What could be better than finding, a few days before an interstate roadie, that some pesky rodent has had a party chewing all things electrical, under your bonnet!! This is what awaited us yesterday morning.
Now it’s only been a week since that bonnet was lifted, but with colder nights I’m guessing a warm engine bay must seem like a really top spot to spend the night…while munching on lots of tasty plastic thingies!!!
Now if that wasn’t frustrating enough, i ran for my beloved Peugeot & yep, it’s been in there too…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
The bright side to this dilemma, the rodent hadn’t munched on the car’s computer, they love newer cars with more components to munch; thankfully both cars are still drivable.
So what to do at this late stage? Well it’s more of a case of what not to do. After talking with an auto electrician, the number one rule of this very common, when you live rurally, rodent munching is: TO NOT TAPE UP THE DAMAGE YOURSELF. Why not? Because you may inadvertently do more damage to the cables/exposed wires, like snapping or bending. Plus the auto electrician will have to remove the tape, increasing the cost & possibly causing more damage!!
I refuse to bait, because of the dog/native animals etc, so here’s what we did:
- Placed lots of fresh spearmint under the bonnet
- Sprayed with peppermint essential oil, where electrics are not exposed
- Hung lots of mothballs under the bonnet
- Filled a plastic container with a dry mix of cornice cement & flour- Removed when driving, and they love eating this.
- Placed slices of sweet potato under the bonnet
- Set up a Nooski rat trap near it’s droppings, adjacent to the car- Wiped with metho to remove any nasty human smells
There’s so many stories of extreme damage circulating around the Valley this year, apparently it’s a bad year for rats..and so far the rodent has not been back. We just have to hope the car holds out for a lengthy road trip on the mainland. I will be holding my breathe when starting up to drive off the ferry..oh fingers crossed all goes well!!