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Old 09-08-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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Rodents in the engine bay while storing- HELP PLEASE!!

I keep my Prism 2150 covered by in an open garage that is near a field. I recently started getting rats in the engine. First time, they made nest from any wires they could chew up, along with leaves and trash. Pooped all over the place and destroyed my ambient temp sensor and DEF monitoring system. Not cheap to fix.

I placed moth balls all over the engine bay and they came back and did it again. Same wires chewed. I even got a little speaker system that is supposed to emit a sound that repels the rats (Doesn't work).

I placed a lot of rat poison which is eaten daily- although the wires aren't being chewed. On Friday, I placed some glue traps and found a big rat there that was stuck, but managed to free himself when I opened the hood.

Today- there was fur on the glue traps- no rat. Poop and rat pee everywhere. Don't know what to do now- thinking about getting some kind of barn cat as a solution. Anyone else have another solution that I'm not thinking about?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:00 AM   #2
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Give up on the glue traps and get yours self some old fashion Rat Traps sore of like old mouse traps only larger. Bait them with some peanut butter and you will kill the rats. A barn cat would be a so so proposition since only some cats will take on a rat they prefer the smaller and easier to kill mouse.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:16 AM   #3
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I use this to chase all kinds of varmints, from squirrels to woodchucks and mice from my barn... I have several

http://www.amazon.com/Victor-M792-He...tor+electronic
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:40 AM   #4
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I keep my Prism 2150 covered by in an open garage that is near a field. I recently started getting rats in the engine. First time, they made nest from any wires they could chew up, along with leaves and trash. Pooped all over the place and destroyed my ambient temp sensor and DEF monitoring system. Not cheap to fix.

I placed moth balls all over the engine bay and they came back and did it again. Same wires chewed. I even got a little speaker system that is supposed to emit a sound that repels the rats (Doesn't work).

I placed a lot of rat poison which is eaten daily- although the wires aren't being chewed. On Friday, I placed some glue traps and found a big rat there that was stuck, but managed to free himself when I opened the hood.

Today- there was fur on the glue traps- no rat. Poop and rat pee everywhere. Don't know what to do now- thinking about getting some kind of barn cat as a solution. Anyone else have another solution that I'm not thinking about?

Thanks in advance.
Look up 5 gal. bucket mouse trap on you tube. You seem to mention rats. So, up the size of your drowning chamber. Believe me, it is a better mouse (rat) trap.

P.S. rats swim, so mix RV antifreeze in their swimming pool, they love it, provides a year round trap use, and it is much better, and safer for the enviroment. Just sayin'
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:43 AM   #5
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My vote is for the old fashioned traps with peanut butter as bait.

As a preventive measure, I seem to have good luck by spreading "Bounce" dryer sheets around ---- I guess they don't like that smell. But, even though they seem to leave my stuff alone, they're still around in the near vicinity somewhere.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:56 AM   #6
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Bucket trap worked on youtube I might put one of these in my barn the rats have eaten my wires before also.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:03 AM   #7
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Look, you will SH## your pants when you see the first bucket full, i'm dead serious. What I found is mice are extremely delicate eaters, so just putting a narrow band of peanut butter in the middle of the bottle/can makes them reach out to get a morsel, then they fall into the swimming pool.

P.S. read up on drier sheets, makes great nesting material. Also, regarding moth balls. In order for them to work 100% of the time on mice (have no rat expierence) you need to encase the protected item in an air proof enviroment, increasing the toxicity, with the moth balls inside. That creates an extremely toxic enviroment for them, causing them to move on to the next "chew". I say, give em a nice sweet tasting swimming pool!
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SURE - INVITE THE STUPID ONES IN FOR A FREE DINNER AND LET THEM GET SNAPPED AND ROT, WHILE THE REMAINING ONES FEAST ON THE SPOILS OF WAR.

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TRIED THE MOTH BALLS.
if they would work for mice and rats wouldn't you thnk they would be called rat and mice balls... they are for moths.
bounce dryer sheets - best used in the dryer.

I use this product in our trailers - no rodents... i use it in our garage... no rodents.
the same people who claim the other solutions work ... in some cases they are the same persons that claim they have never had a power surge in their unit either.
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Smile Lighting helps!

I have a string of flashing Christmas lights laid on the ground around my coach. I have them on a dusk to dawn timer so they come on automatically, and have not had a rodent problem since.
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last name isn't Griswold by chance?

and if you have snow on the ground it illuminates the driveway for snow blowing as well.
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