Popular Truck

We have a Toyota truck that many a young man would love to own. It’s a four-wheel drive, red and shiny – at least it was shiny when it was new 20 years ago. It’s still in good shape and still very popular. One of the residents of our neighbourhood even tried to move into it. I understand that some guys just want to talk “engines” but to build your home on top of the engine? That’s just plain crazy.

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That was a while back, but apparently this Toyota truck is still popular. Today as our dog, Ruby, was going for a ride to the wharf with my husband, she didn’t want to get into the truck. This is a dog who perks up at the mention of the word “truck” and is in the cab before you get the door completely open. She hovered and paced around the outside of the front of the truck, sniffing and running from one side of the truck to the other. When my husband lifted the hood, he found what was so interesting. If you look carefully at the top right corner under the hood, you’ll see what smelled so enticing to Ruby.

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He hitched a ride to the wharf and to the other side of town while my husband ran errands, and arriving back in our own yard, he was still clinging to the engine parts, not eager to leave his new home at all. He didn’t want to risk jumping down to make a run for it because Ruby was again, panting all around the hood of the truck, but I don’t understand why the rat didn’t jump down when the truck was parked in several other places before coming home again. Almost as if he knew those places weren’t his address.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he were still under the hood now, feeling safe, with plenty of wiring to chew through. Last time he chewed the hoses that supply the windshield washer fluid. Another time it was the wiring from the spark plugs.  Rats like to chew things. I’m hoping this one likes to chew on peanut butter because that’s what’s in the trap that is now also taking up residence under the hood.

I hesitated to post this because it’s a bit embarrassing to admit there are rats in the yard, but they are all over town and their numbers are growing. Even some of the box stores and car dealerships have admitted to having a plague of them.  As long as they don’t come into the house, I can co-exist with them, but we do have measures in place to try to deal with them. We would be overrun with them if we didn’t. For now, one little visitor makes for interesting conversation, at least until he is caught.

I’m sorry to say we have to get rid of this rat, but I already feel kind of bad for him. He’s so cute.

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Newsflash: I just got the word that the rat has gone to heaven. My husband, being a fisherman, angled for him, got him out of the truck engine and when the rat spit the hook, Ruby killed it, so it didn’t suffer for long. (Sorry to have to tell you that.)

Apologies to all the “faint-of-heart” readers, but this is the reality of living in a place that isn’t “uptown” or “downtown” but rather “out of town.”

23 thoughts on “Popular Truck

  1. Yuk, I do understand. I live in the country and it is a continuing battle of ownership. I pay for the gas and insurance so I have the better claim for ownership.
    I keep a package of Just One Bite rat bait bars tucked away next to the window washer water container, so my unwanted visitors have free access to the bait bars 24/7. Seems to work for me.

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    • We have ours set up in a box that only rats or mice will go into (not birds and not dogs or cats). That was working great for a while but I think the rats figured it out, so we had to change our M. O. Will go back to the bait box later. You can see it in front of our woodpile on the ground – a gray box with a hole at each end and a big piece of wood on top to keep the lid on. Good to hear that you have a similar problem (not really, but misery loves company, right?) and that you’re dealing with it as we are.

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  2. I have two fox terriers that do a magnificent job of keeping these from the house… they are too fast and snappy for the critters, so I’m afraid they are not welcome near us… and those that the dogs don’t get I get, sometimes I have to jump on them… 260 lbs of Bulldog does tend to flatten them beyond recognition…

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  3. What a surprising find in the engine of the truck, that would freak a lot of people out I’m sure. We have plenty of rats around but also the predators too, so it all stays in reasonable balance. If one got into my engine and started chewing wires and pipes though….well it’d be sorry, a bit like yours 🙂

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    • They also like the lawn mower.Guess they feel it’s safe under the hood. Out of sight, out of mind. We do have owls and eagles here. They sit in the firs next to our place. I think the owls (especially) keep the number of rats down, but it looks like they haven’t been doing their job lately. We keep our compost in a tightly closed compost bin, and there’s nothing lying around for rats to eat here, but there is a birdfeeder, and we have a good stockpile of wood in the woodshed, so there’s a cozy place for rats to live. I’ll have to send a note to the owls and ask them to work overtime.

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    • For the most part I like being “outta town” but it has its little problems now and then. Hope Daniel doesn’t run into any vehicle problems with rats chewing the hoses. This kind of thing didn’t happen much in the “old days.” Seems worse now.

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      • We have that problem in our roof sometimes. They chew on wires and that’s dangerous, not just for them, but for us. So I try to knock on the ceiling to get rid of them . . . .

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    • I had to chuckle about you knocking on the roof. I think it’s going to take more than that to get rid of them. They’re very sneaky, resourceful, smart, determined, stubborn….what else? Hungry for wires!! My in-laws found one in their crawl space one time (years ago). It had chewed its way through their Christmas ornaments they had stored there, and then started chewing the wires to the furnace and electrocuted itself. No trap needed. So just go out and buy a furnace for your attic. 😉

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  4. Aww. poor guy, but that’s the way life is here, unfortunately. Dangerous. I understand the hesitance about sharing the rat story. Where I grew up, if a roach was found in someone’s house, those people were likely disgusting pigs. When I moved to Florida I learned it was a common thing (after almost puking the first time I found one). The bugs here are the size of small vehicles. They never die because it never/rarely freezes here, and they travel. Hope you don’t find anymore furry critters in your engine.

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    • Exactly! That’s why no one wants to confess to ever having seen a rat in their yard, but when you go to buy rat poison or go get your truck hoses replaced, the employees will tell you that they’ve had a real run on Warfarin or that they get truck repairs with rat damage in the shop about once a week. Not sure which is worse -.rats or roaches. I don’t like bugs, especially big ones. Thanks for sharing, Lori.

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  5. Auf Bildern sehen sie niedlich aus, liebe Anneli. 🙂 Solange sie nicht im Haus sind. 🙂
    Aber da hätte Pepper vermutlich Spaß. Er frisst zur Not auch Mäuse. 🙂
    Bei uns sind es Marder, die Kabel an den Autos durchbeißen.

    Liebe Grüße,
    Martina

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    • No rats in the house! No mice either. They really can’t get in, but if they did, Ruby would have them in a split second. We live in a rural area and there are rats in the whole neighbourhood, but I’ve seen them in town too. You just have to try to keep the numbers down. Between the rat poison and a rat killing dog, it’s not too bad.

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