BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-18-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
Kracken
Private First Class
 
Drives: 2011 AW 135i DCT M Sport
Join Date: May 2012
Location: San Antonio, TX

Posts: 107
iTrader: (0)

MAJOR effin' PROBLEM.....RAT(S)

That's right!
I was out in the garage smoking and noticed chewing sounds behind my front bumper...WTF??
Popped the hood and saw a nice collection of half eaten eggcorns lying on the plastic behind the rad so I thought it was a squirrel-no, it's worse, I actually saw a naked rat tail gliding past as I was shining a flashlite down there..oh the horror.
So far everything on the car still works & glad I noticed this now before systems started failing due to chewed up wires. 3 Spring loaded rat traps with roast beef for bait are now spread around the garage. I guess they really love how the undercarriage is almost completely covered in plastic underneath the car. Great for nesting apparently
Wish me luck and ill keep u posted.... ugh

Any other suggestions greatly appreciated. Cleaning the clutter in the garage is the first thing up to prevent this from happening again
__________________
2011 AW 135i
Kracken is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-18-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
AntonV
Lieutenant
 
AntonV's Avatar
 
Drives: Sedona/Savanna 135i
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Long Island, NY

Posts: 520
iTrader: (0)

How many did you see? 3 traps won't do it. You need bait boxes.
__________________
2009 135i Coupe - Sedona Red Metallic - Savanna Beige - 6MT- ///M Sports Package - Boston Leather - Power/Heated Seats

2005 BMW F650 GS - Mandarin Yellow - Farkled
AntonV is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-18-2012, 11:55 PM   #3
Walter_Sobchak
Private
 
Drives: 2010 AW 135I
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Redondo Beach, CA

Posts: 51
iTrader: (1)

Bummer, glad you found 'em quick-like. I had a (single) rat problem and it took 15 minutes. I got a spring-loaded plastic "pac man" style trap at the hardware store and some cat food. Went out for a cup of coffee and returned. Done.
Walter_Sobchak is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 05:47 AM   #4
lovesacdc
New Member
 
Drives: 123d convertible
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Sydney Australia

Posts: 21
iTrader: (0)

Bloody hell! Good luck.
lovesacdc is offline   Australia
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 06:30 AM   #5
kleach18
Essayons
 
kleach18's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 135i
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Dallas, Tx

Posts: 375
iTrader: (0)

Walking through the auto parts store out here in Germany I came across something interesting. It was a little box that had a speaker grill/hole. It was a battery powered radio looking thing that sends out a sound/pulse that the rodents can stand.. Not sure if it actually works but it looked interesting. Maybe you can look around for something like that until you solve the infestation problem of your garage?
__________________
/ 135i - M-Sport / 6-Speed / BMW Performance Exhaust / BMS Intake / JB4 Stage 2 ISO + Flex Fuel Wires / BMS 3.5in Down Pipe / CP-E Charge Pipe / Wagner 255 in-line fuel pump / BMS H8 AE / BMS SSK / APEX EC-7's with Nitto NT05's / COBB Tuning Sport Springs / Koni Yellows / Wagner Evo 1 / Blacklines / iCarbon Rear Diffuser / BMW Performance shift knob/boot / BMW Performance Steering Wheel /
kleach18 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #6
bmw1racer
bimmerphile, technogeek
 
bmw1racer's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 128i Coupe 6MT Sport
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: SoCal

Posts: 1,930
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by kleach18 View Post
It was a battery powered radio looking thing that sends out a sound/pulse that the rodents can stand.. Not sure if it actually works but it looked interesting.
I think those gadgets are bogus... They have ones for the home as well that you plug into the outlet.
__________________
bmw1racer is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 10:42 AM   #7
shah269
Captain
 
Drives: 2009
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: NJ

Posts: 960
iTrader: (0)

OK...stop!
Take pictures!
If there is anything wrong with the car it should be covered by home owners insurance.
And good luck they are bastards! Buy a cat!
shah269 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #8
mike the snake
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sonoma County, CA.

Posts: 512
iTrader: (1)

Be careful with those bait boxes. Poisoned rats and mice sometimes will wander around before dying, and are easy for dogs and cats to catch and eat, which then poisons the pet.

This happened to a few pets in my neighborhood.
mike the snake is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #9
MrClean514
Carlos Spicyweiner
 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Fault-line CA

Posts: 33
iTrader: (0)

Kill it with fire!!!
MrClean514 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 03:35 PM   #10
KingOfJericho
Major General
 
KingOfJericho's Avatar
 
Drives: Yes
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: CT

Posts: 5,054
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2010 135i Coupe  [2.63]
My friend's mother had an E46 M3 Vert that she literally never drove (2,000mi in 6 years), and she brought the car in to the dealer because several signals were not working properly. The dealer called a few hours later and asked her to come in. An entire family of mice had made a mouse city beneath the carpet throughout the entire car and ate several wires in the process. The repair cost her $16,000 out of pocket. Dealer said it was the worst infestation they had ever seen and they even considered totalling the car.

Lesson? Make sure they're gone!
__________________
The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bimmerpost.

2010 S4 Current | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Retired
KingOfJericho is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 04:16 PM   #11
madsedan
Registered
 
Drives: 91 318is S50 swap
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Dallas

Posts: 4
iTrader: (0)

A buddy of mine in KC had a racoon chew the wires to his O2 sensor under his 135, these cars must be delicious.
madsedan is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 04:20 PM   #12
Ammonia
Captain
 
Ammonia's Avatar
 
Drives: n54 135i
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Fayetteville, NC

Posts: 738
iTrader: (4)

I had a customer come in who had a fully grown fire ant colony in his car that he was about to trade in. He even had a can of raid in his cup holder. We laughed until tears when we neglected to tell my used car manager who appraised the car... he sat in it, and while he was taking pictures of the mileage he starts doing the ants-dance.

__________________

Mods: JB4 | Berk Race Axel-Back | VSRF DPs | BMS DCI | CM Meth + CMGS Controller | Stett CP | Tial BOV | RR Scoops | BMS LED AE | Matte Grills | 10% Tint | M Pedals | Blackline LCI | CSR Eyelids | Amber Overlays | Rear OEM Flaps | Seibon GTR Hood | Painted Spoiler | H-Style Front Lip | VMR V701s
Ammonia is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 06:34 PM   #13
Got_///M
Second Lieutenant
 
Got_///M's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 BMW 135i
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: DFW

Posts: 207
iTrader: (0)

I feel you man. I have a 2009 Toyota Sequoia. Chewed the hell out of many wires. Cost me a lot of money. My SUV is always parked outside though and gets used very rarely
Got_///M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 07:27 PM   #14
bkbeagle
Private
 
bkbeagle's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 135i Convertible
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Denver, Colorado

Posts: 55
iTrader: (0)

Share your pain.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kracken View Post
That's right!
I was out in the garage smoking and noticed chewing sounds behind my front bumper...WTF??
Popped the hood and saw a nice collection of half eaten eggcorns lying on the plastic behind the rad so I thought it was a squirrel-no, it's worse, I actually saw a naked rat tail gliding past as I was shining a flashlite down there..oh the horror.
So far everything on the car still works & glad I noticed this now before systems started failing due to chewed up wires. 3 Spring loaded rat traps with roast beef for bait are now spread around the garage. I guess they really love how the undercarriage is almost completely covered in plastic underneath the car. Great for nesting apparently
Wish me luck and ill keep u posted.... ugh

Any other suggestions greatly appreciated. Cleaning the clutter in the garage is the first thing up to prevent this from happening again


I feel your pain my friend. Same thing happened to me with my '06 525xi except I didn't discover the little boogers until an oil change and the babies in the nest had been dead for a while - EEEWWW

Anyway , I live out in the country so mice are a constant problem. Solution - I put out bait http://www.d-conproducts.com/products.html and it worked like a charm. I hate the spring loaded traps as they are not reliable so I also bought the "no touch traps" and baited them with peanut butter (Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Kill & Contain® Mouse Trap) - Mice go coocoo for peanut butter. Go figure.

Just make sure that if you have any pets that they don't go near the bait.

Good luck.
__________________
2013 135i Convertible Cashmere Grey, Savanna Beige
Premium Cold & Tech Package, DCT, Dinan S2

2013 335i Mojave Luxury, Dakota Venetian Beige
Cold/Premium Package, NAV, Driver Assist
bkbeagle is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 07:41 PM   #15
Kracken
Private First Class
 
Drives: 2011 AW 135i DCT M Sport
Join Date: May 2012
Location: San Antonio, TX

Posts: 107
iTrader: (0)

Update:
Thanks for all the suggestions!!
1 dead rat in the spring loaded trap when I woke up;
Took car to dealer today to drop the undercarriage plastic cover & inspect. Only slight signs of nibbling and no rat reported....I could have done this myself and saved 139 bucks but didnt want to wait til the weekend to do it.

Dodged a bullet but will continue to bait traps..I'm guessing there must be more than just one rat in the garage.

Have a cat and a dog so the rat poison isnt a good idea
__________________
2011 AW 135i
Kracken is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 08:04 PM   #16
Bimmer B
Private First Class
 
Bimmer B's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 135i Msport
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC

Posts: 102
iTrader: (1)

Try Aspirin!

Try Aspirin,
-Take 3-4 Extra strength aspirin and crush them into a powder.
-Take 2 Tblspoons of peanut butter(irresistible to rats and mice)
-mix the powder into the Peanut butter throughly
-Distribute generously around your garage on a plate close to the walls. Or as bait for your traps, if the bait is stolen without the trap triggering result is still the same.

You now have a rat/mouse trap/poison that if one of your pets was to eat it would be fine.

Best of all your unwanted guest soon after eating will have a Heart Attack!!
The little bastard will go out clutching his chest.

It's worked for me.
Bimmer B is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2012, 09:31 PM   #17
Got_///M
Second Lieutenant
 
Got_///M's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 BMW 135i
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: DFW

Posts: 207
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmer B
Try Aspirin,
-Take 3-4 Extra strength aspirin and crush them into a powder.
-Take 2 Tblspoons of peanut butter(irresistible to rats and mice)
-mix the powder into the Peanut butter throughly
-Distribute generously around your garage on a plate close to the walls. Or as bait for your traps, if the bait is stolen without the trap triggering result is still the same.

You now have a rat/mouse trap/poison that if one of your pets was to eat it would be fine.

Best of all your unwanted guest soon after eating will have a Heart Attack!!
The little bastard will go out clutching his chest.

It's worked for me.
Lol you seem to be enjoying this whole rat killing thing aren't you
Got_///M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #18
doublevanosrc
Loves Runflats.
 
doublevanosrc's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 VW GTi
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin. Tx

Posts: 1,860
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2011 BMW  [0.00]
2011 BMW  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by madsedan View Post
these cars must be delicious.
__________________
2011 135i M Sport
Gone and missed

Last edited by doublevanosrc; 12-20-2012 at 12:41 PM.
doublevanosrc is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #19
ahfunaki
New Member
 
Drives: Not a BMW...yet
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Northeast Ohio

Posts: 23
iTrader: (0)

What's an eggcorn?
__________________


2010 Mazdaspeed3 for now. Hopefully a 135i in the near future...
ahfunaki is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-20-2012, 10:49 PM   #20
m7ammed
1junkie
 
m7ammed's Avatar
 
Drives: Superman 135i
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Saudi Arabia

Posts: 821
iTrader: (0)

Send a message via MSN to m7ammed
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmer B View Post
-Take 2 Tblspoons of peanut butter(irresistible to rats and mice)
And I thought cheese was their favorite food!! Damn you cartoons
__________________

Mod List:
BMW Performance Parts: Front Bumper | Suspension | Exhaust | Gear Knob | Hand Brake | Steering Wheel
www.M7M-Photography.com
m7ammed is offline   Saudi Arabia
0
Reply With Quote
      12-20-2012, 10:52 PM   #21
dorkdog
Big Mouth No Filter
 
dorkdog's Avatar
 
Drives: 128i Montego Blue 6MT Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Puyallup WA

Posts: 587
iTrader: (0)

Acorn?
__________________
We do not inherit the Earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children
dorkdog is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-20-2012, 11:52 PM   #22
Bimmer B
Private First Class
 
Bimmer B's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 135i Msport
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC

Posts: 102
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Got_///M View Post
Lol you seem to be enjoying this whole rat killing thing aren't you
NO freeloaders! The rat/mouse splits the bills they can stay!!!
Bimmer B is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:19 AM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST