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    Hi all. I store my land cruiser until needed for long journeys. It is stored on the farm and I am continually hassled by rats trying to nest in the dash or engine area. I have tried hair spray and all types of things
    Would anybody have a solution. I am desperate . Trying to exterminate rats on a farm is an on going issue.

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    Hopefully someone can come up with the right answer.

    Elimination of the rats from the area is the priority, however easier said than done.

    For me, there are two things that seem to work consistently:

    1) keep the switch on your dash on ' recycle' , the little logo with the arrows thing...it makes it harder for them to enter the air circulation system

    2) use the vehicle frequently if you can.

    Cheers

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    This used to a certain extent with reasonable results.
    The Central Kalahari people will know about rats and mice
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    This was the older can i think.
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    I have the same problem. I unfortunitly resorted to rat poison. A pile next to each tyre. and pray they don't get into the vehicle. Nine times out of ten they are after the water, normally the windscreen cleaner pipes take a hammering and then the wires, very expensive when they get into the wiring.

    I also spray vehicle with acf50, hopefully the oily surface keeps them out.

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    Default Re: Rats in wiring

    Wurth also have an anti rodent spray, Approx R240 for a 250ml spray can.

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    Had the same problem on the farm. Hang mothballs in silk stocking in the engine compartment, no issues since I did that. I spread moth balls in the garage and store room where the dogs cannot reach them especially where my camping equipment is where they like to get to mattresses.
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    I believe the LiquiMoly "Marderspray" is quite effective, as already posted. Not nearly as pricey as the Wurth version.
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    Thankyou all I am going to purchase a can as well as try the moth balls. Will revert when I have results.

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    I used to tie rat poison blocks inside the engine compartment with wire. Never had a problem after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVJoubert View Post
    Had the same problem on the farm. Hang mothballs in silk stocking in the engine compartment, no issues since I did that. I spread moth balls in the garage and store room where the dogs cannot reach them especially where my camping equipment is where they like to get to mattresses.
    How do moth balls keep rats at bay, they eat it and die?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imgreg View Post
    This used to a certain extent with reasonable results.
    The Central Kalahari people will know about rats and mice
    Did not work for me when they got into the GV's wiring. But then it was mice, not rats, if that makes a difference? Sorry

    Poison blocks did the trick in the end.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Khakibush View Post
    Thankyou all I am going to purchase a can as well as try the moth balls. Will revert when I have results.
    You might as well buy some incense sticks also while at it. Will have about the same effect as buying the other things but at least it will smell nice.

    Please give some more info on where the vehicle is stored ie closed/ open shelter- only roofed structure in the vicinity- chicken coop nearby/ dog feeding area nearby etc.
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    Try leaving the bonnet open. If you can.
    We do it on the farm with vehicles that is not used on a daily basis, seems to work.
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    Many years ago my brother in law bought a fancy BMW, 3 days later he reversed into a vehicle and did serious damage to both vehicles. He took it back to BMW, remember 3 days old, and blew his gasket because the reversing sensors did not work, and the water for the windscreen did not squirt anymore.

    Rats in 3 days had eaten all the plastic piping and eaten lots of the wiring. The rats never touched the hilux or his previous bmw??

    Rats and mice can cause huge damage very quickly. Flood with rat poison.
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    * 1994 Land-Cruiser J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
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    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
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    Default Re: Rats in wiring

    How about a few cats, would that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    How do moth balls keep rats at bay, they eat it and die?
    I would guess it is the smell, if anything.
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    Never chewed on the moth balls but I don't have a rat issue.

    Had a rat in the house one morning, tried to get the cat to chow it, played and left it. The Lab, one bite and it was gone.
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    loads of rattex all round the car and those wire traps
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidalbum View Post
    loads of rattex
    half and half hot chocolate and polyfilla is better.

    Rats have a liking for chocolate and the polyfilla turns to cement, leving them still safely edible for your cat/dog and wild predators who stumble across them.
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