There could be many reasons for storing a vehicle: weather change, travel, needs work, etc. If you are planning to store a vehicle, there are several things you should consider before storing and walking away.
There are many, many creatures in our desert that would find your stored vehicle to be a wonderful refuge. In our recent move, we were thrilled to find that Black Widow spiders had turned our ’68 Camaro into a hotel of sorts. At this point the car is just a shell, basically, so the main precaution we took was in making sure the elements stayed out. In other words, there was a large tarp covering the glass/main body of the car. We hoped that during the transit across town, we would lose most of them. After arriving at our new home, we found that some had tried to escape into the new environment to build new homes. Let’s just say they met our new bug man and decided they were not for this world. We highly recommend Rigo Pest to protect your home from such evil. (My wife suffers from arachnophobia. Even the tiniest spiders are evil.)
If you live in the foothills or on the outskirts of the city, other creatures will likely be a concern. Packrats are a huge problem when it comes to storing you vehicles. They love to crawl into the tightest spaces and use whatever they can to make a comfy home for themselves. Usually they make quick work of tearing up and removing the wiring from it’s proper spaces. They will use just about anything to build and insulate the walls of their new abode. They will just make a horrible and possibly costly mess. We had a client last year who ended up with cactus as the preferred decoration/insulation of the unwanted inhabitant. The vehicle had been sitting for so long that the packrat had filled most of the interior of the vehicle with the cactus.
You can help prevent creatures from finding your vehicle as an inviting space with some simple actions:
1) If you intend to park your vehicle in a garage, know that a packrat only needs an opening the size of a nickel to make entry. If your home is located in an area where you are aware of their existence, you will want to make sure that your garage is properly sealed. This will help to protect your home as well as your vehicles.
2) Avoid providing an invitation by keeping the area clear of things that could be construed as hiding places. These guys are not exactly at the top of the food chain. Finding places with easy access for them, but not their would-be predators is a must for survival. If you park your vehicle and then surround it with boxes, barrels, yard tools, etc.; you are giving them a “green light” to Hide Here! You want to make sure there is as much open space on all sides of the vehicle as possible.
3) Keeping vegetation clear is another important factor. You want to make sure that low-growing plants are maintained, and its best if you have a clear view under and all of the way around them.
4) Being aware of your surroundings is your most important action, especially if you are storing the vehicle outside. Droppings and cactus pieces are an indicator that you may have an issue.
If you already have them on your property, your best bet is going to be to remove as many of them and their nests as you can before you store your vehicle. Prevention is definitely easier (and cheaper) than cleaning up the mess later.