If you have just bought a new Tesla or Nissan Leaf you may well be wondering about how to prevent rodent damage to electric cars. Rats and mice are renowned for causing expensive damage and electric cars are no exception. In fact, for various reasons, rodent damage to electric cars may by more likely than petrol-engined cars. In addition, the damage may be more expensive to repair.
Rats teeth grow continuously throughout their lives so they need to be ground down otherwise they become unable to eat. Sometimes they wear down naturally whilst eating. If they have been eating soft food such as that left around by humans, they need to chew hard materials to wear their teeth down. Unfortunately this is where the rather expensive wiring in your new Tesla comes in.
RatMat is the perfect solution to prevent damage to your electric car. Simply lay it on the floor of your garage or driveway, park on it and it will harmlessly repel rats for many years to come. The electrified surface will give a safe electric shock, like an electric fence, to any rodent that walks on it. Despite this, you can walk on it with shoes on and drive on and off without any problems. In tests, rats never took bait from the surface making it ideal when it comes to protecting your car from rodents. Visit our homepage to find out about purchasing.
There are three reasons that rats and mice might get into a car and they are all in order to survive. Shelter, food and warmth.
Rodents are fearful, vulnerable creatures and are frequently keen to find a secure place to make a nest. If you are on holiday for a couple of weeks you might come home to find a mouse's nest under the bonnet of your car. Warmth, dryness and physical protection all come from nesting in a car.
Leaving crisp packets and half-eaten supermarket sandwiches in the foot-well of your car is a really bad idea. Rats and mice will be enticed by the smell and find a way in. Surprisingly many car manufacturers have been including soya in the insulation of the wires of their vehicles. This increases the appeal of the wiring and makes it even more likely to be eaten.
Rodents are keen to seek out warm places to nest to protect their babies from frost. This is where electric vehicles are particularly vulnerable to damage. Whilst the car battery is charging it warms up, some of them more than others. The rodents can sense this and will make every effort to get inside the car.
Due to the complex nature of the wiring in many electric cars it may be recommended that the entire loom is replaced in the case of rodent damage. This may be more expensive but also more reliable than localised repair. In a recent case a car owner had to wait months for a loom to arrive from Korea, leaving his car out of action for some time. If you have an electric car it is well worth investing in a RatMat to protect it.