When most people think of a pest infestation, mice or bed bugs in a car don’t really come to mind.
But the fact of the matter is that pests can infest nearly any place that provides them with adequate shelter and food—even your car.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), rodents in the car are a serious driving hazard because they can damage car parts and potentially distract the driver. Car problems such as worn-out brake pads are all too common when mice are done chewing through your car.
So what can you do about this? We’ve highlighted four steps you should take to ensure a pest-free car:
Step 1: Inspect your car
The first step is to inspect the extent of the damage. Go through your car thoroughly and check every corner for signs of a possible infestation. Don’t forget to check under the hood either—it’s warmer there, and pests love to hang out under it during winters.
Be sure to remove any garbage bags, paper, tissue, and fast food boxes from the car while you’re at it—these serve as nesting grounds for mice.
Step 2: Get your car washed
Get your car washed thoroughly. While an infestation may be more of an issue when it’s inside the car, the exterior shouldn’t be ignored either. There may be bugs on the car’s windshield wipers, fender, bumper, and wheel wells.
A high-powered car wash will ensure that every surface is washed from top to bottom, and will wash away and persistent pests.
Step 3: Vacuum all corners
Once the car has been washed and dried, it’s easy to assume that you won’t experience any more pest problems. But for good measure, you should still vacuum your car thoroughly.
There may be bugs and their eggs infested in the cloth upholstery, which need to be cleaned out. Additionally, any crumbs in the car can also be cleaned out during this time.
If the problem persists, consider getting the car’s interior steam-cleaned.
Step 4: Future Prevention Techniques
To prevent future bug buildup in your car, the NPMA offers this advice on its consumer education website, PestWorld.org:
- Keep your car clean: Avoid leaving used tissues and fast food bags in the car.
- Seal potential entry points: A cracked sunroof or broken car window provide rodents with easy access into your car—so seal and fix all such entryways.
- Don’t let moisture in: Moisture is a big reason why rodents are attracted to your car. Any radiator leaks or AC seepage needs to be addressed ASAP.
- Keep your garage clean: If you have a bug infestation in your garage, the chances are that it’s going to travel to your car. A clean and insect-free garage will keep your car protected too.
- Contact a pro: A rodent issue in your car is a serious driving safety hazard—which is why it’s best to take the car to a professional pest controller. They will be able to inspect your car more thoroughly and provide adequate treatment.
If you’re looking for professional one time pest removal, Xterminator Pest Control offers thorough pest control services in Pickerington, Zanesville, and Columbus, Ohio.
Rid your car of pests by making an appointment today at (614) 935-3973 or 1-800-948-7378.