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Old 07-25-2012, 11:55 PM   #31
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I've had to repair wiring in my Tundra and my wife's Camry, and am now using the peanut butter traps.

I have a friend whose wife left her 2 year old Miata Touring edition in the garage with the door open, and they went on vacation. Upon their return, the car wouldn't start...mice had destroyed the entire wiring harness and some other select tidbits. Their homeowners insurance company totaled their car and wrote them a check.

They can be nasty.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:55 AM   #32
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Sonic thingys

These don't all work, but...

My in-laws had a critter problem in the attic for a while. Got so bad that the skittering was constant overhead.

I bought two of the plug in sonic devices (no, not a screwdriver) and hung them just over the attic access hole and closed it up. About 2am there was a parade out of the house and never again did we hear skittering overhead or in walls.

That said.

They don't work in the open and some of them don't work at all. Open spaces, several units, get rid of the food and put your dogs fur all over the corners of the garage. Enough incentive to encourage the vermin elsewhere.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:59 AM   #33
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A repellant that seems to be working for me.

2 Winters ago we had a plague of mice and still seems to be going on.

I have been using this stuff for the last 8 months to keep the mice out of my tool and parts cabinets while rebuilding the workshop in my garage. A bit pricey but seems to work great in confined areas.

Once the shop is done and the rest of the garage walls have been gutted I will return to putting out the poison and trapping in the building.

Damages so far

14 spots where AC lines passing thru studs have been chewed down to the bare conductors

9' of studded wall where mice have nested, compacted insulation to a depth of less that 3'. pee'd and pooped till it oozed out of the botton

6 nests in my K1200LT destroying the Radio and Main Wiring harness. Ouch

Still have another 47 feet of interior garage wall to strip and clean. Garage walls will not be repaneled, workshop is being isolated from garage and all stud cavities sealed. Wiring will be in conduit this time.

http://www.earth-kind.com/products/repellent/

I HATE MEECES TO PIECES.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #34
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Thanks for all the good input. Seems this thread has legs. I have been setting my snap trap nightly as well as parking with my hood open but I've caught no more rats. Also, as of today the pesky, horrible, stupid, ugly, useless...Leyland Cypress trees are gown. I'm sure all the activity and chain sawing has deterred the rodents for the time being.


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Be careful with the poisons though- we had our cat eat a mouse that at the poison and, well, they both bit the dust.
So sorry to hear about your cat. It's for this very reason I refuse to use poisons. I'm too afraid one of the dogs would get hold of a poisoned mouse or rat.

As for the LED lights, please post a pic when you can. I was thinking something like this could work. Maybe this or Barry Manilow music.

I also plan to order the earthkind repellent.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:40 PM   #35
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a friend of mine uses a 5 gal bucket w/water 3/4 full and puts black bird seed on top to float (think sunflower seeds). he places them near wood piles and has a plank for them to walk along so when they go in for the seeds they can't swim out. he catches dozens a week. i live in the woods and have pets so poisons are not on the list.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:30 PM   #36
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Wicked Pack Rats

Packrats ate the vac hoses in my wifes caddy. that was an easy back seat kill. Next day I notice a snake near the tires of the car.. Wash it off with a hose ( or so I think). Spot snake in back seat later on that afternoon eating a rat, While trying to corner snake, it gets up under the dashboard and wraps itself around a support post.

Call snake guy from sheriffs office. 5ft bull snake extracted from dashboard.. A/C still won't work on high.

Packrats like jetskis also. One got real up close and personal with a friends supercharger and built the nest right on the impeller wheel.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:49 AM   #37
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One got real up close and personal with a friends supercharger and built the nest right on the impeller wheel.
Rat-o-Matic?

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Old 08-01-2012, 04:23 PM   #38
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rid a rat

I'm buying several of these this winter ..

http://www.rid-a-rat.com/html/catalog.html


Sends ‘em packing!

Are pack rats eating the wiring of your car? If so, you have finally found a safe and effective solution for your problems!

Environmentally safe!
No more costly repair bills, and dirty messes in your engine compartment
Poison can be used to eradicate them, but that has two undesirable effects.
First, their predators, such as owls and hawks, may be poisoned in the process. That is both ecologically and environmentally unsound and self defeating Secondly, if their nest is left undisturbed, others will move in and take possession of their abandoned home.
The sonic alarms have yet to be a proven deterrent. Most of the data is anecdotal, but at least one scientific test has shown that the sonic method is questionable.
The best cure is to discourage them from nesting right from the beginning, and that is what the Rid-A-Rat unit is designed to do!
Pack rats, commonly know as Wood Rats, are prevalent in the western states and have caused millions of dollars worth of damage to homes, barns, and vehicles.

There are presently 21 living species of Wood rats occurring in a very wide range of habitats, from the edge of the Arctic Circle all the way to the tropics of Nicaragua. They occur throughout western Canada, most of the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Eight of these species reside in the United States and of those eight, five are in the state of Arizona.
Pack rats have a rat-like appearance, with large ears, long tails and large black eyes.
How do you tell a "city rat", or Old World rat, from a packrat? Packrats' tails are not naked and scaly like a city rat. Packrats have very long whiskers and a whitish or light colored neck and breast area. Yes, they may be very “cute” but that cuteness disappears quickly when you open the hood of your car and find that they have built a nest on your intake manifold.
Pack rats are nocturnal creatures that build large nests out of sticks, twigs, cactus spines and any other material they find handy. Pack rats will build nests inside barns, cabins, garages or even parked cars. Once inside cars, primarily the engine compartment, they chew on the wire insulation and create potential shorts and broken wiring. They also can cause damage to vacuum hoses and windshield washer hoses. This can be very costly to repair, running in the thousands of dollars up to having the car completely totaled.
Pack rats and roof rats in your home require a different approach. There are several excellent companies that specialize in that area.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:33 PM   #39
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Timely thread, battling fieldmice in my garage. Just ate the wiring and fusebox under the seat of my bike. Took me all week to re-do everything.

I'm doing poison, mothballs, drowning tanks, cats, snakes, nuclear weapons and Cher movies....something is gonna work.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:00 AM   #40
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Update

Now I have discovered the rats also chewed through the windshield fluid line on car number two as well.

So it seems they definitely go for the water source of the wiper fluid. I may just keep mine on empty for now. Hopefully, the chemical content of the fluid killed the rat bastards.

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:06 AM   #41
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commercial rat baits from a propper pest controller, its strong shit, and the beauty is, it dehydrates them, so they seek out water, and die. so go away to die.

that or a 410 shot gun and patience
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:32 AM   #42
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that or a 410 shot gun and patience
Tried that.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:47 AM   #43
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Now I have discovered the rats also chewed through the windshield fluid line on car number two as well.

So it seems they definitely go for the water source of the wiper fluid. I may just keep mine on empty for now. Hopefully, the chemical content of the fluid killed the rat bastards.

You know there is an abandoned house across the road from me, the interior is literally covered with mice and packrat shit. Don't know how many mice I caught this year as they are moving down....LOTS!

I baited the house with dishes of used antifreeze with blobs of bacon fat in it. They seem to have gone for that.....!

Been away for a month....hopefully no packrat moved in the shop or mice in the tool chest. Both sure make a mess.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:59 PM   #44
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You know there is an abandoned house across the road from me, the interior is literally covered with mice and packrat shit. Don't know how many mice I caught this year as they are moving down....LOTS!

I baited the house with dishes of used antifreeze with blobs of bacon fat in it. They seem to have gone for that.....!

Been away for a month....hopefully no packrat moved in the shop or mice in the tool chest. Both sure make a mess.
Use Golden Malrin fly bait mixed with Coca-Cola in a dish. They'll be dead within 50 feet. Works on coons and possums, too.
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #45
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robot cats with lazers then, the way of the future of rat control
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