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Old 03-07-2018, 09:54 PM
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Yesterday we got ready to go somewhere and there was liquid under my car. We had just filled the windshield wiper cleaner container so we checked and that was it. So we took the car to the shop to get a new one. Not a happy moment but hey my Toyota rarely needs anything other than regular maintenance so we were dealing with the issue.

When we go to pick it up they tell us rats gnawed on the container and created the holes. They were sure because they found rat poop on my engine. Ewww!

So then we go to Home Depot to get what we need to get rid of the rats and also bought a ton of moth balls to place under the hood to try and keep the rats away. Hopefully we will get rid of them quickly.

Now I just hope they did not create any other damage in the car. I had no idea they would do such a thing. Do you think they wanted to drink the fluid in there?

My husband checked the garage and only found a few droppings so they can't have been there long. I guess they came in during our last cold snap. We live in central Texas and we don't really have cold winters.

Anyone else experience this?


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Old 03-08-2018, 03:44 AM
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Not rats, but my parents had their car parked in their driveway and had squirrels chew threw a bunch of wires in their car (can't exactly remember what, but I know it did quite a bit of damage). Their mechanic said he had never seen anything like it. Needless to say, their car is always in the garage now. I hope you get rid of the rats soon .
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Illinois winters.... mice come in to play
Old 03-08-2018, 04:46 AM
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Last January (the car sat for the month of January in the garage) mice made a home in my spare tire wheel well and gnawed the plastic/foam tray that the tire and jack sit in

I put altoids in the car this January -as they supposedly don't like peppermint. I had traps and dcon all around the car. I took every bit of paper/kleenex/anything- out of the car...this year it stayed vacant....

Sorry, it is annoying! and expensive!! and I know they are just trying to do what they have to do to survive ...but yep...hate it.
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:02 AM
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Yes that happens here in New England and places where it gets cold in the winter. Never park near a woodpile if you have one as the mice who might be in the woodpile will move to the warm engine. It can cause $$$$$ in damage when they chew through wires
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:02 AM
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They do that here if your car is kept outside. Even worse is that they can gnaw on wires so that you end up with and electrical problem that is very hard to track down! Hopefully your moth balls will take care of it, but it doesn't work well here. Plus they can be toxic to cats or snakes. Or ground water.

We bought some new little electronic gadget that dh put on his truck this fall. Time will tell. I guess it does some flashy thing ever so often which supposedly stops them.

It is even worse if you have a vehicle you don't drive every day.


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Old 03-08-2018, 05:50 AM
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I had no idea that this could happen! After reading the other posts, it seems more common than we realize!
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Rodents! Argh!
Old 03-08-2018, 07:06 AM
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Chipmunks filled our van's engine area with dog food when I was a kid. Crazy creatures.

A coworker of my FIL found a mouse IN his car once. But he had tons of food left in there so it wasn't a surprise.

Hopefully it's an easy fix for you!
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:43 AM
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Close friends of our had mice or something chew up cables and lines under their car. They put bowls of mothballs under it to keep the critters away.
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Old 03-08-2018, 09:39 AM
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Thanks for the information. No cats in our family because I am allergic otherwise we would have one.
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:30 AM
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Chewed the wires under dash and ruined my heater years ago. I reached into the back seat to grab my lunch and a mouse ran across the seat! I left food around the outside of car to get the mice out while I worked. Ugh. They are destructive little buggers.


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Old 03-08-2018, 05:47 PM
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Yes.

Make sure you leave the bait outside of the car. You donít want them back in your car.
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I know why they did that.
Old 03-08-2018, 06:56 PM
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DH says that many cars have wiring under the hood that is wrapped in insulation that is made from soybeans. I don't know how he knew that, but he reads a lot.
Rodent deterent tape treated with capsaicin will keep the rodents from chewing on your wiring. It costs about $36 for 22 yards.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:05 PM
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Wow, I am so sorry! I have honestly never even heard of this happening! After reading through the responses it sounds like its somewhat common.

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Old 03-09-2018, 02:08 PM
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I've never had a rat problem, and pray I never do! Rats and snakes both freak me out.
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