How do you keep critters out of your Ferrari or other car?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by DBR328&330, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. DBR328&330

    DBR328&330 Formula Junior

    May 31, 2001
    Winchester, VA
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    Daniel Reese
    The rat ppoison I put in my garage has kept critters from setting up shop in my garage and eating my Ferraris. However my beater car (92 Sentra SE-R, owned since new), which is kept outside, has literally been destroyed by animals. The undersurface is all chewed up and many wires are gone and hoses leak. I need a beater car and have the opportunity to get another old SE-R. Any way to prevent the same thing from happening again? Moth balls? Some sort of electric device?

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  3. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor F1 World Champ
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    Sep 25, 2002
    Moth balls.

    Lots of Moth balls.
  4. GarnetRedCoupe

    GarnetRedCoupe Formula Junior

    Mar 21, 2004
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    ditto. It may smell sometimes, but it sure beats finding a nest in your engine!
  5. thecarreaper

    thecarreaper F1 World Champ
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    get 2 cats. no critters will stay around.
  6. GTO84

    GTO84 Formula Junior

    Dec 13, 2003
    Buy 2 Main Coon mouser cats. Theyll eat every rodent and insect on your property. Or a .22 rifle with a scope and subsonic rounds.
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  8. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 14, 2003
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    Last time I did this (17 years ago) I found out the hard way that my neighbor was a police captain.

    That one got interesting when the chopper with the sniper hovered into the back lot!

    Ahh, in my youth! :D:D:D:D:D

  9. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor F1 World Champ
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    Sep 25, 2002
    wow!!! details!
  10. Ricambi America

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    I have an ultrasonic pest eliminator that can cycle from small bugs to all the way up to mice and squirrels. It does an outstanding job, and nothing even wants to get near that sound.

    (In an old, poorly insulated house, it's amazing what'll camp-out in your attic). These things do work, and they're worth their price -- but they're not silent, in fact they're quite loud.

    Prior to the zapper device, I used a Wal-Mart pellet gun with a decent scope. I found that if you surgically remove a few rodents, the word gets out into the community (rodent community, that is) to avoid your house. Mrs. JRR was seriously pissed at my indiscriminate killing of small furry animals hence we bought the zapper.

  11. RacerX_GTO

    RacerX_GTO F1 World Champ
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    Nov 2, 2003
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    Gabe V.
    Heh, I was backing out Henry's 512M out of the garage for a drive this weekend and found a decent sized spider web in the passenger floor when the sunlight exposed the mess. Blasted bugs!

    It may have already been discussed, but do those inflatable 'auto cocoon' gadgets work? I would at least think it to do something at bug/rodent prevention, in addition to electronic pest repellants.
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  13. Jdubbya

    Jdubbya Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 28, 2003
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    The cats are a good idea but my suggestion would be to drive it regularly (even though I know it's sometimes hard). In a way I guess I'm lucky as several of my neighbors have cats that seem to like hanging out around my house. Keeps the rodents down without any of the headaches of ownership!
  14. ScuderiaRossa

    ScuderiaRossa Formula 3
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    Mar 22, 2001
    I just removed a volleyball-sized midden from behind the master cylinder of my 328. It was very old, because the mouse I found in it was practically mummified. I've been using moth balls and traps in my garage and they seem to work.
  15. PeterS

    PeterS Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I always honk my horn before starting the engine. About ten years ago, a cat had gone to sleep in my engine bay on a cold night. Needless to say, it was 'kitty parts' all over the place when I started my car. That one shook me up. I like cats.
  16. Zupra

    Zupra F1 Rookie

    Mar 31, 2004
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    Thats sad i love kittys :(
  17. smsmd

    smsmd Karting

    Nov 12, 2003
    San Jose, California
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    Steven Scates MD
    I tried the cocoon, but had a couple of issues with it. First, my feral cats scratched a tear into it. Second, when inflated, it covered my wall electrical outlets. Finally, if the power goes off, it deflates. There is a gadget to use the car battery in case that happens, but then you can kill your battery.

    I use one of the zip-up bags you drive into now. It definitely keeps the animals away. Unfortunately, the same feral cats and a skunk have been known to mark it as territory. The car has to be dry, as the older ones, at least, don't breathe. If you use the car weekly, the zippers last about 3 years, it seems. I just replaced mine.


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