Living in a rural area has it's charms such as seeing deer grazing on the lawn on frosty winter mornings or staring up at the milky way on cloudless nights without the light pollution of big cities. Rats, however are not among those charms.
Every winter the rats seek shelter in the walls and attic of my home and, for whatever reason, this year has been worse than it has been for a long time.
Normally they don't pose much of a problem but now there are so many of them that they need to take shelter anywhere they can, including inside the engine compartments of our cars.
First up was the BMW about two months ago with a blinker going out and the check engine light coming on so we took it to the shop and nearly $3000 later all the wires the rats had chewed up were repaired.
Since that car had been in the garage I assumed that was the reason the rats had gotten up into it for further protection from the cold.
Well you know what they say about people who ass.u.me things... So a couple weeks later the light comes on in the Explorer and a few days later it starts running really rough and gets a trip to the dealer. Thankfully, that one was only $700 in damage.
So before the Accord became the next victim I decided to try to do something about it.
Step 1: Plan of Attack.
Poison or traps didn't really seem like a viable option since two of the cars are outside, and I had heard from several sources that dryer sheets under the hood would help deter them, but that seemed kind of sketchy as well. How do you attach them under the hood so they dont fly away? How long do they last? How many do you need to use? I have no idea, so I turned to the trusty ol' internet in search of alternatives and it seems that aside from dryer sheets many people believe in the use of moth balls for the same purpose.
So I went out and got some, now how to stick 'em in the car so that they stay...