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Old 18th November 2010, 13:58   #256
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I think the only thing you can do is a thorough visual inspection. If your car was fully locked, rat cannot get inside but can definitely cut wires and rubber items in the engine bay. Look out for that.

P.S: Check the hoses if they are ok.
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Dev, if the rat has chewed the "ratkill" then it should be gone though it may survive for a days time...
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I think the only thing you can do is a thorough visual inspection. If your car was fully locked, rat cannot get inside but can definitely cut wires and rubber items in the engine bay.P.S: Check the hoses if they are ok.
I checked the hoses and started him up as well. Didnt notice anything amiss so far. I called the ASC as well and they suggested pudina leaves as a deterrent.

I will get him up on a ramp this weekend and get a nice wash done all over.

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Dev, if the rat has chewed the "ratkill" then it should be gone though it may survive for a days time...
That is what I m thinking too. But is "ratkill" effective?

Any other suggestions?
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That is what I m thinking too. But is "ratkill" effective?Any other suggestions?
The only problem with ratkill is that if it eats and dies in the nook corner of the engine bay or in the AC vent or in any other place where accessible is difficult then you can't run also. It smells very bad. "Think of it"
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Dev, yes it is very effective!

to sanitize the area around your parking lot. couple of nighthes with 2-3 days interval place the ratkill where the rats pass. this way for sure for sometime your parking lot will be free from rats.

but please make sure that the kids or pets come across it.
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Dev, yes it is very effective!
to sanitize the area around your parking lot.this way for sure for sometime your parking lot will be free from rats.
I m very upset. That rat has eaten all the rat kill but continues to live in Hariya's engine bay/transmission tunnel somewhere. When I opened the bonnet today, I saw it on top of the engine cover and it scurried down behind it to its hiding place. I started Hariya, drove around a bit, braked hard but I m sure the rodent is inside.

How can I get it out? I m really worried now.

Any tips from any of you eagerly awaited will really help.
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@Devdath, the good old mousetraps work really well in my lab. The mousetrap guy justs hangs pieces of fresh vada inside the traps, the rats just love it, and the next day we have at least a couple of trapped rats running around inside the cage, during rat season.

Keep the rat trap at the entrance to your garage
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@Devdath, the good old mousetraps work really well in my lab. Keep the rat trap at the entrance to your garage
Murli, the issue is that now I have parked Hariya at my office parking which is an open area with only a roof and floor. Also, I m sure this rat came from the original parking since there are no other signs of rats in the parking apart from Hariya. But yes, I will try it tommorow.

Someone suggested I make a lot of smoke under the engine bay for say an hour so that it suffocates. Do you think it will work?
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Dev, am sure the rat has not eaten it yet, might be saving them for rainy days somewhere

meanwhile take hariya for a long drive and stop in some other place for an hour or so, first thing it would do us run for its life the moment you stop
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Dev, am sure the rat has not eaten it yet, might be saving them for rainy days somewhere

meanwhile take hariya for a long drive and stop in some other place for an hour or so, first thing it would do us run for its life the moment you stop
Looks like a good idea though I do not know how it survived the Kerala trip. But yes I will do it soon. Do you think that a water wash will help?
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Devdath, I have been a passive reader of your thread since a long time. Hoping to buy my own Scorpio someday soon.
My 2 cents. Please try contacting a pest control service. They keep a sort of glue like substance on a A4 sized (roughly) cardboard and the rat is attracted to it and is stuck to the cardboard in a day or 2. Also if you go to Majestic area/ Shivajinagar you can get "ili Pashana" (strong rat poison). remember thee should be no water source nearby when you poison the rat9 or the poison gets diluted)
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My 2 cents. Please try contacting a pest control service. They keep a sort of glue like substance on a A4 sized (roughly) cardboard and the rat is attracted to it and is stuck to the cardboard in a day or
Which is what I have done. Our office pest control person will come tomorrow and do this. Fingers crossed.
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Dev seems like like the the rat is a very determined one pest control guys should help.
also if possible take the car to a wash guys put it on ramp and ask them to use the air(pressured) both from top and the bottom am sure it will work...
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Hi Devdath! Any updates on the rat issue? How did you manage to solve it?
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Hi Devdath! Any updates on the rat issue? How did you manage to solve it?
Oh that is a long story which cost me around 10k. I called up my office pest control people and told them about it and they placed 4 sticky pads in the engine bay. I did not clean Hariya on the outside to observe any footprints and I must admit I found many of them.

After 3 days, there was no rat on the pads but lots of activity in the engine bay. Then the pest control person brought 4 small packets of wheat seeds coated with poison at the factory. He placed them at what he felt were strategic places.

4 days later when I opened Hariya's bonnet, I saw the remains of a rat on a sticky pad, all the four packets eaten and dirt as usual with the left indicator wire cut.

I then took Hariya for a wash. During the wash, the guy told me that he too saw a rat jump out of Hariya.

So, how many rodents were there? I do not know.

When I turned on the ac, there was dust coming in so I knew that the rodent/s had put some garbage on the ac filter so before my drive to Delhi, I went to SKS to have the filter cleaned. To my horror, the rodent had actually bitten a hole in the "jaali" and had chewed up a few wires of the blower too.

I was told that the blower costs INR 5500.00 but the electrician said he had taped up most of the wires so I could use the blower while it lasted though he told me to be careful if I smell burning wires since a burnt blower could burn/melt the plastic dashboard as well.

I have not used the blower at all since then and it makes a funny noise when it is turned on. I m planning to get it replaced once I have the money to do it.

I successfully drove all the way to Delhi from Bangalore via Singrauli which is around 3k kms in all and there were no hiccups but for one.


During night, at times, the headlights suddenly become slightly brighter for a second or two, as if someone has pushed in more current into them and then they are back to normal.

Any clues from anyone?
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