Bunnies are attacking cars at the Denver International Airport, invading large parking lots, and causing hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage. The invasion of bunnies at Denver’s International Airport has security officials puzzled. While it is known what the bunnies are after, the warmth under the hood of cars and the soy-based coating of ignition cables, it is unclear how to defend the cars at the Denver International Airport against such a bunny attack.
According to a Feb. 16, 2013, NBC News report, “Although officials have been removing 100 rabbits from the area every month, the damage continues.”
Wiley Faris, a spokesman for the Arapahoe Autotek repair center which is located near the Denver International Airport explained to officials that the bunnies are attacking the cars because they like the warmth that the recently driven cars are providing. The bunnies also “find that many of the materials used for coating ignition cables are soy-based, and the rabbits find that quite tasty."
San Diegan’s know the story of bunnies attacking cars all too well. Except in San Diego, it is not bunnies that are attacking cars but rats. And San Diego’s rats do not limit themselves to cars at the airport but cars that are parked anywhere; especially right in front of people’s houses.
Like the car drivers who return to their cars at the Denver International Airport, San Diego’s drivers find out about the animal attack once a car won’t start or once a car won’t run as well because the wires are all chewed up.
A trip to the auto repair shop usually results in an auto mechanic showing a car owner chewed up cables, animal poop, and, in San Diego, even brought in rat food and nesting materials from the outside.
After spending hundreds of dollars in repair costs due to a bunny or rat attack, the first line of defense against a future critter attack should be clear. Unfortunately, it is not.
In Denver, officials are trying to defend the cars against the bunny attack by using special fencing, installing perches for bunny predators like hawks and eagles, and by applying coyote urine on the wires under the hood.
In San Diego, car owners are trying to defend their cars against rat attacks by using moth balls, spreading pepper under the hood, or leaving the hood open so there won’t be a warm place for rats to hide and build their nests.
Wiley Faris’ advice for dealing with the bunnies attack at the Denver International Airport is to use “Predator urine is a good deterrent. Either coyotes or foxes. And you can pick it up at any professional hunting shop.”
Since rabbits are still attacking cars at the Denver International Airport and rats are still attacking cars in front of people’s homes in San Diego, the case of the attacking critters is still open.
Desperate help is needed. Other than installing a radar device to detect these attacking critters, does anyone have a more successful rabbit or rat defense advice?