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Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby Radgnar » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:05 pm

I am convinced that a rat/squirrel/marmot or other rodent crawled up in my engine compartment while hiking Whitney 2 weeks ago. No damage really was done except they chewed up some of my insulation to make a nest somewhere.

I am heading up to Horseshoe Meadow this weekend and was wondering if there were any other precautions I could take to avoid this problem? I know rodents can do damage to the electrical system and want to avoid this problem as much as I can.

Anyone have any tips to keep the creatures away from my engine compartment?

Cody



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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:13 pm

HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby cgundersen » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:17 pm

cody,
That's bad news; Mineral King is famous for this problem, and you need to erect a fence (chicken wire or similar) around your vehicle, but I was not aware that the problem is spreading; the other option is to get something they don't like smelling (castor oil?) and put a tray under your vehicle, but I think the fence is the best bet.
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:30 pm

Do you live near the coast? Marmots go for salt and if you have been driving on the coast since the last car wash, there could still be salt on your car.
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby Radgnar » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:36 pm

Wow, lots of stories on those links Maverick. Will probably try dryer sheets at least, maybe chicken wire. A $600 mechanic bill does not sound pleasing to me.

Thanks,
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby FeetFirst » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:52 pm

I recently read a Mineral King trip report where a guy used a large blue poly tarp per the advice of the ranger and returned after a long trek with no damage to his truck. Apparently, he set out a large blue poly tarp, drove onto it, and then cinched it up high around all sides of the vehicle. See topic and pics here: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... d_id=78578
I'm still rather convinced that you can achieve more than you've ever dreamed of if you just lower your standards.
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby cahikr » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:59 pm

Having left my vehicle at this trailhead from 1 to 10 day's on many occasion I have not had problems with any critters.
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby sekihiker » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:45 pm

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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby madeintahoe » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:29 pm

Radgnar.....Were you parked at the Portal? Or another TH...I am also curious how many days you had the car parked?
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby John Dittli » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:24 pm

I've been having problems with ground squirrels doing the same thing at my home here on the eastside. Pulling insulation and chewing wires under hood. This summer I've placed Bounce dryer sheets around the car (easier than un-wrapping the car every time I have to drive :) ) seems to working so far. I've been told they have to be Bounce!
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby KathyW » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:13 pm

I've had rodents eat wiring in my truck a couple times. The check engine light didn't go on until at home; so it could have happened at home or a trailhead. $600 repair bill the first time and $1400 repair bill the second time. It's been two years now since the last repair job, but recently my I had my cabin air filter replaced it had a lot of large rodent droppings in it.
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Re: Rodent/Marmot problem at Trail Head

Postby Yury » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:55 pm

John Dittli wrote:This summer I've placed Bounce dryer sheets around the car (easier than un-wrapping the car every time I have to drive :) ) seems to working so far. I've been told they have to be Bounce!
How many dryer sheets did you use?
Do you have a picture by any chance?
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