We had Ron from Ace Muffler Clinic on for his regular Tuesday visit. It's one of my favorite things we get to do on AM Quad Cities. Ron is as hilarious as he is knowledgeable. I always learn something and laugh out loud. This morning, Ron brought to our attention a recent influx of rodent infestation.
"Instead of the Wizard of Autos you ought to call me the Pied Piper".
Ron told us (you can hear the segment here) that lately there have been more and more cars coming in with damage from furry critters climbing under the hood and chewing wires. When your mechanic pops open the hood and dozens of acorns drop to the floor, that's a big problem thanks to tiny pests. More often than not, the chewed up wiring seems to be a problem for newer cars.
How is it that so many Quad City critters have developed a taste for newer vehicles? One theory is auto makers have moved away from using materials like wire coating made out of petroleum and have started using more renewable materials, like soy. It's "better for the Earth". It's also better for rodents that are already looking for warm dark place to live and start their families. Thanks for nothing, Hippies!
Rodents invading cars and chewing on wires isn't new. Was wrapping the wires in something that looks, smells and tastes like food the best idea?
Here's some solutions, if you're looking to prevent your car's interior becoming an "All You Care to Gnaw Buffet":
- Honda makes a rodent-deterrent tape. It's electrical tape that's been treated with hot sauce
- Bounce fabric softener sheets (Ron insists they HAVE to be Bounce)
- Cedar wood
- Dog, cat or even dog human hair
- Peppermint oil
- A caller shared he's had the most success with an old sock filled with moth balls
- Mouse traps