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.
So I went out and got some, now how to stick 'em in the car so that they stay...
Step 2: Materials.
Besides the moth balls and screen, all you will really need is a pair of scissors, duct tape, hole making implements, some wire (I used picture hanging wire), and a pair of wire cutters/pliars.
Step 3: You wanna make a kinda pouch.
Start by making a pile of both balls in the middle of a bit of screen, I cut mine to roughly a square foot but that's just because that was the width of the piece I had. Fold up the sides and corners until you have a little pouch that is flat on a side and tape it up. Just check out the pictures and you will understand.
Step 4: It's hole makin' time!
Next, take your wire and run it through the hole, wrap it around and twist it off. Use the pliers to tighten the twists down until it's secure and then cut off something like an 8 inch lead or how ever much you think you will need for affixing the bundle.
Step 5: Find a spot to put it.
The Pictures are of my Accord; the first two are candidates for placement, and the third is an example of where not to put it because of the radiator fan and the exhaust manifold.
I decided to attach it to the airbox where it's somewhat protected from direct heat by the battery.
Step 6: P.s.
Also, I noticed that is says on the box not to breathe the fumes. I don't know how dangerous it could be but the smell is pretty strong and you probably don't want to be breathing it all the time. As long as the A/C or fan is not on while driving there should not be too much getting into the cabin.