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Felt a need to post this because I am sure some of you have had the problem......FKNG RATS!

I am referring to the destructive vermin that love to chew stuff.

So today I am leaving work (work 48hrs straight) and my truck had been parked for the duration. I start the truck and high idle it while I load my stuff, luckily my bro wanted to talk about an off road car.

I walk out 20 min later and coolant everywhere.

After figuring out what happened, a rat decided to make his way through my heater hose, my heat shield wrap and some attempt at my wire harness.

Anyway I ran to O'reilly's and bought some 3/8" hose, repaired it and drove home....glad it sat and idled long enough to leak in the parking lot

This has never happened and I am wondering what some of you do to prevent this or deter rats from striking?

I'd like to hear some suggestions....rat poison under the hood etc?

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Felt a need to post this because I am sure some of you have had the problem......FKNG RATS!

I am referring to the destructive vermin that love to chew stuff.

So today I am leaving work (work 48hrs straight) and my truck had been parked for the duration. I start the truck and high idle it while I load my stuff, luckily my bro wanted to talk about an off road car.

I walk out 20 min later and coolant everywhere.

After figuring out what happened, a rat decided to make his way through my heater hose, my heat shield wrap and some attempt at my wire harness.

Anyway I ran to O'reilly's and bought some 3/8" hose, repaired it and drove home....glad it sat and idled long enough to leak in the parking lot

This has never happened and I am wondering what some of you do to prevent this or deter rats from striking?

I'd like to hear some suggestions....rat poison under the hood etc?

Thanks
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I live in a rural area of the the SW desert and pack-rats are a big problem. I'm sure I have paid north of a few thousand dollars in auto electrical damage over the past 30 years because of those things. Garages obviously work the best but I don't have room for all the vehicles. Some folks leave their hood open in an effort to discourage them and say it helps somewhat. I've used poisons over the years which works okay but doing that also kills other wildlife as well. I ran across an electric (battery) operated trap (execution chamber) that works very well and I would recommend using that. It's made by Victor and will accommodate vermin up to the size of a medium chipmunk. I set mine a few feet away from the vehicle and bait it with peanut butter. Easy to bait, easy disposal.
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This was recommended to me when I was fighting the squirrel problem. Never tried it as we were able to solve the problem with a .22 and a couple of mutant beagles.

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Thanks guys. I did some research and with advice from a guy at work I bought this (in 12v and battery for my other small truck that sits) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

.......and peppermint oil.

The device seems to do a good job and the peppermint oil is very irritating to their keen sense of smell. Turns out rats sh*t and piss in order to mark their "safe" areas so they can attract mates and find their way back to it.

Regardless, they are getting a nice supply of fresh rat poison pellets.

Thanks for the advice
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The .22 method works well for home, but I prefer the .177 air cannon for the out and about.

A couple monthly packs of d-con will help you out as well.
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Don't put poison in the truck. Poison is an attractant. Yes it will eventually kill them, but you really don;t want to draw them to the engine well.

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Thanks guys. I did some research and with advice from a guy at work I bought this (in 12v and battery for my other small truck that sits) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

.......and peppermint oil.

The device seems to do a good job and the peppermint oil is very irritating to their keen sense of smell. Turns out rats sh*t and piss in order to mark their "safe" areas so they can attract mates and find their way back to it.

Regardless, they are getting a nice supply of fresh rat poison pellets.

Thanks for the advice
Keep an eye on your batteries. 6.0ls have an infamously underrated charging system (ask me how I know lol...) I was reading the reviews and a picture of the box shows it auto stops at 10.v for a battery that's REALLY low for these trucks. I would look into a battery tender if you can run a cord or at least run a tender the night before with this thing attached. Also let me know if it works. I no longer daily drive my truck. I have a noco 4amp on board battery tender mounted and it does a great job after a couple of months so far but im def. curious about the electrical rodent repeller since I already have the tender etc,

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Yes, I'm interested as well. Let us know how this works-out for you, it sounds like it beats what I've been doing. Ground rules: If it drains your batteries, the rats win that round...lol.
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I am going with the AAA version for my truck after all.

I purchased the 12v/24v for my truck but I do not want to chance it killing my batteries, especially if I am at work for 4 days and my truck sits. I just got an email from one of the guys that one of our prevention vehicles (parked along the same wall/North side) got chewed on as well. Funny thing is I rarely park against that wall and let's just say I no longer will.

I am skeptical but at a minimum the engine bay is getting some peppermint oil as well.


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I have something similar to this to plug in inside my house. Plugs into a regular wall outlet. I can say that it did absolutely nothing to help with mice in the house. We live out in the country and battle the mice every year. So far nothing expensive has been messed up yet.... knock on wood

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