More tips on keeping rats away from your car’s wiring: Roadshow

Q: Rats chewing auto wiring are a terrible problem out here in the boonies.

Hillary Winslow, Bolinas

A: And not just in the boonies. Today we take a spin throughout the Bay Area, where rodents can wreak havoc with auto wiring, sometimes causing $1,500 damage. First, back to Hillary.

Q: Irish Spring soap deters them. I put one bar in the engine of my Jaguar and another in the trunk. Rats nibbled a bit, but never stayed.

Hillary Winslow

A: Simple. Good to know it works.

Q: My neighbors got three cats to keep the rodent population down, but their cats use my yard as their toilet. They also scared away my bird and squirrel friends and ate most of my bug-eating lizards. Please don’t get cats for your rats.

Stacy Frawley, Walnut Creek

A: More reasons why cats are not man’s best friend.

Q: Goodnature A24 is a rat and mouse trap that is automatic and self-resetting. It’s toxin-free, so there is no worry of pets or children accidentally being exposed.

Ben Smith

A: Comforting to know.

Q: Our 1998 Dodge Durango definitely has the tasty cables that rats love. I ended up replacing our wiring harness twice. I finally found a little device that has kept them away since, the P3 International Under Hood Animal Repeller.

It runs on batteries and I’ve only replaced the batteries once or twice in the five years I’ve had it.

I tie it to something around the battery, and it doesn’t move or cause any rattling. Works like a charm. The beeping is definitely audible, but not terribly annoying, unless you’re a rat.

Lisa Hazen

A: And…

Q: Try dryer sheets. Tie them around various wires under hood. Everyone in my rural neighborhood uses them.

Ellen Shehadeh, Inverness

A: Another simple solution.

Q: I have had no rodent engine compartment issues since I started using RidARat LED lights under my hood.

E.J. Finsler

A: And…

Q: Mice are repelled by the smell of peppermint oil. Put some peppermint oil/extract in a spray bottle and spray down your wiring. It works.

Mark Carbonaro

A: Good to know.

Q: My Volvo mechanic recommended spraying Febreze under the hood. I had to replace a wire harness at considerable expense. No more rat damage occurred after I tried Febreze.

Candice Basham

A: And now for today’s final word.

Q: After having the wires chewed through under the hood of my car, and my vehicle completely disabled, my maintenance person installing suggested Mouse Blocker Pro. Like a charm! No more issues with rodents seeking entertainment. Good riddance.

Toni Thunen, San Jose

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