Prevention is Better Than Cure in Pest Control

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Rats and mice love cars. Really, they do. They think of your car as as a safe haven, and a place to bring up the kids. Whether you live in the city or the country, you may one day get the bad news from your mechanic. The best way to deal with the problem is preemptively, by making your car and hopefully your favored parking spot a no-rodent zone. Professional critter control companies, which can handle everything from gopher removal to creating a rodent-free zone around your house, can help to mitigate and even eliminate this problem.

Rats in the engine
It’s the kind of problem that most people don’t know about until it’s too late. Rats and mice of all kinds, the city dwellers and their country cousins, love to live in cars. They build nests, raise children, and even picnic on chicken bones under the hood. Favored locations are engine bays, underbodies and wheel arches. They will even enter car cabins to look for food.
In urban areas, cars parked near drains can attract rats. In the country, fieldmice might decide to hibernate in your engine bay. You won’t know until the next oil change or even worse, if the critters damage something. Rats are the worst offenders when it comes to harming cars – they can chew through wires, and leave an unpleasant smell. If they chew on hoses, belts, wires, bulb holders, rubber inserts, felt linings, and fasteners, they can cause expensive damage.

Prevention is better than cure
Damage to cars from rats can be expensive. It can also be dangerous, if the damage affects your car’s functioning on the road. The best way to avoid problems, in pest control, is by prevention. There are about 27,000 pest control businesses in the U.S. and they are coming to recognize the importance of preventative measures, which are also more humane.
Poison used to be a favorite method but is now seen as too risky. The danger of the poisoned animal being consumed by other creatures, including pets, is too great. Trapping critters can help but is not totally effective, because new animals will just move into the area cleared. And the process will have to be repeated every year, as with gopher removal.

Critter abatement
Humane critter and gopher removal are more effective. In fact, any company that has a critter and gopher elimination plan based only on trapping is not likely to be effective. Critter and gopher abatement strategies can include laying down smells that are unpleasant to the target species, blocking means of access, and removing food sources.
Gopher netting can also be used to block access to cars and buildings for rats and mice. Critter and gopher abatement has a better chance of success when a number of different strategies are used.

The idea of rats and mice in your car is revolting to most people, and rightly so. As with any kind of pest control, prevention is better than cure. A professional critter and gopher removal company should use several strategies to prevent the rodents from returning to your area.

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