Chewed on wires under your car hood could be the result of an undesirable rodent problem. Photo Credit: wk1003mike/Shutterstock.com.
If you�ve popped open your hood recently, only to spy an unwelcome guest or signs of one, that wouldn�t be surprising. With our cars sitting for longer periods of time these days, due to Covid-19, they become prime real estate for a number of outdoor creatures, including mice. Indeed, the cozy confines of an engine bay can be quite attractive during the cold, any year.
As small as these little critters are, they can cause some big problems under the hood. I�ve personally seen damage from rodents that exceeds over $5,000. It doesn�t take long, either, for rodents to wreak havoc as they chew on wires, upholstery and build nests. Diseases rodents carry can be harmful to your health as well. (See the Center for Disease Control�s guidance for cleaning up after rodents here and specifically how to handle vehicle infestations here.
So, how can you tell if your car is providing shelter for rodents like mice? This list I found compiled by Erie Insurance is a good one when it comes to recognizing five tell-tale signs.
Ok. You�ve done some reconnaissance work and determine you do indeed have unwelcome rodents making a home out of your vehicle. The following list from Erie Insurance suggests a few ways for getting them out:
Check with your insurance agent to be sure, but animal-related damage to your car is covered by the optional comprehensive coverage in your auto insurance policy. That includes damage to your car from mice or rats. You'll just be responsible for paying your deductible.
March 17, 2021