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

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

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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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    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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    I've had good luck with cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil.
     
  4. Nov 12, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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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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    Rat poison
     
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  6. Nov 12, 2017 at 9:26 AM
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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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  7. Nov 12, 2017 at 9:40 AM
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    birdman076

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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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  8. 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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  9. Nov 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM
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  10. Nov 14, 2017 at 9:51 AM
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    Awesome, just spent half an hour watching squirrels and rats get sniped! Lol
     
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  11. Nov 14, 2017 at 10:01 AM
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    Plenty of rats in NYC, the rodent type and the human type
     
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    Looks like he/she has an extra ear.
     
  13. Dec 3, 2017 at 5:16 AM
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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!
     
  14. Dec 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM
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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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  15. Jun 10, 2018 at 4:32 PM
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    Beast you still using this product? Still been happy with it?
    Im just wanting to be precautionary.
     
  16. Jun 10, 2018 at 5:08 PM
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    I used it for a year with no issues. Since then I moved to a difference place with no rats :)
     
  17. Jun 10, 2018 at 7:03 PM
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    It's a constant battle around here. I used to park next to some bushes, and it was awful. Since I now leave some concrete between the truck and available cover, it's much less of a problem.

    I tried all the various chemical remedies. They work, but then who wants to spray down their engine compartment, replace mothballs, etc. in every spare moment? Who can remember? Also forget electronic sound devices. They get used to that real quick, and back they come. Where I park has made the biggest impact.
     
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    I dont have rats or mice and my place is very well kept and i park my truck inside. Might get a couple mice in the winter or if there are really trashy people living in a rental down the street and its most likely to happen in winter time. I keep poison set out year round. All that said, i always like to have 2-3 layers of protection against a threat. Always hearing about guys wiring being chewed on is crazy. Who the hell makes the decision that peanut oil goes into making wiring!
     
  19. Jun 10, 2018 at 7:41 PM
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    They chewed my windshield wiper fluid hose a few years ago. :annoyed: That’s embarrassing when you own an exterminating company. :anonymous:I put out poison and didn’t have a problem after that. Agree don’t use poison if truck sits a lot and they may be actually spending a lot of time under the hood.

    Also the secret sauce for bait on rat traps even if they get trap shy, is a piece of slim jim.
     
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    That’s good information to have... I hate all those rodents... mice, rats, opossums... yuk
     
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    I have had two occasion in the last six months, $1500 of damage each, where squirrels entered the engine compartment and chewed
    the sensors (which to my surprise are made with soy). My local dealer only recommendation was fox urine (a few drops under the hood) as the best solution.
    Seems like there would be a better way to block them from getting to the sensors?
     
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    Interesting how some critters choose underhood parts to chew on. I live where there are millions of tree and ground squirrels, rats, mice, possums, raccoons, etc. I have 4 vehicles that live outdoors, luckily not once (I know you're listening Murphy) has this happened, yet.
     
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    It all depends on resources if they have it available to them the usually don’t bother with cars but in areas where it’s cold and busy with people like here in Chicago they love to hide in engine compartments and while their chilling in a cozy spot they nibble on wires and hoses I have fixed many harnesses the latest one I had to do was a 08 Charger the owner is a cop so his car is parked for weeks and they ate 4 injector harness wires and 2 vacuum hoses and poop everywhere
     
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    Wow old thread but i had this issue. Dryer sheets in the fuse box and spraying the bay with peppermint oil did the trick.
     
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    txcoastie,
    It appears you might potentially be near Houston. If so, go by Solutions Pest Supply. They supply commercial pest controllers and will sell you some good stuff and free advice. I not, perhaps a similar supplier. I have had good results with this:
    https://www.solutionsstores.com/eratication-rodent-bait

    (I actually place against the house under the rood eaves and out of he rain, they last quite a while -- and they kill quickly
     
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    crewmaxlmt How dare you!

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    I'm glad that one of my cats will catch everything in the yard. Mice, moles, birds, even a snake once.
     

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