Rats in South Carolina #222528 - Ask Extension


Rats in South Carolina #222528

Asked December 15, 2014, 7:01 AM EST

I live outside of Charleston SC on the coast and have just had damage to my car totaling $4000.00, caused by rats. Picture included of rat in my engine.( three were in the engine when I started the car,causing extensive damage.)
My car is parked in a car port.We did trap two in my attic last summer, but no evidence of any more after repairs were made around chimney. I believe they are Marsh Rats. I am trying to find some effective means of prevention,as all the popular methods do not work or are dangerous to other animals( moth balls, peppermint, ultrasonic equipment. Can you offer any suggestions?

Charleston County South Carolina

Expert Response

This is the best article I found as I researched your problem. It is very comprehensive and should have some information you can use. Good luck clearing up your problem.


This link is for your nearest Cooperative Extension Office.


Have a happy holiday. 

Pat Van Gorder, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer

Athens MasterGardener Replied December 22, 2014, 2:33 PM EST

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