How to Remove Bugs from a CarLou
Bugs like to hideout in our car during both the hot and cold months as a safe haven from severe weather. Termites are looking to escape the summer heat. A car that’s been left out in the snow might be a comfort to them if there are any wooden components. Roaches want to hide out from freezing temperatures. While it’s safe to say that the warm engine in your car and its body’s natural ability to enclose heat will create a comfortable environment for them, it’s not an excellent idea to ignore this problem as no one wants to ride along in their hummer and have an icky little spider or beetle crawl onto their headboard or worse body.
I like apple juice too. When it’s in a moving vehicle and in a child’s hand, it can end up all over the floor of the car. It only takes one time of the lid not being securely fastened for hell to break loose. Imagine driving your car and then all of a sudden a trail of ants climb over onto your foot and bite down like they simply can’t get nutrients from a source that isn’t human. It can cause accidents. To prevent a bug break in, let’s look at some steps we can take to properly bug proof your car.
Inspect Your Car for Bugs
It’s a good idea to inspect your car for bugs before and after going through the process to get rid of them. While most of us are aware of the problem because they crawl through the car or on us, there’s a way to test that’s almost fool proof. Put a little drop of honey in the car and hide it overnight. If there are bugs at the location, there are probably bugs hiding out in your car. Do not do this test if you are already aware of a bug problem as it could make it worse. Be sure to not leave the honey in your car for more then 24 hours.
Vacuum At Every Angle
This step is especially important if you have small kids as there are probably lots of crumbs and other foreign materials left behind after picking them up from school. You can take a Dirt Devil or other portable vacuum device and make sure that you leave your car barren of goldfish and cheeto dust that those mincing ants are attracted to. Steam cleaning might be a good option, especially if you haven’t done it in a while.
Bugs leave behind their eggs. A steam cleaner or vacuum can pick up their eggs before they hatch. This can stop the problem from spreading.
Get Car Detailed
Professional car detailing are a must have for those who have a bug problem. While car washes at your local gas station are convenient and cheaper, they do not provide you with the all around deep cleaning that the body of your car really needs with car detailing. It’s especially important to go to a car wash if you have bird poop on your car. While we think of this as a major cosmetic flaw and disgusting, you may not be aware that some bugs can be attracted to it.
You can use traps that would otherwise be for use in your home to kill bugs or induce them into leaving. Sticky traps can be used for flies. Since flies are often attracted to surfaces, the sticky tape really does kill them as they’ll land on anything. Some forms of sticky tape also come with a chemical that’s an attractive scent for them. You should be careful with pesticides as we often have children and pets in the car. If the problem is severe enough, you may need to consider having your car fumigated by a professional.
Getting Them Out is Harder Then Prevention
It’s important to keep your car clean to prevent the bug problem before it happens. If it’s already too late, the steps above should help you. We want a clean comfortable car that’s free of pests. While that isn’t difficult to achieve, we need to be aware of the steps it will take to accomplish it.