6 Ways To Stop Rodents from Chewing Wires in Your Car

Things to Know About Rodents Chewing on Vehicle Wires from the service professionals at Porsche Chandler

Your Porsche is an incredibly attractive vehicle. Unfortunately, rodents and other pests might sometimes agree. Of course, they don't appreciate the elegant style, the luxurious amenities, the advanced technology, or the pulse-pounding performance. What they are attracted to is the sheltered space that the engine area might provide. Even more enticing is the wiring all around, which provides them something to chew on.

It goes without saying that this is less than ideal. And, while the experts at Porsche Chandler can certainly repair chewed wires, we'd really rather not deal with a rodent-infested car, either. With that in mind, we've put together six tips we've found that can be helpful in deterring mice, rats, and other pests. It's one of the many ways we help you learn more about how best to take care of your Porsche.

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6. Park in a Garage

There are many reasons it's best to park in a garage overnight, and avoiding rodents is one. If you have stuff stored in your garage, it's a good idea to find somewhere else to store it so you can keep your Porsche safer. It's even better if you can seal any cracks in the garage walls with steel wool. This is hard for rodents to chew through, and may keep them out.

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5. Leave the Hood Up

This may seem counterintuitive, as a car with the hood up appears like a house with the door left wide open. But the reason rodents like the engines of cars is because they're calm, quiet, and enclosed spaces. If the mice or rats are left with an open space, they may end up finding a different place to settle down. We should mention that we only recommend this if you're parked in a garage.

4. Drive Your Car Regularly

If you have a Porsche that you only take to the track every couple weekends or so, it might be a good idea to take it out more regularly--even just for a drive around the block. As we mentioned earlier, rodents like a cool, dark, and secluded place when they make their homes. The engine of a car that isn't being driven fits the bill--but once the engine starts up, things change!

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3. Use Rodent Repellent

There are a number of rodent repellents on the market. Sprays including unpleasant smells or harsh flavors (like capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers spicy) can be used on your wires, or you can use rodent repellent tape to coat parts of the wiring. You can even find powdered fox urine, which is supposed to scare rodents away by tricking them into thinking a predator is nearby! Whatever you use, we do ask that you let your technicians know so that they don't get something unpleasant on their hands as they work on your engine.

2. Set Traps

If none of these techniques are effective, you can always set traps around the car. This is a messier option, but it can work. Just keep in mind that traps can affect more than pests, as well. If you use poison, for example, it could accidentally be ingested by dogs, cats, or children.

1. Call the Exterminators

Home remedies are great--but when you have a big problem, it may be time to call in the experts. A licensed exterminator will be able to assess the situation and find the best way to get rid of the rodents. In addition, they'll help you take precautions to keep them from coming back.

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