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Old 04-17-2019, 04:06 AM
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What the hell? I checked under the bonnet this evening, and found this. It's not as if I leave my car for weeks or months at a time, or don't open the bonnet at least once a week. These are clearly teeth marks. And poop. The animal pooped inside my car! The actual wire itself hasn't been gnawed through, just the rubber cover, but I still think it's best to replace it sooner rather than later.




How the hell did a rat or mouse get up there, and why did it chew on the rubber? And what can I do to stop this sort of thing in the future? Coat the rubber in cat urine?
 

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Old 04-17-2019, 04:29 AM
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Damn rodents, I live in the country on an acreage with loads of mice. I always leave my bonnet up to prevent them getting comfortable in the engine bay. The cat is useless he brings them in not takes them out.
 
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:33 AM
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I'm in the city. No acreage, no fields, nothing. Where the hell would the rodents come from? That's what flummoxes me.
If I can find the set of leads I bought that didn't fit due to having the wrong-shaped ends for the spark plugs, I might be lucky enough to be able to fit the coil lead at least. God knows where I put those leads, mind....
 

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Bugga.

Yep, cats are basically useless, and the mice/rats know it.

We run a trail of diesel fuel around the cars in the storage shed, and that has so far worked, and there are rodents in there, trust me.

A 12 gauge at 20 paces does wonders also, gotta watch the paint work however.

Some of that "silicon rubber" is sweet to them, hence the attack.
 
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:46 AM
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I just hope the rubber gave him a bad case of indigestion. He certainly left enough of it scattered over the dizzy cap, forcing me to carefully remove as much as I could with disposable chopsticks.
 
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Nobody is ever further than 10 yards away from a Rat SD! I have a sonic deterrent in my garage, but in the open, as for example my pickup, this is what I do:
  • Place a plastic container somewhere in the engine bay and wire it in place. Put about an inch of washing powder in the bottom, and place rat poison sachets on that.
  • place super sticky rat-catching pads in the engine bay. use double-sided Sellotape to hold them in place
Believe it or not these work. Any HT lead will do pro-tem, by the way.
 

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Old 04-17-2019, 05:21 AM
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Wait, there's room in the engine bay for a plastic container?!
I presume this container would be removed while driving. I've never heard of rat-catching pads, but I might see if they exist over here. I've never seen a rat here, nor seen rat damage here in 25 years. Cockroachs, yes. Loads You're never further than ten feet from a cockroach in Japan. But rats are a real surprise.
 
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No, leave the container in place. Loads of places for a 2 inch square plastic box. These are the boys
https://www.pest-expert.com/rat-glue...-pack-92-p.asp
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I have heard that dryer sheets repel mice. Put a bunch in the cabin, engine bay, and trunk.
 
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While stationed in Germany one of my officers lived on the economy. He had a horrid issue with his BMW and several times the wires were severed. His problem was Martins that could go through the wire. The solution was a spray that BMW sold which was called IIRC "Anti-Marter schutz" (anti Martin Spray). It worked perfectly. Not sure if it is available elsewhere.
 
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Thanks for the comments and suggestions, everyone. I'll see what options are available over here.
 
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Originally Posted by AJ16er View Post
I have heard that dryer sheets repel mice. Put a bunch in the cabin, engine bay, and trunk.
The dryer softener sheets work.
 
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Originally Posted by Coventry Foundation View Post
While stationed in Germany one of my officers lived on the economy. He had a horrid issue with his BMW and several times the wires were severed. His problem was Martins that could go through the wire. The solution was a spray that BMW sold which was called IIRC "Anti-Marter schutz" (anti Martin Spray). It worked perfectly. Not sure if it is available elsewhere.
Just googled it! Astonishingly, it exists and seems to work.
 
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i use the ventilated moth ball bags , two in front on the ground and two in back, so far seems to work because some times there is mice droppings near building door, but never in the car!
i have expensive leather seats ,knock on wood never had a problem. rodents have been known to like real leather!
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Thanks for all the additional advice and suggestions. I like the idea of a spray-on repellent, and there's something somewhat similar I believe I can get hold of here. Dryer sheets are also an easy, cheap solution--I assume they exist here. I only ever air-dry my laundry.
I checked again this morning, and there appears to be no new damage, and I cannot see any sign of nibbling on any other hoses or wires. I suspect it happened up at the university carpark, not home, as the university carpark is surrounded by forested hillside and I generally park as close to the trees as possible to keep the sun off as much as possible. I may rethink this strategy....
 
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I'm glad I live in a place that is rat free!
https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...banish-the-rat
 

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Pet rats forbidden? Pity. As a child, our family had some pet rats. Samuel Whiskers and Anna-Marie, who were very friendly things. Loved to ride on our shoulders. Only sometimes gnawed on the carpet and woodwork..... So I was always disposed to look on Ratatouille with a friendly eye. Not sure now, however.... As an interim measure, I wiped a little CRC over the coil lead rubber as an experiment. It has a strong smell, so hopefully rats won't like it.
 
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Originally Posted by Jagboi64 View Post
I'm glad I live in a place that is rat free!
https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...banish-the-rat
Being on mobile I can't see your location till I switch to view desktop mode but I knew rat free = Alberta before I even saw the link lol. Getting warmer now do you ever take your car to BC? Hwy 1 through to the Okanagan feels like it were built for a Jag, long straight runs and dangerously sharp corners.


As for the chewed up car I always use a paper towel or rag soaked in peppermint oil. Animals particularly rodents just haaate peppermint. Can work in any area boot, engine, inside etc.
 
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Peppermint oil? That sounds nice and simple.
 
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Originally Posted by VancouverXJ6 View Post
Getting warmer now do you ever take your car to BC? Hwy 1 through to the Okanagan feels like it were built for a Jag, long straight runs and dangerously sharp corners..
Yes, we go to the Jaguars on the Island show in Victoria every year. I've done the trip to Vancouver so many times I think I could drive it with my eyes closed.
 

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