Rats in the car!
March 5, 2007 8:18 PM Subscribe
Twice in 2 months rats have chewed the transmission cable in my girlfriend's car, how do we get them to stop!
posted by zaphod to pets & animals (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The car is parked in Boston's Back Bay overnight in a parking spot in the alley behind where we live. It's been parked there overnight since 2003 and this is the 1st year that we've had this problem. Twice in 2 months rats (or mice) have chewed through the transmission cable and we've had to have the car towed and repaired. We've also started to find food debris left in the engine compartment from the rodents (some really weird nasty crap).
We want to deter the rats from getting into the engine compartment and undercarriage, and my google-fu has turned up contradictory suggestions such as moth-ball & peppermint essence or various sprays.
If you've been in a alley in Back Bay on trash day, you'll know that it's a mess of trash and food stuffs from ripped open trash bags, hence the rats. Plus. we've neighbouring buildings that improperly store their rubbish, and one of the landlords of one of rental units in our building insists on using a cheap barrel for their trash that the tenants that is left at the back door and it never seems to be sealed, leading to numerous buffets for rodents. We've asked the landlord numerous times about this to no affect, the city won't ticket the owner but will ticket the building which doesn't discourage the owner or tenants... and so far phoning the city about the rats and the trash has been futile. So getting rid of the rats is going to be friggin' tough.
So how can we try and keep the rats out of the car or rat-proof the cables or the car?