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Old December 6th, 2018, 04:12   #16
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Location: Scotland

I'm getting exactly this problem over here in Scotland.
2.0TDI vacuum hoses. Clear marks where the little ****ers chewed their way through the hoses, missing bits of insulation from the engine cover and a nest complete with stones from a nearby cherry tree on top of the nice warm engine block. Has happened twice this autumn now. Going to replace the tasty soft hoses with a different kind tomorrow, park in a different place at night and keep my fingers crossed....
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Old December 6th, 2018, 06:40   #17
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Leaving green mouse party foods works very well. Leave it in strategic locations around the car. If the invaders are not rats and mice, the baits won't work. It works on mice and rats because they are not capable of reverse peristaltic actions (i.e. they can't throw up when they're sick). Others like chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, etc. do, so they'll eat the baits or transport the bait elsewhere, consume it, throw up, then come back in a day or two when they're perky again.

My annual ritual is to leave 1/2 block by the cabin air filter, and the other half in the bottom of the engine air filter box. I do this in the fall. By the time I check on them, the bait is chewed on, but the critters themselves always run off and die elsewhere. A happy circumstance to be sure as the dead bodies don't stink up the car.

Your results may vary.

Other honorable mentions include cats. Good, if you don't have a lazy overfed cat. If this 'natural' solution is preferred, make sure you don't feed the cat much. You want it hungry enough to take an active part in rodent suppression. Good thing is, cats aren't limited to only those rodents that can't purge.

Cheers, and good luck.

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Old December 6th, 2018, 09:05   #18
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If you have lots of rodent in your house, then try to get rid of. Yes, big rats can chew hose.
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