I spent about 1 1/2 hours washing and detailing my Jeep this morning. Looked great.
I came inside for a bit. When I went outside to my Jeep, I heard chewing coming from the driver's side. I instantly knew what it was.
I live in the desert and it's rat season. I've shot a couple, poisoned other. For some reason, they won't go into the rat traps. We took the hose to every single hole in the engine compartment and to every hole outside and under the Jeep. We flushed out some poop and nesting. Then my husband noticed a large nest under the cowling. We took the cowling off and he had 6' of rope and pieces of that spray foam insulation. He had started chewing on a few wires but nothing serious.
My question is: are there any compartments on the drivers side where the rat can hide that I couldn't hit with the hose?
We keep both my Jeep and my husband's diesel 4x4 in the garage. They don't go into his truck so I'm wondering if it's the smell of diesel? If that's the case, I'm going to soak a rag with diesel and put it in the Jeep. I have some of those electronic pest controllers I'm going to put in various places in the engine. I tried mothballs in my old truck but I don't know if that really worked.
I've been using my .22 to shoot the rats but I'm so ticked, I'm going to start using hollow points in my .357.
Any tips on rat control?