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Old 09-13-2017, 02:51 PM   #1
Froggy
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Angry Danged Pack Rats

A couple of months ago my windshield washer fluid quit working on my F-150 as I was driving through love bugs in SE Texas. When I got home I found where the hose had broken. No big deal and a quick repair. A week later the same thing.

I started looking around under the hood and found where a rat had been chewing on the firewall insulation.

The war was on. I placed rat poison pellets and sticky pads all around my carport and shed. Within two days all the pads were gone as well as the poison blocks.

I finally caught the little rat bastage in a live trap back in June.

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Fast forward to yesterday. I was changing the air filter in my truck when I saw this.

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He must have thrived on those poison pellets and dog food.

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I guess I should be thankful he didn't chew through the wiring harness.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:54 PM   #2
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they really are amazing little bastarges....
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:58 PM   #3
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Amazing the amount of destruction that comes in that small package.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:05 PM   #4
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We had one that decided to chew off every male plug from every electric appliance in my trailer....close to the plug so you couldn't splice it Back on.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:17 PM   #5
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I had one steal my buddy's fishing rods, he put them in the garage, gone next day, months after I was moving a suburban seat and there they were minus the handles
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:20 PM   #6
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Sucks I had my wiring harness chewed in my Ranger.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:31 PM   #7
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I was at the lease a couple weeks back and the little bastargs got my truck in one night.
Total cost 750 bucks in fixing all the wires.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:34 PM   #8
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Yea they got my vacuum lines and a plug wire on my truck. They also ate a bunch of cactus at the farm!
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:37 PM   #9
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Had my 4 wheeler wiring chewed up by them last year. Used the same type of poison as in your pics which seem to be useless.
I ordered a bucket of tomcat pellets (like the old dcon pellets) and had dead rats all over the storage building the next visit.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:39 PM   #10
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Froggy, where was the gang when you were being invaded ? I'd fire every danm one of 'em !
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:22 PM   #11
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Kill them all!!! TomCat liquid is the best stuff around, thank me later!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:26 PM   #12
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsoVcrFyrF8
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dang rodents!
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:26 PM   #13
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Rats chewed clear through the big, fat, main wiring harness in my Bronco. After that they chewed selected imporatant wires in my starting system, ignition system, and charging system.

I hate rats and mice!
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:07 PM   #14
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Quote:
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Froggy, where was the gang when you were being invaded ? I'd fire every danm one of 'em !
The "Gang's" maximum security prison is located in another area of my property. It's now electrified.

As I walk around with my pooper scooper everyday, I do threaten them. I tell them corks are cheap.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:16 PM   #15
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5 gallon bucket half full of water.Dump a scoop of oats in it.Lean a 2x4 up against it..You'll run outta places to dump dead rats.

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Old 09-13-2017, 06:39 PM   #16
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We were at our lease 2 weekends ago and my TBH son got a big, nasty surprise. He went to fire up his old Ford Ranger 4x4 and NO go! Would turn over, but die as soon as he put it in gear.

Long story/short: They opened the hood and a PACK RAT had taken EVERY piece of a broken bag of corn out of the bed and built a HUGE nest under the hood. The air intake was FULL of corn AND the little ******* had chewed thru the AC wire, chewed one of the spark plug cables thru.....

I had one last year crawl up the exhaust pip on our Polaris Ranger...Anyone have ANYTHING that will work on these Rodent "Masters of Disasters?"
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:49 PM   #17
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Wait till you get a call from a shop and one dies in a lexus. and has eaten his way 6k into the harness and firewall ducts.. trapped in the heater box and dies...


Tractor supply has a product called fresh cab, it has worked for us over a year...

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...l_70zkdld36n_e

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Old 09-13-2017, 06:53 PM   #18
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I think the big ones just treat the poison as a acid trip and enjoy it. I have also had them run off with the glue strips. If I had video of me pulling that big ******* by the trap as it escaped I would have lots of laughs for sure. If I would have had my pistol I would have shot the **** thing in the camper.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:28 PM   #19
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Spent over $800 bucks when those turds built a nest and chewed a bunch of wiring on my new 2104 F150 Super Crew while I was at the lease on a weekend.
I was told by the Ford dealer that when wires are pulled thru the covering, that vegetable oil is used in a lot of them for lubrication and that is what the rats are after along with using the chewed wiring covers for nest building. Chewed some wires on one of my 4 wheelers also.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:43 PM   #20
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Looks like a baby squirrel... he said F your rat poison!!!
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:04 AM   #21
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This is why I like snakes. Snakes don't tear stuff up and they eat rats.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:50 AM   #22
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Parked my 2010 Tundra overnight at my office in Austin. Rats ate through the main engine harness and other assorted wires. About $7,000 to fix but covered by insurance because anti-lock brake wiring, electronic accelerator, etc were all affected. Truck hasn't performed the same since.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:06 AM   #23
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Looks more like a Norwegian (Brown) Rat than a Pack (Wood) Rat to me.

Where there is one there are more, keep the trapping and baiting going.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:08 AM   #24
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So glad we don't have pack rats here. I have seen them do some amazing things in OK and KS
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