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Myth bursting: Home remedies to keep rats away from car

29 Aug 2021

After seeing the sight of rats or rodent in your car engine – if you frantically Googled home remedies to deal with rat problem then you are not alone.

Mothballs, peppermint oil and raw tobacco are some of the top results that Google throws at you. However, the big question is, do these home remedies work effectively? Let’s find out now.

Mothballs (naphthalene balls)

Mothballs are believed to be a good rodent repellent because they contain naphthalene, which when inhaled or ingested can cause blood cells to lose their ability to carry oxygen.

Although mothballs carry enough naphthalene to deter moths, it is not enough to repel rodents. In fact, the amount needed is the same needed to affect humans. Due to the limited effect of mothballs on rats, people end up overusing the product, which can lead to health complications due to the levels of naphthalene in the air.

In a nutshell, using mothballs as a rodent repellent is Not Advisable.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint is known as a great natural deterrent for rats. It is normally preferred due to its non-toxic and friendly properties.

But is it effective?

It will make your car smell good, but it won’t stop rats from paying visits in your car. Due to their sensitive sense of smell, it is believed that rats will avoid areas with peppermint aroma in high concentrations. But being the smart creature that rats are, soon they will discover some other way to enter your car.

Raw tobacco

It is believed that if you tie tobacco under the hood of the car and on the chassis, it keeps rodents away from your car. But you are supposed to change the tobacco at least once a week as the packets lose their pungent smell and become ineffective.

So, there you go. Home remedies may or may not work in keeping rodents away from your car. Even one hungry rat is enough to bite most of the wires of your car. So why take a change? Get this ultrasonic rat repellent installed in your car engine area and you are all set. You don’t have to worry about rats for years. Plus, it’s non-toxic and safe way of keeping your car rodent-free.


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