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Rats

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by txcoastie, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Nov 12, 2017 at 6:50 AM
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    txcoastie

    txcoastie [OP] New Member

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    Anyone have issues with rats getting under the hood and chewing tubing, if so, did anything work
     
  2. Nov 12, 2017 at 7:34 AM
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    Wynnded

    Wynnded Wait, what?

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    I've read that Honda make an expensive tape that's infused with cayenne pepper. I wonder if spraying the looms with pepper spray would do anything. This is kind of a known issue, many manufacturers has gone to a soy-based wire insulation and rodents like. Moth balls might help too but the smell may get into the cab.
     
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  3. Nov 12, 2017 at 8:02 AM
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    831Tun

    831Tun Got wood?

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    I've had good luck with cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil.
     
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  4. Nov 12, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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    TruckinIt

    TruckinIt I STAND FOR OUR FLAG!!

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    Man I'd be pissed if a driving frickin rat chewed up my tundra! Real pissed! I hope you find a solution. We don't have a lot of rats or here so no problem, thank goodness.
     
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  5. Nov 12, 2017 at 9:01 AM
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    Masshole

    Masshole Lovin' The Great North Woods

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    Rat poison
     
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  6. Nov 12, 2017 at 9:15 AM
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    RowdyRon

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    I keep mine in the garage and get help from:

    IMG_4490.jpg

    Mandu (as in Katmandu) is a great mouser and is always on duty.
     
  7. Nov 12, 2017 at 9:26 AM
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    geno0506

    geno0506 GENO

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    My 2010 Tundra was attacked by rats or squirrels, they ate the wiring harness on the engine. I filled up 2 small socks with cayenne pepper and tied them off into a ball and hung them under the hood with small wires, never had a problem again!

    or you can be like this guy


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  8. Nov 12, 2017 at 9:40 AM
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    birdman076

    birdman076 Bird, bird, bird...bird is the word

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    I've got a dumb as rocks neighbor behind me who decided it was their mission to feed every goddamn squirrel in North American. It's now my problem as I found dropping on the intake cover on my Tundra and in my wifes Camry as well. I've advise him the bill for repairs will be going to him via my lawyer, they have since taken the feeders down but now its on!

     
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  9. Nov 12, 2017 at 10:09 AM
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    Peppermint oil is a great place to start. Dilute some in a spray bottle and spray down the wheel wells and engine bay. Also, soak an old t-shirt in some of the oil, wrap it in foil and stick your oil foil burrito in the engine bay. I took some steel wool and stuck it between the engine bay and windshield cowling to seal up any exposure to the HVAC too.

    Finally, use the Tomcat brand outdoor rat traps around your ride. I use peanut butter as bait and I have had great success.
     
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  10. Nov 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM
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    Awesome, just spent half an hour watching squirrels and rats get sniped! Lol
     
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    Plenty of rats in NYC, the rodent type and the human type
     
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    Honda makes a special electrical tape that keeps rats away, I forgot the part number but a local Honda dealer should be able to provide it for you. Be careful what you spray, might cause wiring problems in the future
     
  14. Dec 3, 2017 at 5:04 AM
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    Looks like he/she has an extra ear.
     
  15. Dec 3, 2017 at 5:16 AM
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    Slayer Weather-Beaten Neighbor From The Pacific Northwest

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    Rats chewed a wire in my truck cost $800 bucks to fix.

    I found some peppermint oil at Wal-Mart.. I poured it in cotton ball stuffed soda can I poked holes in & stuffed it in the upper rear of the engine compartment. WORKS !

    Tomcat & peanut butter works for catchin' the little bastards.

    I'm also going to check out that spray!
     
  16. Dec 3, 2017 at 5:24 AM
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    She had a tough life prior to wandering up to our house, half-starved, and adopting us. Yep, has a unique right ear. Not sure what happened or might have caused it. We aren't cat people but have an understanding with her - she keeps the area mouse/rat-free and she can stay. So far, we have both been holding up our end of the deal. She is really a pretty good cat.
     
  17. Dec 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM
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    gosolo

    gosolo I've already learned more than you'll ever forget

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    Through the years we’ve had about $1,500.00 of damage from rodents (mice, rats, squirrels). They can get into the air box through the fender. Sticking a tennis ball in the hole in the air box after parking can prevent this. They can squeeze through tiny spaces. The wire insulation Toyota used (not sure if they still do) was made with a soy biproduct, attracting rodents.
    DO NOT USE POISON, if they die inside your ducts or on top of the fuel tank they will rot and decay and be devastatingly hard to get out and clean up. Use multiple traps, don’t always park in the same place, switch up the bait and trap locations. Peanut butter was already mentioned and works well, add apple slices and pieces of walnut. Cats can help but are not dependable as a deterrent.
    Hopefully this helps...
     
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