5 Ways to Manage Roaches in a Rental Car

TIPS TO MANAGE ROACHES IN A RENTAL CAR

Many people prefer renting cars to using taxi cabs or public transport systems as it gives them freedom and flexibility when traveling. But while a rental car allows flexibility on a trip, it can sometimes add a measure of complications to the journey – like finding out the car is infested with roaches and the company is unwilling to take responsibility.

Tips to manage cockroaches in a rental car

Cockroaches are one of the most popular disease carrying pests. They leave saliva and excrement which can cause dysentery, diarrhea and are a threat to getting childhood asthma. The fact that they are ubiquitous in nature and very resilient is no help either as it makes getting rid of them almost impossible, however, in this article, Nkem Ndem of Jovago.com offers 5 tips to manage roaches in a rental car.

How to clear off roaches in a rental car

1). Fumigate

The first step to make the moment you find out your car is ridden with roaches is to fumigate. You can do this by dusting the interior with boric acid powder, using other insecticides or employing an exterminator to handle the process. It is less tedious and more economical to use the boric acid powder though, you just need to make sure you apply the powder in every nook and cranny.

2). Park in clean surroundings

Sometimes the rental company is not responsible for the roach infestation. Most times, insects find their way into the vehicle through holes and crevices under car and through the engine, so, it is important to watch where you park the car while using it. Avoid parking next to dust bins or refuse dumps, local market places, and generally areas with unclean environment.

3). Do not eat in the car

Have you ever been in a car, and the moment you start to eat maybe a wrap of Sharwarma or a burger, roaches start to pop out from every corner?

Do not eat in the car as this can invite roaches

Roaches may be blind, but their sense of smell is sharp, and they are attracted to the smell of food. Wherever food and water are easy to find, roaches will invite themselves to lunch. So, the best way to cancel their reservations and get rid of them is by adopting a ‘no-food-in-the-car” policy.

4). Use the AC

Unknown to a lot of people, cockroaches prefer warm environments or places with hot air. They barely survive in cold room temperatures. So, in cases where you find your car being occupied by these vermin, you may want to use your air conditioner to expel them – especially at nights, as the cockroaches are nocturnal and naturally prefer to roam about at night.

5). Set sticky traps

This is a cleaner and less laborious way to get rid of the roaches. Insects like to congregate in dark corners within the car and these are areas sticky traps can reach.

Roach traps are a clean way of getting rid of cockroaches from your rental car

These traps help you accomplish two things. First, you are able to get a better look at the species of roaches that have infested your car, that way you can identify how best to get rid of them. And second, you get an idea which parts of the car are “high traffic” areas for the cockroaches and vacuum clean these places often.

Also read: For Women: 8 Things to Throw Out of Your Bag When Travelling

Author Bio
Ndem Nkem is a Travel/Tech Writer with Jovago Nigeria, the acclaimed 'Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal'. You can link up with her on Twitter @ndemv; or on Skype: live:nkemndemv

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