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Squirrels - eating engine wires
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Jim    Posted 03-09-2004 at 18:37:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Had a squirrel get in the engine of my truck and chew up the wiring, hoses and vaccum lines. Put ammonia rags and flashing light in the car.

Anything else I can do? What can you do to get rid of them? (In the city so target practice is not an option.)

Thanks, Jim

deadcarp    Posted 03-10-2004 at 01:40:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep critters like shelter and food but they can be destructive if they run short. Red squirrels are definitely on my banned list, with skunks & snapping turtles. I like greys but won't allow a red near the place. This way when the john deere first starts in the spring, acorns come raining down - otherwise it probly wouldn't start. So i guess either shoot them or feed them. BTW 22s are deadly accurate & have shot more city things than people think. Unless you do, nobody can tell where 1 round came from. :)

jdemaris    Posted 03-09-2004 at 19:39:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have the same problem, but mostly with mice. They like to build nests inside the heater cores in our cars, so every damn time you turn the heat on it smells like a giant mouse toliet. They also love my diesel powered trucks. Think it's the extra hood insulation. Twice they've taken it, and then built a nest inside the intake manifold of the engine. A car-dealer friend of mine says he uses soap in his cars. Irish Spring. Says the mice and such can't stand the smell of it. Now, I've got a bar of it in all my cars, trucks, and tractors. I found little bites taken out of the soap, but that's about it. No more damage so far.

Bob    Posted 03-09-2004 at 19:22:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hot pepper extract (capcaisin). Go to Google and search for:

hot pepper extract animal repellent

(2530 "hits".)

TB    Posted 03-09-2004 at 19:08:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
means you have too meny squirls. Try lead

TB    Posted 03-09-2004 at 19:08:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
means you have too meny squirls. Try lead

Ron,ar    Posted 03-09-2004 at 19:03:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a similar problem with field rats under the hood of a ford taurus v-6. Chewed the injector wiring harness up. Also found pecans laying all over the manifold. You might put rat poison under the hood somewhere, thhats what we did.
They loose horsepower when a couple of them get out of their squirrel cage:^)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-09-2004 at 19:03:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had rats and mice eat the wiring in this house before we had moved in.
A couple cats took care of our problem.

Amonnia, moth balls might help and keep you out as well.

Sorry, Board's so quiet, I just had to answer. There'll be some good ideas along soon I'm sure.

UncleTom    Posted 03-10-2004 at 03:03:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I havent had any luck with moth balls for mice. They still had a hay day in a car i stored.

jeanette    Posted 03-10-2004 at 04:41:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have that same trouble with them eating the wiring in the corn dryers.. at least we did untill we got cats.

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