CARS & RATS - HOW DID I OVERCOME THE MENACE?
I heard my colleague talking to somebody over a motor insurance claim.
The car –Skoda Rapid
The claim - for reimbursement of wiring harness: amount Rs.80000/-
Cause – Rat bite!!!
The discussion was going on and at last my company settled the claim, treating it as uncertainty and an accident, just because the customer was holding a comprehensive policy. If it is only a minimum third party policy cover or a policy from an insurance company where there is a fine print of ‘Exclusion: Rodent Menace’, the customer would have missed this benefit.
Yes. I started thinking that I should be extra careful about MY ALBUS, as we know that it would cost a bomb if such contingency arise in our ANHC.
But, as usual I forgot. Oh my god!
The shock came to me one day when I happened to open the bonnet for general inspection and removal of dead leaves. I was really shocked to see some piece of chicken fingers and nails, crushed bone powder over engine & battery area.
I understood, the culprit is our rat friend. But, from where he gets the chicken flesh?
I called our canteen manager and asked him about the disposal of kitchen waste. He declared that they never buy full chicken or with legs, buy only the dressed meat.
My brain got breaking, then how could it happen to my car.
I found out that there is a meat shop outside nearby our compound, and the crows lift the garbage and come inside our compound as it has lot of trees and shade to enjoy their meal and the left drop outs are for our rat friend.
Rats love Car engine bays as it is dark, warm place with a lot of crevices and nooks, to hide themselves and enjoy their food. They are happy chewing on our car cables & wires to sharpen their teeth.
I know it that all these are of out of my control. About Rats What You May Not Know!
Rats are clever, tough animals and notoriously trap shy. Though rat don't have canine teeth, their teeth are harder than steel and they can go longer without water than a camel and can fall some five stories without injuries. They are color-blind, but generally pick out the wires coated with blue plastic insulation.
Rats have excellent memories. Once they learn a navigation route, they won’t forget it. Only the happy rat start coming again & again to the car.
These villain creatures smartened over the years. They tend to build up certain immunities to chemicals.
So what is working for one car owner will not work on rats in another area. What I Practice To Prevent It.
Frantically searched internet.
There were many solutions but nothing concrete to say that would be the answer.
I decided to find something simple which will work for me. I cleaned the spoiled engine area and sprayed WD40. Took one old can of my car perfume, filled with good quality naphthalene balls and closed with grill cover, pasted with DS tape inside the engine bay, over a safe area. Cleaned the car parking floor with phenol solution and left the car.
Next day I was anxious to know whether my criminal friend has come back, opened the bonnet, examined carefully, no trace of his visit, closed the bonnet with a sigh of relief!
I continue to inspect every day and change the naphtha balls once in 15 days and spray WD 40 over his lovable locations once in a month after every car wash.
Touchwood he stopped visiting so far. What Others Practice To Prevent It.
I just list out the various methods adopted by car owners across the world (Yes, our rat friend is world famous!) Along with my comments for information:
• Keeping mothballs which is apparently repugnant to rat olfactory receptors. But needs a good quality one like made by Bengal chemicals, should melt & evaporate. Start changing every week, then every fortnight.
• Keeping tobacco – one should be careful in buying the good pungent tobacco leafs in India. Moisten tobacco works better! Many places it has a fishy odor, avoid such one as it will attract our friend rather than to repel.
• Keeping cotton soaked with peppermint oil- very effective, original one is really expensive.
• Leave car bonnet lid open under light, eliminating the darkness and privacy sought -provided if it is a secured place otherwise, thief will have eye over your battery.
• RAT poison – very dangerous, if the rats dies within the car or inside AC passage. Also dangerous for pets & children.
• Keeping a dog or cat - may help to keep mouse like pests away, though if the cat gets into an engine, it's bad for everyone..... worst for the cat! And the experience I had with my beloved dog in my earlier car, he made nail art all over the car body while trying to catch the rat…!!
• Electronic devices used to repel rats - needs constant current from battery. How far our friend will be afraid of the music, we don’t know! ( Buy Ultrasonic Electronic Auto (Car) Rat Repellent & Repeller Online - Varna Suraksha
) The battery usage is also a concern, can easily drain out on sparingly used cars.
• Little bundle of dog hair, cat fur or even human hair clippings has the power to repel the nuisances - Very unhygienic! Carelessness may make it to get into rotating/ sucking part of the car.
• Organic rat repellant - comparatively less effective.
• Rat guard spray, expensive, some claim to be working.
• Spraying diesel- We know that not good for every component in the bonnet.
• If rat comes inside the cabin, avoid fruit smelling car perfume.
• Red fox urine, as it creates an illusion that a fox is present in the garden and scares away – no comments ha ha.. Some Suggestions:
Observe your car’s engine bay closely, at least once a week by opening the bonnet, in broad daylight. Inspect thoroughly as Rats leave their marks, like most animals, by urinating at many places, their urine, which is neutral to human nose, will keep on attracting them. In such cases seek for professional cleaning.
Don’t make your car a dining table. Always clear all foodstuff from your car. This will ensure rats are not attracted to the car. Remember Rats can eat chocolate.
Change your parking spot, at least for a week and completely disinfect by phenol solution your parking spot.
In your presence, keep hood open for some time in a ventilated area, to allow maximum light and air to pass through.
Tie any loose wires with fasteners, black insulation tape (don’t use Red or Blue colored one)
Get some wire mesh to seal off fresh-air vents to the cabin, if your car does not have it.
If you park in a garage or in the basement of your apartment, make sure any nearby drains and the floor under the car is sprayed with industrial phenyl. Don't park the car very near to wall, leave space as possible.
Many of these listed items are having mild to moderate inflammable property. Avoid keeping nearby engine /spark plugs.
We have to careful in winter as warm engine @cold outside temperature welcomes our friend.
Ensure the outside air mode is closed while the car is parked.
Get your interiors cleaned thoroughly, regularly.
I have left out to comment about some funny stuff claimed by car owners like pepper spray, chili powder, chili sauce, Black pepper powder …. Of Course our friend is not invited for dinner. He He…...