I Smell a RAT!!

Today I will share something very personal with you.  Throughout my life, I have experienced
numerous trials and tribulations. God has seen fit to regulary test my determination, but
mostly my sense of humor.  But one incident was near too much to bear.  I
share this with you in hopes that you can learn from my mistakes and avoid ever
having to go through what I went through.
So let’s begin at the beginning.  I have children, quite a few of them.  We do soccer and baseball and track and all
of the glorious activities associated with the small humans.  I also have the perfunctory minivan to
transport the aforementioned small humans hither and yon.  Along with the van, and the activities, there
is the possibility that certain drinks and snacks may have littered the back
rows of my perfunctory minivan without my knowledge.  There is also the possibility that once
beaten and bedraggled by the transporting and the feeding and the associated
household management duties, that I may not have adequately surveyed the rear
rows for refuse.  But in my defense, the
aforementioned small humans are of an age that they should have been held
responsible for their own refuse and its’ removal from my perfunctory
minivan.  Okay, we are now all caught
up.

So, one day, when I turn on the ignition to the perfunctory minivan, I notice
that the wind shield wipers stand up at attention, without being
activated.  Hhhmmmnnn…?  I wiggle and turn the controller in an attempt
to have them return to their “at ease” status.
No cigar.  I get out of the minivan, walk over and attempt to manually move them back to the “at ease”
status, nada.  Annoying as it is, I push this problem aside and do my normal routine.
Another day, I note that there is a strange noise coming from my air
conditioning vents, like something is rattling in side of them.  Great.
Then I see an air bag light blink on in my dashboard.  Long story short, to the dealership with you
perfunctory minivan!

There was no more shining a moment then when I had to listen
to a technician return to tell me that rodents that had moved into my van.  YES, MOVED IN!  They were nesting in my vents.  They had chewed through wires and hoses and computer sensors.  After $3,000 dollars
in repairs, I donated the van to my husband and am now driving an extended bed
double cab truck that I am unable to park without glares from bystanders. Too
bad, they’ll get over it.

So what I am here to tell you is what you do NOT want are
RATS in you VAN!  It will forever more be known as the Rat Mobile to friends and stranger alike.  To keep rats
out of your van, there are natural rodent repellents that are available from
most pest control sites.  The rodent
repellents are safe for your family and your pets.  They work by blocking the rodent’s sense of
smell and last approximately 3 months.
The small investment that you will make for these rodent repellents will
far outweigh the stress and anxiety that you will have should rodents take
refuge in your vehicle.  Instead of having
to GET the rodents out, these rodent repellants will KEEP them from ever
getting in.  Oh yeah, and don’t forget to
check your backseats for rat snacks.

Monica Bird (922 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.


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