One of the most extraordinary cases of animals attacking cars featured a 200 kg fur seal who crawled on a car bonnet in an Australian neighborhood. Jaw-dropping pics of the seal made headlines and went viral since it’s unlikely to see this kind of animal in urban areas. In most cases, our cars are attacked by rats and other rodents, stray cats may accidentally get into the engine compartments when it’s cold outside, and our beloved pets can also leave traces on car seats. Have a look at several hacks that prove to be effective at stopping animals from ruining our cars.
Here at Bright Side, we’ve collected useful tips that will help you keep animals off your car for good.
Use protective covers.
Using specially designed car covers will protect your car from animals that can get inside it from the ground. These animals include rats and other rodents, cats, dogs, and birds.
- This type of protective cover is made of strong material and thanks to its design it guarantees all-around protection to the bottom of the car and doesn’t let small animals crawl inside the vehicle’s compartments.
- These covers remind us of skirts and have recently become extremely popular in China where the problem of rats attacking cars is very common. A combination of strong fabric and wire mesh makes these covers highly protective.
Make your car unattractive to animals.
- If you keep your car in a garage, leave the hood up. Rats and other rodents like warm and dark places to hide. Leaving the hood lifted up may prevent them from nesting in your car.
- Use essential oils (like peppermint oil, for instance) in the garage and inside the car to make it smell unpleasant to rodents and other animals.
- Use wire mesh protection to keep rats, birds and other animals off your vehicle’s engine compartment.
- Do not leave the car unused for long. Drive it once in a while to prevent rats from nesting and ruining the inner workings of your vehicle.
- Mothballs can be used for creating unpleasant smells that will keep animals off your car. Follow these tips to make the most of this simple but effective product. Make sure that the mothballs do not get heated, otherwise, their odor won’t reach the cabin and you won’t breathe it in.
- Do not keep pet food in the garage. Rats can get attracted to cat and dog food and they can stack it into empty spaces in your car.
- Most markets offer a great variety of rat repellents nowadays, from ultrasonic devices to chemical and organic sprays. There are even rat repellents especially designed for vehicle wiring. They securely coat parts of the car’s electrical system, making them unattractive to rats.
Use protective seat covers for pets.
Not only wild animals ruin our cars. Traveling with our beloved pets may also become a problem, for cats and dogs can leave stains and scratches on seats. Using seat covers for pets is a good solution for those who like to take their pets for long-distance rides.
- Seat covers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors to meet all consumers’ needs. Use a car hammock (in the picture above) for dogs who like to travel in the back seat. These hammocks usually come with openings for seat belt buckles so that anyone else who sits with your dog can be safe. When attached to back seats and front seats, the hammock secures the entire back section of your car.
- A bag-shaped hammock of a smaller size (in the picture above) will designate a certain space for your dog and will prevent your pet from wandering around the car.
- The picture above shows a more glamorous design of a protective cover that will allow you to take your dog for a ride in the front seat.
Clean up the stains as they appear.
Despite all the precautions, your pets can leave stains on your car’s upholstery, so it’s very important to act quickly in order to prevent permanent damage.
- Try this 2 stage cleaning approach to get rid of major stains on your car’s seats. For stage 1 you will need a mixture of baking soda and warm water, and for stage 2 use a mixture of water, some vinegar, and dish detergent.
- There’s no need to buy costly washing agents to refresh your car seats. Use this mixture of dish soap, washing soda and hot water to clean the seats and make them smell fresh. Remember that there are different types of leather and fabric used for seat upholstery, so try any DIY washing liquids on a small piece of material first. This guide will help you learn more information about effective ways to clean different types of car upholstery with various substances and instruments.
Have you ever suffered from animals attacking your car? How did you manage to cope with it? Share your hacks in the comments below!