Wire Eating Rats

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He's a rescue Bengal........even though he's been neutered he is a rat killing machine.
Well whatever he is he is a very handsome fellow with, evidently, just the right amount of "attitude".

He don't eat them but he'll bring them to you for approval.
When I was a kid our cat got lots of rabbits in the yard. He ate most parts of them but always brought the guts to my mother for approval which he didn't get.
 

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Big problem in rural areas are rats that chew through automotive wiring harnesses which can cause thousands of dollars in repairs. I've already seen a Youtube video where a Tesla 3's electrical system was destroyed by a rat. The new Cybertruck is going to be used by people that live in rural areas and farm land. I really hope there's some thought that goes into this issue being that the Cybertruck is all electric
We have a farm, 4 car garage with collectables and after I bought my wife a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee it would not shift out of firs;, rat ate the harness. We have critters so poison is not doable but my wife found these ultra-sonic little thingies that you plug into outlets and they are supposed to make rodents and insects go crazy, I thought SHE was crazy but 2 months into this experiment and not a rat or mouse turd to be seen. I was getting tired of cleaning rodent poop of from my Vette's engine.....perhaps she is on to something.
 

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I had ground hogs chew through the wiring on my Silverado. Not once, but twice. Had to have it towed both times.
 

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Not a car, but this “little” punk did 150K worth of damage at work and caused headaches for a few months. I was furious the the company wouldn’t let me send him to a taxidermist so I could leave him out as a warning to others!

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I live on a larger lot in a more rural part of town and we have giant rats. We have had two incidents in our M3. The first we paid for the service center to fix and the second I pulled the trunk and spliced everything myself (much cheaper). It's surprisingly simple under there and it was pretty obvious where the rat chewed.

I also have a Diesel F350 and while they might like the warm compartment, they don't stay inside when the engine bay heats up. Since the Tesla is always nice and cozy they build pretty big nests in there and drive around town with you.

Also, the wiring on the Model 3 is apparently soy based which they find delicious.

Since then I have sprayed the entire area under the trunk with peppermint oil and did a paper mâché with bounty dryer sheets. No problems since then but we've also put commercial poison traps out.

Tesla is not immune!
 

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Also, the wiring on the Model 3 is apparently soy based which they find delicious.
Ask any owner of a 1992 S Series Mercedes what they think of bean/corn based wire sheath throughout the entire car. It's just another $12,000 bill after the critters, age, heat or short circuits gets to it. Been there, done that on my 600SEL after it turned 10 years old with only 80K miles on it.
Porcupines like rubber brake lines too. You figure that one out fairly fast when the pedal drops to the floor.
 

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We have a farm, 4 car garage with collectables and after I bought my wife a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee it would not shift out of firs;, rat ate the harness. We have critters so poison is not doable but my wife found these ultra-sonic little thingies that you plug into outlets and they are supposed to make rodents and insects go crazy, I thought SHE was crazy but 2 months into this experiment and not a rat or mouse turd to be seen. I was getting tired of cleaning rodent poop of from my Vette's engine.....perhaps she is on to something.
We use these sonic mouse deterrent at work and they do work great.
 

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Big problem in rural areas are rats that chew through automotive wiring harnesses which can cause thousands of dollars in repairs. I've already seen a Youtube video where a Tesla 3's electrical system was destroyed by a rat. The new Cybertruck is going to be used by people that live in rural areas and farm land. I really hope there's some thought that goes into this issue being that the Cybertruck is all electric
Well tesla’s right now have flat bottoms with no holes. So there is no little holes or exposed areas for rats to crawl up under your car like ICE cars. Also, many of the wires used in tesla’s are a lot thicker than the wires in ICE cars as tesla acknowledges how wire dependent their cars are.
 

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I should have known better to read these comments. Now I am getting ads with pictures of rats and my wife is not happy.

But it really is a good topic. critters do crawl into spaces in vehicles and where critters go so does water and dirt. Suspension is hard to enclose but an EV can be sealed up (yes, even float) as they don't need to aspirate or require significant cooling.
 

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