Hungry Rats Eat Horse Power
Have you ever paid upwards of $700.00 or more for a meal—a soybean fiber in a phenolic resin reduction with a little coconut coir, perhaps? Well, you might, if rats get into your car’s engine compartment and eat the ignition wires—resulting in a tow truck ride out to the auto shop for costly repairs.
Here is why this is occurring. Some automobile manufactures, including Mercedes-Benz and Ford Motor Company are using renewable bio-based alternative materials derived from soy, castor, corn, flax and coconut. These bio-based materials are recyclable, or more environmentally friendly than metals and plastics, when it comes to manufacturing some car components. Soybean oils for example, are replacing standard petroleum-based polyol materials normally used to make foam seats and electrical wire insulation. Goodyear has even reported their intentions to use soy in tire formulations.
True to the law of unintended consequences, the move to go green with new bio-based formulations might prove great for the environment, but even better for hungry rats, mice and squirrels, too.
This is by no means a new problem. Small critters always look for a comfortable and convenient place to nest especially in cold weather. A nice warm engine bay provides a perfect home. However, there is growing concern that some bio-materials are actually attracting a feeding frenzy of hungry rodents, that are damaging car components because they resemble a natural food source.
What You Can Do
Beware of the surroundings. Parking next to a wood pile, tall grass, shrubs, an ornamental pond, or in a garage with a food source, will give your vehicle more rodent-appeal. Bird feeders, compost piles and tree branches overhanging your house or garage, are also big attractants.
Be sure to call and schedule a complete Janus rodent inspection. Trapping, structural repairs and baiting when necessary, play a big part in our rodent control program.
Additionally, we can use EVAC rodent repellant pouches that work to deter rodents for several weeks. EVAC is an EPA-registered rodent repellent made with balsam fir oil and plant fibers. The product, which is made by Nisus, has a strong pine-like aroma that has been proven to be repellant to rodents.
Some automakers are responding to the problem. Honda dealers now sell rolls of anti-rodent tape for wires, that can be used on any car, not just cars manufactured by Honda Motor Company. The tape is treated with capsaicin, the stuff that puts the fire in a bowl of five-alarm chili. This should help keep critters from causing future problems. Both products are available through Janus Pest Management.
Source: missionduke.com, ihatethemedia.com, extremetech.com, blogs.redorbit.com, corporate.ford.com, dsm.com, marquette.org
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