13 Hacks to Stop Animals From Ruining Your Car

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Make your car unattractive to animals.

  • If you keep your car in a garage, leave the hood up. Rats and other rodents like warm and dark places to hide. Leaving the hood lifted up may prevent them from nesting in your car.
  • Use essential oils (like peppermint oil, for instance) in the garage and inside the car to make it smell unpleasant to rodents and other animals.
  • Use wire mesh protection to keep rats, birds and other animals off your vehicle’s engine compartment.
  • Do not leave the car unused for long. Drive it once in a while to prevent rats from nesting and ruining the inner workings of your vehicle.

  • Mothballs can be used for creating unpleasant smells that will keep animals off your car. Follow these tips to make the most of this simple but effective product. Make sure that the mothballs do not get heated, otherwise, their odor won’t reach the cabin and you won’t breathe it in.
  • Do not keep pet food in the garage. Rats can get attracted to cat and dog food and they can stack it into empty spaces in your car.
  • Most markets offer a great variety of rat repellents nowadays, from ultrasonic devices to chemical and organic sprays. There are even rat repellents especially designed for vehicle wiring. They securely coat parts of the car’s electrical system, making them unattractive to rats.

Use protective seat covers for pets.

Not only wild animals ruin our cars. Traveling with our beloved pets may also become a problem, for cats and dogs can leave stains and scratches on seats. Using seat covers for pets is a good solution for those who like to take their pets for long-distance rides.

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