everything from your home to your RV or campervan!
About Flick Anticimex
The modern pest control company. Through prevention, new technology, and sustainable solutions, we meet the new demands for healthy environments, for both individuals and businesses. Anticimex employs around 4,400 people, with 3 million customers worldwide, and a 2016 revenue of $716 million (AUD).