rat peeking from car

How to get those rats
out of your car

Rats in cars really damage them extensively

Rats in cars do a lot of really expensive damage to vehicles every year in New York, Chicago, London, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Sydney, Toronto and even in North Metro environments. And with more and more electronics and wiring in newer cars, the damage potential escalates each year. Many automobiles burn up from the damage rats can do when then make nests and chew the wires creating short circuits.

Rats eat

  • the car seat cushions,
  • chew on the electrical wires in the engine area to sharpen their teeth,
  • the hoses carrying fluids,
  • and build their rat nests in the air intake using the air filter and compartment insulation for bedding in that safe protected area of your vehicle…under the hood.
  • and, they only need 1 day to move into their new home…your car, no matter where you left it…on the street, in the yard, or in the lot at the train station.

How will you know

Then your car won’t start, stinks to high heaven, and even worse, you hear the sound of a rat as he gets chopped up by the car fan…and that blood and guts mess that follows…oh no, rats in cars, not so good.

All of this rat damage can cost you big bucks with your car insurance or directly from your pocket if you are still within your automobile insurance deductible.

So to use the famous quote from Shakespeare…how to get rid of rats or how to kill rats, that is the question.


  • Park your car in a garage that is secure from rat entry.
  • Leave the hood of the car up because they want a secure area, not one that is exposed to predators looking for them.
  • Maintain the area. Trim bushes, cut the lawn, remove wood piles and trash, and unused cars…that is deny them a place to hide and live.
  • Light the area. Again, exposure…they don’t want to be seen running to and from the vehicle.
  • Put mothballs in a sock or socks and place them under the hood of the car. The bad part is you also will be driven crazy by the odor every time you drive the vehicle.
  • Put a cloth saturated with fox or bobcat urine under the hood to get rid of the rat quickly.
  • Purchase a commercial rat repel agent and sprinkle it on the floor or ground under the engine compartment of the vehicle.


  • Poison the rats. Commercially sold Zinc Phosphide or anti coagulant baits work slowly but well on rats.
  • Live trap the rats. A cage trap baited with peanut butter or a sticky trap that is of a size designed to catch rats will get them while in the car. Then drown the rats or suffocate them in a plastic bag (trap and rat go in the bag) and then trash them.
  • Call a pest control specialist if you feel you can’t handle the killing of rats as you rid them from your car.
  • Finally, call your insurance company and cross your fingers they will share the cost of repairing the damage the rats did to your car.