Rats! Under the hood!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Porkchop316, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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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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  2. Porkchop316

    Porkchop316 Patent pending

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    Tried that.
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  3. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    :lol3 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.....!:wink:

    Been away for a month....hopefully no packrat moved in the shop or mice in the tool chest. Both sure make a mess.:eek1
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  4. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    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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  5. Storm Shadow

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    robot cats with lazers then, the way of the future of rat control
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  6. Racer111v

    Racer111v Been here awhile

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    The Toyota rep told my friend it's very common. Part of the Prius "green" package is vegetable based wire insulation. Rodents think of it as a salad harness....
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  7. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    Tried teh bothballs in the shed one winter. Thought it worked till I cam in at night and shined a flashlight up to the rafter, and saw a squirrle sitting there playing with one of the mothballs.

    Then I tried 22 shorts... that worked GREAT!
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  8. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Nothing I want to pay for....not my abandoned house!:eek1
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  9. Porkchop316

    Porkchop316 Patent pending

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    Hey walkingbear, this looks interesting. Have you seen it firsthand? Someone earlier here mentioned flashing lights from the local ACE hardware store. Sounds like this is an amped up version of that.
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  10. Porkchop316

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    Picked up the ACE Hardware flashers. They are cheap and easy to mount or place almost anywhere. Also got the EarthKind smelly stuff. As a bonus it sweetens up the shop as well. All of this, along with cutting the trees, seems to have helped.

    I have no doubt the saga will continue.
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  11. Storm Shadow

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    ironically, my friends fancy brand new holden commodore ute, limited edition thunder wank wank thing, had an air bag light come on, being only a few months old, she took it to the dealership.

    you need a complete new wiring harness, a few grand, not covered under warrantee, rats have chewed all your wiring harness up. she asked for pics, and their are distinct chew marks, all through the wiring, through outer sleeve covers etc.

    she isnt happy.
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  12. LBourque

    LBourque G/S nut

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    Got em here in N. AZ as well. Leave the hood open. Now that the mesquite trees are dropping pods like crazy I'm on the hunt for mice and rats. Traps,poison,buckets,dogs and anything to stop them from making a home. Chewed through a wiring harness already.
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  13. H96669

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    Been away for a month, mice moved back in the shop.Dammit...smart ones also, already released 4 traps and ate the dog food/bait. Water bucket and baited empty roll of TP on the string comes out tonight.I'll catch the whole family...:evil
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  14. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Rodents have been chewing on wires long before "green" was a thing. I had a no-start one day in the early 1970's on my 2002 model BMW and found the harness at the firewall chewed into-right at entry point-hard to repair too.
    In my shop I've found that the "stick type" bait works best as they eat it where I throw it(back under stuff & along walls) rather than the smaller bits which they carry all over & store for later. I never nail it to a board & they eat it ,stink for a few days & die. The sticky traps are a waste if you are generating any filth in your shop as the just pick up junk and the don't work. If you have'nt noticed the government in it's infinite wisdom has decreed that you must now buy the poison in 4# or larger amounts! I paid like $17 for a bucket last week, whereas I used to buy the yellow,corn based sticks for like $3-4 per 6/8 long sticks. The farm supply guy said he thinks the govt is trying to favor a big donor as it's obviously not safer to have the poison you don't use laying around for a kid to get into.
    Chipmunks under our hoods carry acorns in there but don't seem to knaw on anything else.
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  15. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Check your flux capacitor, Doc:lol3
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  16. kantuckid

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    it was a 1969 year model BMW model 2002 -it was a typo folks... now back to rat poison!
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  17. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

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    About 15 years ago, the electronic repellers worked for my house. I had mice aplenty, and some rats occasionally. Bought 6 of the plug-in ultrasonic thingys and within a month or two they moved out and never ever never came back. Down to two of them still plugged in.

    You can get them at your local homeworld type store. If there's a plug in the attic for your furnace, definitly plug one in there too.
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  18. kantuckid

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    I will add this note on what works: those galvanized boxes with the paddle wheel flipper inside will catch mice like you've never seen! I have them in an outside basement area where we used to store firewood under a porch & have emptied as many as 5-6 mouse corpses at a time! Hose them out and rebait with a dollop of peanut butter on the touch pad.
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  19. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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  20. Porkchop316

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    Kantuckid, is this what you are talking about? Never heard of this but I'm sure willing to try it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Kness-101-0-006-Ketch-All-Mousetrap/dp/B00004RA4D
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