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Advice needed - how exterminate rat in car??

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  1. Electricfan

    Electricfan Active Member

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    So I missed trash day, and a bag of trash sat in the garage for a couple of days. Something got into it, so I put the camera in the garage to see if I could find it. Glad I did. Apparently my Model S is home to a rodent of unusual size (RUS).

    Advice on extermination? Anyone had this issue?

     
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  2. Don TLR

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    Plenty of trap options that will sucker that rat in, they Love peanut butter. I got a mouse inside my jeep while camping and found it because it was going through the GF's purse pulling out calcium pills,, luckily I trapped it before it tore into the wiring.
     
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  3. Electricfan

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    Ok, this means war. But the rat just won round one.

     
  4. BriansTesla

    BriansTesla Old school meets new tech

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    Really like this Victor electronic trap. Clean and effective. Killed one rat and about 25 mice. Just keep it in fresh batteries.
     
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  5. Electricfan

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    Thanks. Its due in this Saturday. I have a live animal trap set right now. We'll see how that goes.
     
  6. Electricfan

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    #6 Electricfan, Oct 7, 2017
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    This rat is a ham. He likes to mug for the camera. Last night he was running around the garage all night, and avoided a snap-trap and two live animal traps baited with moldy cheese. BUT, he got into a bowl of rat poison I put down, so with any luck he'll keep eating for a couple more days and die. One thing is sure, I will monitor my garage much more closely from here on, with cameras. I don't want to go through this again. I'll have rat traps out and a sonic repulser active at all times.

     
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  7. Electricfan

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    Thinking about it, the odds are I'm not the only one with a rodent infested Model S. I would never have checked if he hadn't gotten into the trash, and I don't normally leave it in the garage, so how long has he lived in my car????

    I bet if all owners put camera's down and recorded overnight, quite a few would discover they have unwelcome visitors.
     
  8. thecloud

    thecloud As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive

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    Your rat video series has been amusing and thought-provoking. What happens when he crawls into some inaccessible part of your car to curl up and die? Will you be able to pinpoint the source of the smell?
     
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    You might want to seal the opening around your garage so the rat can't get in. Mice/rats like to chew on wires in a car,
     
  10. Evbwcaer

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    I have had great luck with the Hoont electric trap. It ended the mouse problem in my garage. I did put it in my trunk and frunk for a few days each, but only had kills in the garage itself.

    I like the trap because it beeps and blinks when it makes a kill, so I just keep it armed 24/7/365 as a proactive measure. Most traps are more reactive, and require placement, baiting, monitoring.
     
  11. NOLA_Mike

    NOLA_Mike Grouchy

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    Trade it in immediately. Don't ask for extra $$$, rodent included at no extra charge...
     
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    Be careful what you wish for... there’s a good chance that he’ll crawl back into the car to die. A stinky decomposing dead rat may be worse to have in your car than a living one.
     
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  13. Electricfan

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    I certainly agree it will be horrible if he dies in the car and I can't get the body out. But its only a matter of time before he damages the car. I've got to get rid of it. I've got two electronic traps baited and powered up tonight. I went to a football game in College Station today, and its possible he decided to relocate there. I hope so. I have three dropcams recording the floor of the garage, so I'll know tomorrow if he's gone or not.
     
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    The rat must not have liked what he saw in college station, and decided to stay in my Model S. He was on video last night running around as usual. Today I closed the garage door and started my Volt's engine, and ran it for about an hour and a half. Eventually the Volt died. I'm assuming the O2 level dropped too much. But anyway, I left the garage closed for another hour, then opened and aired it out. Looking forward to the video in the morning. I'm hoping I killed it with CO from the ICE exhaust.
     
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    Unless you have a detached garage I would be very wary of doing this. The seal between the house and the garage is not perfect and CO can definitely get into your house. My grandmother almost died of CO poisoning a few years ago when she accidentally left her car running in her garage. Her daughter in law happened to come over and discovered what was happening and saved her.
     
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    Didn't work. Still have rat. I guess this is why they've been around for thousands of years.
     
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    Maybe a better style trap, it looks like you used an old school style.. This is the one I caught that decided to live in the jeep..
     

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    Unless you have an old school car or my catless WRX no way your Volt is putting out that much CO to do anything.
     
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    This worked perfectly fine for me on few occasions. Nothing else (cages, electronic/sonic devices) were smart enough for the pesky rodents.
     
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    How about Glue Boards,, no way that bastidd is getting off of those.. I catch Scorpions with those scattered around the garage and house.
     
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