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Friggen Rats!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by atavuss, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Jan 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM
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    atavuss

    atavuss [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 09 Honda Civic EX, and a 2010 Tacoma regular cab 4x4 that are parked in my garage, outside we have a 09 double cab TRD 4x4. Today I checked the cabin air filters and there was evidence that rats somehow were on top of the cabin air filter! I started putting poison rat blocks under the hood of all three vehicles and so far the rat/s have eaten three blocks and still are not dead. their feces are the same color as the poison blocks. I see evidence of chewed wires on the 2010 Tacoma so I put a poison block there. I don't understand how the rats can get inside the cab and end up on top of the cabin air filter? where are they getting in from so I can block it with hardware screening? also saw evidence in all three vehicles of the rats getting inside the engine air filter housing and chewing on the engine air filters. the rats ate the coolant bottle up so much it won't hold coolant anymore on the Civic. I set out 10 sticky traps in the garage and also set out 6 snap traps baited with peanut butter. we have lived here for 25 years and this is the first time we have had problems with rats in the vehicles.
     
  2. Jan 30, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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    S.B.

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    Try using fruit on the traps. Thats what worked for me when we had rats in our attic and around the house.
     
  3. Jan 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM
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    The1youluv2hate

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    Penut butter and sticky traps
     
  4. Jan 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM
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    Ralph Pootawn

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    Where the heck do you live?
     
  5. Jan 30, 2011 at 2:24 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Just hope they don't chew the knock sensor wire on the v6 like they did mine. Its a $500-600 fix! :frusty:
     
  6. Jan 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    udy2554

    udy2554 NORTHERN RED-NECK

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    I've always used dryer sheets inside my vehicles when stored. That and moth balls under the hood and on the floor under the vehicles. The dryer sheets stuffed under the dash keep things smelling fresh too.

    On a side note...

    Have you ever smelled moth balls...if so...how did you keep their little legs spread?:eek:

    Sorry, I had to do it!
     
  7. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    paintdiddy

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    Get a couple of outside cats from the pound.keep feeding them and they wont leave.they will kill every rat
     
  8. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM
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    05Moose

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  9. Jan 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM
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    atavuss

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    Thanks for the link 05Moose! I will do that mod to all three vehicles ASAP!
    FWIW I tried peanut butter in all the snap traps. I cleaned the PB out after a week with no captures, now I am trying bird seed that has sunflower seeds mixed in. Also have a live trap set with the same bird seed and dog food mixed in, also have a "zap" trap set with chocolate cookie crumbs and dog food. put 6 sticky traps and a snap trap under each vehicle hood tonight. lets see how well the fuzzy bastards get through tonight!
     
  10. Jan 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM
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    Rats? You mean mice?
     
  11. Jan 30, 2011 at 6:47 PM
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    A cat will do the trick and be a good friend, get one from the pound he'll be happy to have a home.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    pretty sure they are rats, the turds seem too big to be from a mouse.......unless its mighty mouse!
     
  13. Jan 30, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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    amadougrand

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    If they are not living in the pickup, they are crawling up your tires and in. On my airplane I use a 12" piece of spring sheet metal around the tail wheel to keep the rats/mice from crawling in the fusalage.
     
  14. Jan 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM
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    Timber

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    just a couple comfort items.
    In addition to the blocks your using, try the bait traps. I think Decon makes them. they are brown cardboard rectangular boxes and have green pellets in them . Every time I see evidence of rats or mice I throw those in the corners and after a couple nights of them getting into the pellets I find Fd up dehydrated on their last leg critters wandering down the driveway in the middle of the day or just dead ones ! Works every time!
     
  15. Jan 31, 2011 at 4:18 AM
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    Ralph Pootawn

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    George: You guys ever wonder what it would be like to stop livin' up here
    [puts hand up in the air]
    George: and start livin' down here?
    [puts hand down low]
    Mahalik: Or what if we stop livin' over here
    [puts his hand out to the side]
    Mahalik: and start livin' over there?
    [puts his hand to the other side]
    CJ: Shit, my aunt Shaneequa used to live over there! But that bitch got evicted though.
    Mahalik: For what?
    CJ: Mice.
    Mahalik: I thought she had rats?
    CJ: No, rats are out side, mice are inside.
    Mahalik: But what if a mouse goes outside does it become a rat, and if a rat is in the house, is it a mouse?
    CJ: I ain't seen no mouse outside. That's what I'm sayin'.
    Mahalik: That's because it's a rat, fool!
    CJ: Damn! You mighta just made fact. That's some real shit right there! A-Ha!
    George: Guys, I really don't see what this has anything to do with anything...
     
  16. Jan 31, 2011 at 4:31 AM
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    Don't forget insurance...comprehensive should help at least with some of it...
     
  17. Jan 31, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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    old dad

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    doubt that it's rats,,,probably squirrels,, they are raising the same kind of hell in my neighborhood, got my neighbors jaguar,,ate the hood insulation, rather chewed it off and took it to their nests in the tree,,,the squirrels are also chewing up the heavy abs battery cover, wires and hoses..

    they also got another neighbors honda van

    mark
     
  18. Jan 31, 2011 at 7:58 AM
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    If its rats use flour, sounds stupid but peanut butter normally works except for this last time. Threw flour on it and next day, bam
     
  19. Jan 31, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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    joerussell610

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    Jelly beans work great too in traps
     
  20. Jan 31, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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