Rats! Under the hood!

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  1. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    Just a tidbit of data.

    Dog food tends to have loads of Vitamin K... Which happens to be the antidote for rat poison, which usually causes bleeding when consumed in any quantity.

    So when you have bunches of dog food around, Rats/Mice Won't die from common poisons.

    Good to know.
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  2. redirt

    redirt Been here awhile

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    $2800 in new wiring for a 2012 Prius after rats chewed on some wires. Rat's nest in the truck (1995 toyota) airbox after 2 weeks, the tunnel is exactly the right size for a brown rat to cruise thru..:becca
    We've used electric traps with success (easy to clean), use rat repellent (predator scent stuff) and I keep the vehicles as far as possible from any food source. Make sure there's no food inside the vehicle, I try to not eat inside my cars for that exact reason. I hate those fucking rats :gun2
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  3. S2P

    S2P Been here awhile

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    I use some poison bait called Enforcer,it comes in little blocks. You make a base out of wood with a finish nail in the center and stack a couple on it. It forces them to eat the bait at the station and not take it away to store it. They also told me it works faster if you put some water "bowls" near the bait station. I hide them around the barn and garage and refill as needed. They smell sweet to me and to my bird dog,so I make sure to get them under/behind something so she can't get to them,just in case she would get out of the kennel. I haven't had any damage since using,but sometimes find droppings here and there, usually when the weather changes.
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  4. dirtrulz

    dirtrulz Been here awhile

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    My father in law actually took the time to build a four wire electric fence around his supra when it was in storage. Funniest thing I have ever seen, it did work though, no mice in his car and no moth ball smell. I guess he actually found a couple of dead mice.
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  5. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Been here awhile

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    I was working for a contractor in the local Meals on Wheels distribution center. We were tearing up old gymnasium flooring to put in a new cooler, and the company wanted the old flooring saved. So we used the freight elevator to take it up to the third floor and store it over in an empty corner. When the elevator door opened, you could see the rats crawling all over the boxes of cookies and other foodstuff on the pallets. When I get old, I am not eating anything from the Meals on Wheels people. Canned dog food for me please.
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  6. redirt

    redirt Been here awhile

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    That is awesome!:clap I like my rats fried, they're easy to remove.
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  7. urbanXJ

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    Snakes!
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  8. ktm360mx

    ktm360mx Stone Cold Puppy Pa

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    I have the same problems too- rats and mice get into the RV and I can't seem to stop them either. They come from the barn and field and are relentless.

    Poisons work the best- seems to thin them out and then the peanut butter traps do the rest in the RV.

    Be careful with the poisons though- we had our cat eat a mouse that at the poison and, well, they both bit the dust. We got a heeler puppy and the dog has an affinity for catching mice. She has a new one at the barn every day, but we had to stop using the poisons.


    Good Luck!
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  9. lifer

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    I live in the woods also. I have not had a problem with rats but mice and chipmunks have been relentless. The first winter I stored my rv under a canopy behind the house I was getting 7 or 8 mice a week out of the rv with traps. The chipers were everywhere and did a lot of damage to things around the yard. I still use traps but I had to revert to poison to get them under control. I have been using poison now for 3 years. The first year I went through 15 lbs of poison. The second year I went through 5 lbs and now I use maybe 2 lbs a year. To keep my 8 lb yorki out of the poison I made a cage for it and put it under the rv on the ground. I took a 24x24 in. piece of plywood then screwed a spray paint lid to the middle of it to make a bowl for the poison. Then I took a mike crate and covered it with chichen wire and set that over the plywood with the bowl in the middle.. To keep the mike crate centered I used drywall screws in the plywood , 2 on each side of the mike crate and left them sticking up about 3/4 of an inch so the chippers could not drag the crate to one side. I finished this off by putting 2 landscape blocks on top of the mike crate so the racoons could not flip the mike crate off the top of the plywood.

    This setup has worked well for me and now I can leave for 3 to 4 weeks at a time and there is ussually still some poison left when I get back. This past winter I did not get one mouse in my traps that I have set inside the rv. I do not even hear a chipper now when I go out in the back yard. I will warn you that if you do not use poison for 3 months they will be back just as bad as before. Don't ask me how I know. I do not want them dieing inside the rv so that is why I put in on the ground under it and that has worked well for me. Good luck
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  10. walkingbear

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    My ACE hardware store is selling rat proof LED lighting that is
    under the hood. Flashes every 3 seconds. Rats like darkness and the
    flashing light will drive them crazy. I'm getting 10 for my cars and motorcycles.

    I will get a picture of one in the morning.
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  11. Brooktown Geezer

    Brooktown Geezer scooter guy

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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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  12. Tmaximusv

    Tmaximusv Been here awhile

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    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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  13. JoeK.

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    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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  14. Porkchop316

    Porkchop316 Patent pending

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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.


    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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  15. sierraoffroad

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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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  16. CPJetski.com

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    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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  17. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    Rat-o-Matic?

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  18. walkingbear

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    I'm buying several of these this winter ..

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

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  19. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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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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  20. Porkchop316

    Porkchop316 Patent pending

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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.

    :norton
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