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A Rodent Issue

The car mechanic gave me more unwelcome news this week. Not only was he charging me a small fortune to replace my radiator, he also informed me that I’ve got a “rodent problem”. Well, I know all about the chronic infestation in my loft – that’s why I have a pest controller on an annual rolling call-out contract. But I wasn’t aware that the problem stretched as far as my car. However, Mike informed me that rodents (unspecified as to whether mice or squirrels) have got into the engine compartment and been nibbling away at the insulation on some of the wires. I’m not sure what I can do about that. I can’t get a cat, as I’m highly allergic to them. Besides which, the neighbour’s cat stalks the garden as if he owns it, and clearly isn’t having the desired effect. And I can hardly get my pest controller to put poison down all over the garden – if only because I don’t want to be responsible for poisoning the cat!

My poor little car is clearly suffering a range of indignities at the moment. But I’m not yet ready to replace it, so I’ll keep hoping that the rodents don’t gnaw through anything vital!

{ 2 } Comments

  1. RuthieG | 29 June 2015 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I have seen mothballs, peppermint oil and tumble dryer sheets like Bounce recommended to make your engine compartment smell bad to mice. A cheap solution if it works and certainly worth a try! I suspect it may not make the inside of the car smell particularly good either, but better than nibbled wiring.

  2. Gillian | 29 June 2015 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    That’s a new one on me! Thanks. I wonder if that will also work in my loft?!