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Old 16th June 2018, 19:13   #1351
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Any other recommendation? ...

Maybe this earth is a rather more important and this is big no-no, but I had much less open wire to work with last time I patched a chewed-through headlight cable.
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They said it would be claimed in the insurance (RS 30,000) so I would have to shell out around rs 2000 probably.
Any other recommendation? And the funny thing is I had booked the 3M appointment for the rodent repellant coating on Monday
Which insurance company do you have? Was Rat bite mentioned specifically in that? For the service centre to say it would be covered under Insurance is pretty rare!
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Old 17th June 2018, 11:50   #1353
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Re: 3M Rat Repellent Coating - Launched at Rs. 1058

I am sorry to go slightly off the topic, after I started reading this thread I suddenly thought 'Why not use the ultra sonic rodent repellent?' and a quick google such showed me products like this on Amazon!

This can be directly connected to the battery and they generate ultrasonic sound waves which humans cannot hear and they scare the rats away!!

I am not sure how effective this method will be! have anyone tried this in their cars? The only downside I can think of is when the car is parked for long duration this might drain the battery, however for normal usage I see the power consumption is very negligible.

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Rat bit off fuel pump wire on my Baleno.They had to take off entire fuel tank, after which they coated all the wires with steel wire as protection.

Total cost including towing - Rs3500
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This is the scene with my car now.

Since last couple of weeks, every night a rat/rats have made my engine their dinner table with half eaten ripe mangoes seen every day inside.

Thankfully till date, nothing has been bitten related to the car by the rats in my parking lot, but a rubber tube cover was bitten when I was at Chennai.

3M rat repellent spray was done, a sticky pad kept on the floor, rat poison cakes kept near the wheels and the hood open with the light on so they don't have a dark space to go to.
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The drawback with putting rat poison in or near the car is the possibility that they might choose to die somewhere inside the car. You will only know once the stench reaches you. Just my thoughts.
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The drawback with putting rat poison in or near the car is the possibility that they might choose to die somewhere inside the car. You will only know once the stench reaches you. Just my thoughts.
I always had opposite experience, apparently the rat cakes make the rat to get out into open place and die. Something to do with making them thirsty or need sun, i forgot. If i remember correct this is mentioned in the pack of Mortien rat cake.
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Which insurance company do you have? Was Rat bite mentioned specifically in that? For the service centre to say it would be covered under Insurance is pretty rare!
Mine is royal Sundaram, yup it is very rare, luckily it was approved
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@Jaggu - Apparently Mortein cakes affects a particular enzyme in rats that makes them extremely thirsty. This thirst however cannot be quenched so easily. So apparently if there is water around the area, the rat will go and drink huge quantities and live for some more time. Eventually it will die but if there is a lot of water available to drink, it may take a long time.
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This is the scene with my car now.

Since last couple of weeks, every night a rat/rats have made my engine their dinner table with half eaten ripe mangoes seen every day inside.

Thankfully till date, nothing has been bitten related to the car by the rats in my parking lot, but a rubber tube cover was bitten when I was at Chennai.

3M rat repellent spray was done, a sticky pad kept on the floor, rat poison cakes kept near the wheels and the hood open with the light on so they don't have a dark space to go to.
Lucky that the car is not attacked. And I see other cars parked near by which generally will not be harmed at all, that is when i curse luck. I have this experience myself. The rats prefer only my car over other cars in the neighborhood.
My experience so far with my alto and Tiago:
Tried tobacco leaf--> no use.
Tried industrial fertilizers--> worked few day and then menace surfaced again.
Tried rat repellent from amazon--> rats seemed immune to these repellent
Used sticky pad--> caught first time the rat and after that the rats were alert.
Used rat poison cake--> rats left them untouched.

One fine week found dead rats in the garden after eating the poison cake from the garden and not from car. Since then have no traces of rats near car. Have fixed a mesh between cabin and engine bay in my tiago.

What I haven't tried so far are ultrasonic rodent repellent, electric shock carpet under engine bay, electric shock wire circuit under the hood and the local jugad of water pipe with lot of nails pierced through it so the rats get hurt when they crawl in ( saw a post on this jugaad in this thread somewhere). Hope to never get a chance to explore these!

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@Jaggu - Apparently Mortein cakes affects a particular enzyme in rats that makes them extremely thirsty.
The active ingredient is not an enzyme but a rodenticide called 'Bromadiolone'. It is an anti-coagulant. Death is caused by internal haemorrhaging and this possibly results in shortness of breath + thirst which causes the rat to go outdoors for relief where it eventually dies.

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Bromadiolone

Obviously this works on other creatures too including pets and humans so it is important to keep any product with this rodenticide away from them. Mortein rat "cake" can also be consumed by street cats or dogs so please be very selective where you place them. I have used it quite effectively to kill a rat that somehow got into my home. It was found dead a few days later in the garage.

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Makes me wonder if this is the reason why rats and other rodents attack car wiring with such gusto!

Automobile soy based wiring S?

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A federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. that sought compensation for damage caused by rodents chewing through insulation for engine wiring.

Filed in August 2016, the lawsuit said the insulation is soy-based rather than petroleum-based, which makes it attractive to hungry rodents. Automakers began using soy-based products several years ago in an initiative to make their products more environmentally friendly.
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So our Mercedes CLA was victim to a rodent attack. Started throwing up "Check brake pad wear" error (despite having only 7k kms on the pads). I decided to take it to the dealership anyway since I was to do a long trip the next day. Upon reaching the dealership I got 2 more errors ("ABS not available" "ESP not available"). Upon inspection they figured out that rats had eaten up some wiring and some plastic parts including air intake, plastic trim around wipers and the heat insulation under the hood. Thankfully we have the rodent protection plan as part of our insurance.

What would be a tried and tested product to prevent further attacks? So far have got only the usual tobacco packet suggestions. Can't keep rat poison around as we have dogs in the yard.
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What would be a tried and tested product to prevent further attacks? So far have got only the usual tobacco packet suggestions. Can't keep rat poison around as we have dogs in the yard.
Check out below links.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...rs-1058-a.html


http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ml#post4426257
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Old 26th July 2018, 20:36   #1365
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Here's my solution - L-R - Sunny, Poppy and Cherry - they ensure all the cars in the parking lot are rodent free. A little milk every day. Seen here basking on my car!

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