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Don’t Let Rodents Take Up Residence in Your Vehicle This Winter

February 4, 2020 GMT

FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 4, 2020--

Car problems such as flat tires and dead batteries are oftentimes associated with cold weather, but there is another potential threat to vehicles during winter motorists may not be aware of – rodents. In November 2019 alone, online conversations around the topic of rodents found in cars had a surge of roughly 1.8 million engagements*. This winter, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is urging drivers to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their vehicles against the threats posed by rodents.

“Between the engine’s warmth, protection from predators and plenty of wiring for chewing, our vehicles are the ideal source of shelter for rodents seeking refuge during cold weather. It’s a lot easier for these pests to get inside than car owners may realize – mice only need an opening the size of a dime to gain entry,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “The worst of winter weather is still to come in many regions across the country, so motorists need to be on the lookout for mice, rats and other vermin making a home in their cars.”

A rodent infestation in your vehicle will not only cause costly car repairs, but it could also pose a threat to your health. Not only are rodents carriers of diseases, including hantavirus transmitted by deer mice and plague from rats, they can also be a respiratory concern. Signs of a rodent infestation in your car include chewed wires, droppings and gnawed upholstery and insulation.

To avoid threats to both your vehicle and health this winter, NPMA is offering the following prevention tips:

*November 2019 online engagement findings are a result of a recent online research study conducted between January 2018 and January 2020 by Advanced Symbolics Inc. using a representative sample of 274,500 Americans.

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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