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12-13-2013 02:09 AM  5 years ago
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Rodents eating rubber and wires
I just had my 2013 CRV with less than 10,000 miles damaged.

I had a rodent up in the engine compartment chewing on wires and rubber hoses. It really did a number on it.

Anyone every have this happen?
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12-13-2013 02:31 AM  5 years ago
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Small vermin find the insulation a tasty treat, not a whole lot you can do besides get a hungry cat.
My old boss had the engine harness of his SuperDuty destroyed by such critters.

Got 2 barn cats, self correcting problem.
Liberals are like a "Slinky", useless but entertaining when pushed down stairs....
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12-13-2013 02:32 AM  5 years ago
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12-13-2013 03:04 AM  5 years ago
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Yep I do a handful of claims a year on vehiclesMy Sponsor:VISA
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12-13-2013 04:23 AM  5 years ago
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YES! A couple of years ago I let my ram 2500 pickup sit a couple of months...got in it to start it...nothing. Figured the battery was dead...raised the hood...there was AN ENTIRE 50 POUND PACKAGE (approximately) of dog food, apparently carried piece by piece, on the engine, and many many chewed up wires....I have patched it up but it still isn't right.TT .90 TOW, TT x50, TT 50se, Ergo 60, TT .50 apache, MT cobra, MT, Trex450, 450 airwolf, TT .30,
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12-13-2013 04:48 AM  5 years ago
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I learned years ago a great trick,, Go to your local grocery store and buy the cheapest dryer sheets that you use to smell up your clothes in a dryer. The cheaper the better. Get a box of 100 sheets,,,cover your engine and inlet tract openings to the the heater in the engine compartment with many sheets,,,,interior cover the vents [stick them in there] ,,floor ,,,back seat,,,,rear hatch area. Surround your baby with rat or mouse poison,,around ,,,under and maybe in if needed. Works for me and many others ,,,much better than moth balls ,,,,,Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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12-13-2013 04:55 AM  5 years ago
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An old timer told me (after my truck thing) that if you need to park your vehicle longer than a month to raise the hood...I guess rats hate open spacesTT .90 TOW, TT x50, TT 50se, Ergo 60, TT .50 apache, MT cobra, MT, Trex450, 450 airwolf, TT .30,
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12-13-2013 02:43 PM  5 years ago
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Just went to put washer fluid in my f350 only to find the insulation around the battery chewed. I know it was a tree rat and it's going to get served some lead. Thank goodness no wires were chewed.Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?
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12-13-2013 05:14 PM  5 years ago
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I had something eat through one of my spark plug wires on my truck that I drive daily. Truck started sputtering so I looked under the hood and heard the electricity arcing in the area where it eat through before I saw it.
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12-13-2013 05:27 PM  5 years ago
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I learned years ago a great trick,, Go to your local grocery store and buy the cheapest dryer sheets that you use to smell up your clothes in a dryer. The cheaper the better. Get a box of 100 sheets,,,cover your engine and inlet tract openings to the the heater in the engine compartment with many sheets,,,,interior cover the vents [stick them in there] ,,floor ,,,back seat,,,,rear hatch area. Surround your baby with rat or mouse poison,,around ,,,under and maybe in if needed. Works for me and many others ,,,much better than moth balls
Man I tried the dryer sheet thing & poison all around my trucks and equipment several times and they still got in. They were making nests with the dryer sheets!
".........said the joker to the thief"
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12-13-2013 07:33 PM  5 years ago
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Rodent's (rats, mice, squirrels, rabbits) teeth grow for the entire life of the rodent.
They have to gnaw / grind the teeth otherwise they grow and curl back into their skull.

They are not actually eating the insulation. The insulation gets in the way of them gnawing on the copper wire.

It isn't just your cars & trucks, they love telephone cables (above & below ground - exposed to the light and buried in a vault) and power lines.

If there was an easy solution, then the power and telephone companies would have solved it long ago.

Cats are good, but now you have a different set of problems with cats.

Natural predators are best.
Raptors are good (not the Thunder Tiger type - hawks, eagles) and snakes are the best.
Get a bucket full of corn snakes or rat snakes.
Be careful - you could end up like Florida with their Python problem. Of course, no more rats - but, then no more small dogs, cats, children either.

Watch at YouTube

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12-13-2013 08:28 PM  5 years ago
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take a rat poison block and bailing wire it to your battery.

This is common practice in the country
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12-14-2013 04:18 AM  5 years ago
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Man I tried the dryer sheet thing & poison all around my trucks and equipment several times and they still got in. They were making nests with the dryer sheets!
Really?!!?? I believe you but I have had good luck with it,,,maybe I was just lucky. ,,,,
Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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12-14-2013 06:04 AM  5 years ago
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Man I tried the dryer sheet thing & poison all around my trucks and equipment several times and they still got in. They were making nests with the dryer sheets!

Really?!!?? I believe you but I have had good luck with it,,,maybe I was just lucky. ,,,,
Maybe my dryer sheets weren't cheap enough but swear to heaven they chewed thru several vents/air intakes/even exhaust pipes that I stuffed the sheets into and they mowed through them. Made nests with pieces of them.

You could very well be right and this method works for many and I hope so. Ive got friends with equipment and they claim the same good results with dryer sheets. They also claim that I must have mutant 6-legged Chernobyl rodents living on my property. They've witnessed the damage.
".........said the joker to the thief"
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12-16-2013 02:10 AM  5 years ago
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Looks like the antifreeze got it

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12-16-2013 01:10 PM  5 years ago
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Not limited to damaging cars. I had an Airbus 319 grounded for a week. Because of Mice in the aircraft. Changed a cabin light and found the light panel full of chewed up insulation and mice crap. We had to strip and inspect the entire inside of the aircraft and found wires chewed up for the cabin lighting system. Luckily that was the only system they chewed on. Seemed to acquire a tastes for those wires and left the flight control wires running in the upper ceiling alone. Soon as we found the traces of mice in the aircraft we closed up the plane and used 4 500 pound bottles of co2 and filled the plane with the gas. Let it sit for 2 days then went it to repair the wires and removed a few dead mice.
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12-16-2013 01:50 PM  5 years ago
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WOW that is amazing!!Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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12-16-2013 08:28 PM  5 years ago
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Rodent Deterrent Tape for Wire Harnesses
Got a vehicle with a chewed-up wire harness? It’s probably the work of rodents, and if it is . . . Honda parts stock
has just the thing to deal with it:
Rodent-Deterrent Tape (P/N 4019-2317).
After repairing or replacing the harness, wrap some of that tape around the affected area. It's got capsaicin, the
stuff that puts the fire in a bowl of five-alarm chili. This should keep any critters from causing future problems.
When wrapping the harness, use the method we refer to as half-wrapping. Each time you wrap the tape around the
harness, overlap the layer you just did by half the width of the tape.

http://www.bernardiparts.com/products/4019-2317.aspx
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12-16-2013 09:01 PM  5 years ago
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12-22-2013 02:45 AM  5 years ago
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Dealer informs me were up to 8,200.00 in damages!
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