Rumor: Rats Eat Cars on the Upper West Side?

Rumor: Rats Eat Cars on the Upper West Side?

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 14, 2008

A colleague had to take her car into get fixed over the weekend. The problem, she found out, had to do with the wiring, which had been eaten out by rats. She and her husband park their car on Riverside Drive. The mechanic said that this was a common problem: rats crawling out of Riverside park and into car engines, eating up the wiring. Yuck. He also had a solution....


Good, smelly mothballs will repel the rats from wanting to make a home in your car. You take mothballs, wrap them tight and attach them to the bottom of the engine mounts (four corners). The rats will remove the mothballs if left loose, so you need to tie them down.

Good luck!

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