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Old 02-15-2020, 03:57 PM   #1
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Missing rat trap

OK, I know this sounds ridiculous, but I have a missing rat trap hiding somewhere (with attached rat, I presume) in my Alante 32N. The same trap had caught and killed a rat the previous day.

I have opened up and cleaned everywhere that I can, searched all underneath areas, climbed into the compartment in front of the engine and still haven’t found it or a hole big enough for the trap to allow it out. The smell disappeared after the cleaning but its back again, rotting rat?

Any suggestions?? All help gratefully appreciated.
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Do you know anyone that has a beagle? The beagle may be able to pinpoint where the rat is.
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Actually any dog will likely go to where the smell is. I know ours sure would and it's not a beagle.
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We’ve tried two barn cats and they didn’t show much interest anywhere!
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Under or in bedding, pillows and cushions? All vents and voids? It didn't get out so it won't get better. Start taking off paneling that is held on by screws.
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Took out all soft goods already, removed all removable panels and examined areas that I can’t open with a camera.
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Are your slides extended? Can you inspect underneath them from the outside? Check behind bottom and tops seals from outside.
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Are your slides extended? Can you inspect underneath them from the outside? Check behind bottom and tops seals from outside.
Have had them out and looked under - havenít looked behind the seals, will try that tomorrow!
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Could it have gotten in from under the dash? Maybe chewed through a fresh air vent hose under there.
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Could it have gotten in from under the dash? Maybe chewed through a fresh air vent hose under there.
Opened up the dash and found evidence (droppings) of their travels but no holes or damage.
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Did you find the trap?
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Did you find the trap?
OP states itís still attached to the rat so Iím assuming not
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I know it’s not much help now, but I learned this lesson with a rat trap in our stick n brick attic. Sucker ran off with trap into the insulation. Finally found him and put him out of his misery, but I’ve always wired the trap to a joist after that.
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I know it’s not much help now, but I learned this lesson with a rat trap in our stick n brick attic. Sucker ran off with trap into the insulation. Finally found him and put him out of his misery, but I’ve always wired the trap to a joist after that.
Yes Lucky, exactly! These are clever little buggers.

Shortly after we moved into our new house, a rat had buroughed himself between the drywall in the garage and the insulation, I had to remove a 2'X4' piece of drywall to get at him.

A 2 ounce piece of 22lr lead tucked behind his left ear took care of the problem.
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Yes Lucky, exactly! These are clever little buggers.

Shortly after we moved into our new house, a rat had buroughed himself between the drywall in the garage and the insulation, I had to remove a 2'X4' piece of drywall to get at him.

A 2 ounce piece of 22lr lead tucked behind his left ear took care of the problem.
Sadly, I used a screwdriver, but I still put a hole through the ceiling
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Have had them out and looked under - haven’t looked behind the seals, will try that tomorrow!
Well, I looked behind the seals and still no sign!

I’ve put steel wool and expanding foam in every hole I can access, I’ve also installed 4 ultrasonic rodent repellers. No signs of any more “invasions.”

Thanks everyone for your suggestions and advice - I guess it will be an unsolved mystery!
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If it's in there somewhere it won't go unsolved for long.
Keep us posted, I'm interested to see where it went.
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If it ever shows up I’ll be sure to post!
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If it's in there somewhere it won't go unsolved for long.
Huron is correct, the smell will lead you right to it.
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Huron is correct, the smell will lead you right to it.
This is a good reason to never, ever use D-Con rat killer! The rat will go somewhere and die and it will stink!!!

I worked at a forklift dealer and the service manager used D-Con all over the shop. One of the b**tards died under a large rack behind the parts department where we got to smell it everyday. Once we found it (guess who had to dispose of the rat) I told the service manager if he used D-con again, I'd find a place in his office where he would never find it but he would know it was there.

I also said if he bought traps, I would be more than happy to empty them when they did their job.

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