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New Soy-Based Wiring Attracting Rats

Megan Pinneo

Rat caught in the act of chewing through wires in an engine compartment. (AP Photo:

Rat caught in the act of chewing through wires in an engine compartment. (AP Photo:

     Early February, Forbes Magazine published an article stating that several car companies are experiencing problems with using soy-based wiring in newer cars. This has effected automobile brands such as Honda, Volvo, Mazda and Toyota.
    While older cars are often swapped out for newer vehicles that offer better fuel efficiency and meet the emission standards required by state, many are realizing that older cars are not being effected by the rats. 
    "Some newer model cars use materials like soy that are more biodegradable than plastics. It’s all part of an effort to make car parts more environmentally-friendly" (Dunne, 2017). While intentions are good,  dealerships are finding that the environmentally friendly wiring is attracting rodents in both rural and suburban communities, causing more harm than good. 
     Have you purchased a new car recently? It wouldn't hurt to take it into the nearest dealership and inquire if the new soy-based wires are covered by the warranty. You will thank us later!



Dunne, M.J. (2017, February 19). Rats! New Cars' Soy-Coated Wires Give Rodents Plenty to Chew On. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved from

WFTV.Com. (2016, December 20). Florida woman sues Toyota for rodent chewed wires. Fox25 WFXT. Retrieved from



House VS. Mouse

Megan Pinneo

Types of Rodents

There are three common types of Rodents that can be identified by a Professional through a Pest Inspection.

House Mouse

  • Dusty Gray in color.
  • Range from 2.5 -4 inches in length.
  • Dwell in cluttered areas, such as closets.
  • Feeds on cereal, nuts, and seeds.
House Mouse

House Mouse

Norway Rat

  • Aka Brown Rat is grayish/ brown in color.
  • Range from 7- 10 inches in length.
  • Borrow in soil, found in sewers, basements and lower portions of homes.
  • Feed on cockroaches, seeds, fruits, meats, grains and shrimp.
Norway Rat

Norway Rat

Roof Rats

  • Black to brownish/ gray in color.
  • Range from 7- 10 inches in length.
  • Found in upper portions of homes such as attics and ceilings.
  • Consume fruits, meats, seeds and eggs.
Roof Rat

Roof Rat

Rodent Damage

Rodents harbor and transport parasites such as Salmonella, Lyme Disease and Hantavirus, none of which you want a loved one or yourself to contract.  In addition to the harboring of diseases Mice also can cause costly damage to your home.  Mice can chew through electrical wiring, wood work and insulation.  There are three most common types of Mice that can be identified through a Pest Inspection.

Rodent Runway

The Runway is not just for Models they are used by Rats as well. Runways are repeated pathways used by Rats.  When looking for these Runways things you may look for are; grease marks along the walls from the Rodent's hair, fecal matter or urine may also be along the pathway. In addition use your ears and listen for the constant squeaks, chewing, and digging of these damage causing Pests.

At Black Knight Pest Control there are several options that are available in Rodent Control. Ask about Tree Wraps and Rodent Exclusions today!