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Old 05-08-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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Rats must have radar or a keen sense of smell.

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Every evening, Janice Perzigian puts Pine-Sol on the ground around her 2017 Ford Mustang.

Dryer sheets go under the front seat and in the trunk. Spray made with essential oils is applied to the tires, the sides and the back.

Why does she go through this 5-minute routine?

She has a simple answer: to avoid another $600+ repair bill after a rat chewed through wires under the hood of her car, leading to problems last month starting her car.

Aside from gnawed wires, the rodent — literally — left a trail of bread crumbs, rat feces and urine on the engine, which she now sprays weekly with peppermint essential oil.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...ion/588638002/
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:55 PM
 
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soy-based insulation must be quite tasty.
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:57 PM
 
Location: PSL
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Rats must have radar or a keen sense of smell.



https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...ion/588638002/
This is nothing new...
Mice/rodents have done tons of wiring damage since before I was born. Whether it was house wiring or vehicle wiring. Too bad the little pricks weren't gnawing on my plug wires while the engine was running.
1 GM HEI distributor puts out enough to probably fry a mouse dead.
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:02 PM
 
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Are Bioplastics In Cars Leading To More Rodent Damage?

In recent years, the auto industry has become very focused on the initiative to “go green” with a major shift to try and reduce reliance on petroleum based products. This has led to a whole variety of car parts being made from different organic substances such as soy, corn, sugar cane, recycled wood, castor beans, etc.



A large part of our cars are made from food. No wonder rats are pigging out. So they are focused on being more green – great. Seems as though they didn’t think of the rats. But there’s also this…


How Car Manufacturers Benefit From Soy Based Wiring

I’ll just hit the bullet points.

  • Dealerships Get More Business
  • Expensive, Labor Intensive Work
  • Insurance Requires Factory Made Parts
  • Honda Rodent Tape
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Here and now.
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Shouldn't this be in Automotive?
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:26 PM
 
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Shouldn't this be in Automotive?
Sit tight. It won't be long until somehow Trump and the Russians are found to be responsible for this and the thread will ultimately be in the correct forum it now.
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:31 PM
 
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Sit tight. It won't be long until somehow Trump and the Russians are found to be responsible for this and the thread will ultimately be in the correct forum it now.
You could blame it on the unintended consequences of the trend towards green energy and green products.

If we are driving around on food, don't be surprised if animals get hungry.

Maybe there is an advantage for petroleum products.
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:46 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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My sister in Colorado puts bars of Irish Spring soap in her car, plus one under the hood, regularly when she parks at home (a rural area).

It's a scent with range and striking power.
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:39 PM
 
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And some auto tires have sunflower oil added to the rubber for traction. I wonder if rats or squirrels will gnaw on them?
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:52 PM
 
Location: London
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I don't think squirting around a bunch of witch doctor herbs is going to stop them.
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