Of all the car troubles that can plague your vehicle, rats in the engine are rarely the first that comes to mind. The problem is more common than you may think, however, as the rodents are drawn to the hiding spaces and heat of an active engine, especially in chilly winters. As rats pose both mechanical and health risks, it's important to watch for these signs of infestation, especially in sporadically used vehicles.
Rat droppings are dark, oval pellets about a quarter inch long. Depending on where the rats are active, they may collect under the car, inside the hood or in the vehicle's interior. You may even smell them coming through your air vents, making your car smell.
Tiny, clawed paw prints in the dust on the hood or on top of an engine are a sure sign of rodent activity.
Rats shred and pile material to make nests. In a car, this can be anything from seat cushion stuffing to rubber insulation stripped off the wiring. A nest on the engine block itself can choke up the engine or be a fire hazard.
In addition to rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks and other rodents can make homes for themselves in vehicles. If you suspect your automobile may have a pest problem, call Cliff’s Pest Control in San Bernardino at 877-255-2575.