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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:25 PM

 

Rats 'eat' part of Suffolk woman's car (UK)

From BBC News:

"A Suffolk woman returned from a holiday to find rats had eaten through parts of her car causing damage put at 1,200.

Jill Delaney, 74, from Kentford, said the electrics had gone, rubber was stripped from pedals and the car had to be towed to a garage to be fixed."

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"Then I saw the rubber on the pedals had been completely shredded and there were rat droppings everywhere. I know a rat dropping when I see one."


"Pest controllers told me rats hate creosote, so I've filled a cat litter tray with the stuff and put it under the car. I've also put out burnt toast because I hear they hate that too," she added.

More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-21159407

Who knew that rats eat car parts, but hate burnt toast?

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Reply Rats 'eat' part of Suffolk woman's car (UK) (Original post)
LiberalEsto Jan 2013 OP
marzipanni Jan 2013 #1
LiberalEsto Jan 2013 #2
Kali Jan 2013 #10
RebelOne Jan 2013 #3
LiberalEsto Jan 2013 #4
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #5
RebelOne Jan 2013 #6
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #7
avebury Jan 2013 #8
marzipanni Jan 2013 #12
Kali Jan 2013 #9
Brigid Jan 2013 #11

Response to LiberalEsto (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:59 PM

1. After a mechanic told me there were signs of rodents having been under the hood

I looked up rodent proofing cars. This guy put his car in a slick corral...
http://www.hastingsreserve.org/mammals/MiceInCars.html

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Response to marzipanni (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:12 PM

2. Looks like a good solution

 

Or you could try burnt toast.

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Response to marzipanni (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:02 AM

10. wow what a great and simple idea!

thanks for that link!

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Response to LiberalEsto (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:25 PM

3. I had a rat problem last year.

The field behind my house was being cleared to build an apartment building, and it drove the rats into my house. I had electrical problems and discovered upon hiring an electrical repair service that my wires had been chewed by rodents. After repairs that cost a small fortune, and hearing scratchings in the walls and under the house, I called a pest control company. The pest control guy killed 18 rats. They had also gotten in the engine compartment of my car and ate the insulation on the inside of the hood.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:49 PM

4. Wow!

 

I had no idea that rodents were such a problem for car owners. Sorry about your car damage.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:03 PM

5. Rats are nasty critters. They are.

Two years after a severe hurricane hit the west coast of Florida, I rented a garden apartment in Lighthouse Point. During the storm, the roof was torn off the building. I was the second tenent to rent the lovely one bedroom apt on the first floor.

I wasn't there very long when my parrot started freaking out every night. At first I thought she was just hearing the neighbors. Then I found a hole chewed in the cushion of a new sofa.

After telling the management about the problem, I bought a Have A Heart Trap. I used peanut butter on a cracker as bait. For a few days I had a successful rat trap and release program going. When Monday rolled around, I called the realtor. I informed them my next release would be in their office if something wasn't done asap.

Who knew that rats like to nibble on faux suede when there was bird seed available.


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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:50 PM

6. I did not even consider Have A Heart Trap.

I just wanted those critters dead. They cost me a fortunate to rewire my house after chewing up the wires.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:09 PM

7. I was rewarded with a rat a day until Terminix did their thing.

Mice are more difficult to dispatch.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:41 PM

8. I have some friends who have had $3,000

worth of damage to their truck due squirrels trying to set up a nest to get out of the cold weather.

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Response to avebury (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:26 AM

12. A woodpecker was very industrious...

I hope they left its acorn collection there and covered the hole in the antenna! (At first they thought a squirrel was the culprit)

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Response to LiberalEsto (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:55 PM

9. pack rats are the worst!

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Response to LiberalEsto (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:05 AM

11. I saw a story once . . .

About an Irish Wolfhound that completely shredded the inside of a Ford Escort--in 15 minutes!

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