RATSVILLE (Ooops, Birdsville)

Submitted: Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 20:01
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We are currently at Birdsville with 4 other vans.
If coming be preparded with anti rat concoctions (we have Naptholine sachets).
Location, turn right approx 100 mts town side of bridge coming from town about 500 mts in.
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Reply By: Theywent Thataway - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 04:27

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 04:27
As said in a previous post...there's always a plague of SOMETHING both there, and Wellington.

Thanks for the alert!....Rats are very ..............YUCK :-(

Is the Napthalene working??

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Follow Up By: Dingley Deserters - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 07:09

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 07:09
Bonnet up, light in engine bay and Nap on ground under engine bay. Nothing eaten yet.

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Follow Up By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 02:47

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 02:47
So.... do these desert rats eat engines or what??

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Reply By: Searenity - Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 03:54

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 03:54
Hi Dingly Deserters,
we have just returned from crossing the Simpson Desert with our Tvan - from Mt Dare to Birdsville. We too have experienced large numbers of mice and rats. When in the Birdsville caravan park, we were advised that rats / mice had eaten the wiring and other rubber / plastic components of several vehicles in the Bedourie and Boulia areas. Apparently some vehicles had to be towed away for wiring repairs as they could not be started.

As an emergency solution, we used insect spray [Baygon] as it was all that was available. Even then we had some rubber parts in the engine bay nibbled.

If you are on 240v there are some ultra-sound products available.

good luck

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Reply By: Dingley Deserters - Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 07:50

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 07:50
We have had varying stories of looms being eaten etc, some say that petrol is more preferred than diesel. We have got about 6 in 1 trap tonight and a couple in a bucket with a stick, bottle and bait, although a couple have managed to get back out of the ss bucket. It's become areal sport, shanghais (gings) are also accepted but a little harder to win with.
We carry on with the fight.
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 18:12

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 18:12
I am reliably informed by an old bushie here that rabbits can be kept away from the veggies by a mixture of urine and water 50/50 sprinkled around the outside of the veggie beds. Worth a try on rats??

Just thinking about it ...........set up a test vehicle and then have the men do a 'willie waving' ceremony followed by a stake out to count the number of rats breaching the 'Pee barrier'. To make it more interesting ......... how about a round of drinks for all contestants (except the rats) each time a rat makes it over the line?

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Reply By: Tellem Bugrem - Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 21:01

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 21:01
How many stubbies do I have to drink to be able to circumpee the rig?

Rob.
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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 at 21:00

Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 at 21:00
As many as it takes.

Scott
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Reply By: kenmarg - Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 21:39

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 21:39
hi. we are camped about 200metres up stream from the dingley deserters, a mate from texas ( qld) a old dogger,has been setting 5 rabbit traps. the score 49 dead rats. ken & margaret brown
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Reply By: Boystoy - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 08:47

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 08:47
A few weeks ago, we were at Boulia for the camel races that weren't
There were several reports of rats eating wiring.
We have the ultimate deterrent, and have had no problems with rats.
We travel with Charlie the famous no-eared-CAT

Neil
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