Norwegian Wood Rats/ Rodents/ Vermon.....Damage Prevention Suggestions Request HELP..911

struggling_itstruggling_it losaltosMember Posts: 3
edited April 2017 in General
I have a problem just discovered by chewed hoses wires and instalation under my hood over night made themselves at home by nesting under hood in engine i just put fluids in yesterday and this wasnt there then so these guys are fast nesters

Is there a product or strategy to prevent more nesting and damages to my car by their chewing and disstruction??? ???
I live in the country so its my enviorment but never had this happen before



  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372
    I had this problem with chipmunks last year. Chewed my wiring harness and I discovered it one morning when the car started rough, then got rougher because the shorts were causing timing problems. Check engine light started flashing, had to have it towed to be repaired. I resorted to the Bucket of Death to thin out the chippie population. We have burrows everywhere again this year (comes with rural living) so the bucket is in play again. First chipmunk I got this year was about the size of a squirrel!

    Ever since last year, I periodically check under the hood for signs of nesting and/or chewing. So far, no repeat, but the possibility is certainly there
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Anything attracting the rats? Do you keep dog food or cat food outside? A bird feeder nearby?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,338
    Rats can cause thousands of dollars in damage! I think cardoc had the best idea!

    Sometimes they get into the heating ducts and die. The tech that gets the job of cleaning up that mess is a person to feel sorry for!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,338
    I would place some of those glue strips under the hood every night. Stick a glob of peanut butter in the middle of them!
  • struggling_itstruggling_it losaltosMember Posts: 3
    I have no food under hood or car and my cats dont bother with the adults I dont blame them they are very large and makes a nest over night chewing wires hoses installation and trim caught a rats tail with a sticky strip and somewhere i have a half bald no tail varmint that probley regrets his attempt but its kin wont mind still I tried pepper and sprays that only burn off parking it else where helped but really need a solution for everywhere and everything to be protected and not a snack again or pillow
    wish there was a way u could hot wire the chassie to zap their asses off or dead or even something they would choke hard on This has costed me my car and now employment I HATE RODENTS!!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    You can buy electronic rat traps on Amazon for around $50 bucks. They can be battery operated, good for about 30 kills. They also come with a remote sensor that you can keep in the house and will tell you when you've zapped a rodent. Of course, if you use this outdoors, rather than in the car, you'll have to cover it with a little box. Rats like that anyway.
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