How to prevent Rodent Damaging your car's wiring system?:
I have a 2003 Honda Accord which is parked outside in covered parking (condo). Recently my Check Engine Light came on. The engine's wiring was chewed by Rat(s). Cost $800 to fix.
The new wiring is coated with a Rat Poison because this has been a notorious problem with Hondas. I have researched this topic and found lots of information. I have been a bit annoyed with the suggestions mentioned that are NON-SCIENTIFIC and potentially DANGEROUS to you and your car.
The only PROVEN AND TESTED methods for Rodent Control are the following:
1) Limit Food Supply: Remove all food and garbage in and around your car. I live in a condo, there is no food/garbage in my car, the parking area has dumpster which is emptied once a week. I plan to notify my home owner's association of our rodent problem so we may address this problem as a large group.
2) Trap or Kill to Reduce the Population: Poisons are effective but can be a safety concern around pets and children. Another disadvantage is the animal can die inside your car (STINKY). The best traps are the simple Snap Traps. They need to be positioned appropriately: along walls or behind objects. The trigger needs to be in the path the rodents take. Peanut Butter is the most often used bait.
3) Rodent-Proof Structures: Prevent rodents from getting access to your structure. Since my car is essentially outside, this will be impossible. For those that garage their car, if you have small gaps in your structure (as small as 1/2 inch for even large Norway Rats), rodents can get in.
These are my favorite sites for information on how to deal with Rodents. They are based on SCIENCE and have REPEATABLE RESULTS to support their approach:
From University of FL: Go GATORS: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_MG218
From University of CA: http://www...74106.html