Rats! Under the hood!

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

  1. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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  2. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Thats it. They come in a larger size, mine are both mouse size. I believe Harbor freight sells a Chinese version too.
    I''ve had these for years and have emptied out a PILE! of mice at times when they were placed in an area that you couldn't smell them in decay process.Common to have to take a stick & sort of dig the bodies out! This is not to say we have lots of mice but rather to say they work well over a period of time. If it was in your home you'd smell them quickly.We live in the woods & they come to food or shelter. I just hose them out and reload PB on the touch pad. If we get a mouse in the house that's one of those hard to catch fellers with a small spring trap, I'll enlist one of the boxes on a piece of newspaper and usually takes 1-2 days.
    I researched the electronic gizmos & don't feel they are really worth a try after my web reading.I did get on a "lifetime" junkmail list of the mfg's ! We have a log house & the bats cause too much noise for some upstairs sleepers so I gave them a hard look.
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  3. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Check out post #59 on the PineSol thread. Apparently rodents don't like
    the smell of Pine Sol.
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  4. H96669

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    Or bleach...or laundry softener...or bounce sheets...or quick lime but all temporary at best.:wink:

    Darn shop smells like dead mice, got a couple big fat ones when I was away.:puke1 Dammit, just about hit one with the bike on the road today but avoidance conditioning took over.:lol3

    I noticed lots of garter snakes around lately.....GOOD!:clap
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  5. walkingbear

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    We have a family of 3 Harris hawks flying around the last few months.
    They seem to like it here and I haven't seen too many rabbits or rats .

    I think I might build them a nest in one of the cactus.
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  6. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    Christ, Cher movies ? that's really despicable !
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  7. kenbob

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    Here in NW Montana - we are plagued by Pack Rats - miserable , stinkin , pissin things !!
    We trap em , fight em , shoot em - wage war on them all the time .

    One thing that does seem to help ......is to leave the hood open , or just up halfway .

    Seems to help . I'm in the logging business and we always are on the lookout for the little bastards . I hate em .

    This little trick does help tho ...... Good Luck
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  8. BADDAD

    BADDAD " Bitter Clinger "

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    I'll tell you what you DONT want to do with a pack rat. Tell your 12 yr old son to get his pellet gun and shoot it while you hold the flashlight.

    He shoots the rat and it jumps and flips and then runs across the garage floor leaving a trail of blood behind him and then jumps up into my wifes XC90. Two hours of searching on, in, under, under the hood, everywhere we could think we lost his blood trail on the passenger side right behind the right front fender.

    I was at a loss for where he could have gone untill he started to smell, then it was fairly easy to figure out where his death bed was. I had to pull the weather stripping that runs on top of the rocker panel beneath the doors and then I had to pop all the little clips that hold the plastic panel on and pull it nearly off the car to extract his rotten little body.

    We cleaned everything with bleach and hot water and I hoped that would be the end of it, no such luck.
    It has been two weeks and that car still stinks. Any tips on odor removal???
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  9. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Charcoal absorbs smells. Wrap some in a bit of pantyhose and leave it near the source.
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  10. The Shifty Jesus

    The Shifty Jesus Adventurer

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    Cue the Ted Nugent
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  11. the_gr8t_waldo

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    i've been plagued with squirrel problems this fall..and i've found that leaving the hood open goes a long way in discouraging rodents from nesting. it seems that they don't like it to be open above their nests..something to do with predators flying over and picking off an easy dinner. leaving the hood open has moved them elsewhere.now all i have to do is repaire the vacume hoses they have eaten. i can atest that moth balls have no effect. my traping them have reduced the number of 'em that i see around here
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  12. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    To the great disarray of my German neighbor I don't shoot the squirrels. :wink:Mind you I was away for a month and there seems to be less of them. Maybe this guy has something to do with it.....!:lol3

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    Hoo woo! Today has turned out to be a red letter day! Two squirrels captured and exiled to the nicer side of town. They all come out of the trap like scalded..well, squirrels! I feel great!!!
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    Honda auto dealers have a 3M electrical tape that is rodent-resistant/repellent.
    It is p/n 4019-2317. It is aluminum tape with capsaicin.
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  16. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    When my dad had that problem, I bought a bottle of the most powerful hot sauce I could find and painted the wiring with it. That solved the problem.
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  17. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    :lol3Hot Sauce...Tabasco works good as penetrating fluid. Bosun used to come and swipe my bottle when he had stuck deck plugs. Stuff is full of vinegar.

    Packrat moving in.....dammit! Them sure shit a lot.:eek1

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    That's OK.....little surprise for him in the pipe.:lol3 Too bad the mouse got there first last night, that's why the live trap is there.What's in the pipe is overkill for a mouse but sure got me a fat one. That also works good the box trap....kleenex dipped in bacon fat as bait. Maple Leaf bacon EH!:wink:

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