Mum stranded after ravenous rats ‘chew through engine’ of Ford Fiesta

A driving mum got the shock of her life when she found her car wouldn't start for the second time in two months because of hungry rats.

Karen Burkert was attempting to drive from her Huyton home to work when the 59-year-old was unable to do so.

And having checked under her bonnet of her Ford Fiesta she found that there was a family of rats living in a nest . . . again.

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The damage done by the wire-chewing rats was so bad, and the engine placement was on top of the engine, that her car refused to start and she was unable to get to the doctor's surgery she worked at.

She told the Liverpool Echo : “I tried to drive to work but the car wouldn't start and it turned out that rats had nested in the engine and chewed through wires.

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“It's the second time this has happened in two months, and it's happened before that as well. I had to walk halfway to work and then disturb my daughter to get her to take me. She has a family of her own.

“It's just frustrating, you look after your house and keep it clean, just for stuff like this to go on outside.

“There's no waste around my home or my garden, the garden is all clean and pebbled so there's nothing here to attract rats.”
According to the experts at Terminix, the only reason why rats would set up home inside a car would be for shelter.

It is possible that the unpredictable weather the country has been experiencing in recent weeks could be the catalyst for it on this occasion.

They state: “Many rats look for dark, enclosed areas when finding places to take shelter, both of which are offered under the hood of a car, and in the winter they’ll likely be looking for somewhere warm.

“More often than not, rats are targeting cars parked in rat infested areas, areas they travel in or cars that are rarely used – such as cars in storage for long periods of time.

“For this reason, certain measures should be taken specifically to protect cars in areas that rats are known to be.”

In short, the experts state that you should check that your car has no rust holes, no leftover food inside it and no other points of entry for the rodents.

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