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Old 06-16-2016, 11:05 AM   #1
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👹 Squirrels!

This may have been covered previously and I just didn't find it but I am looking for advice on how to keep squirrels from chewing the wiring under the hood. It is bad enough they steal my tomatoes off of the vine before they ripen, but now they are chewing on the wiring harness in my AI. I have tried commercial squirrel repellent granules and spray and even fox urine but these little pests are persistent. Any suggestions are appreciated ó especially if it also helps keep them out of my tomatoes too.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:45 AM   #3
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No advice, just sympathy. My VW got chewed on twice. We have a car at work that sat for months, big damage to wiring.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:45 AM   #4
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More tips on keeping squirrels away:

Squirrel Eating Gas Lines!

Most creative: keep a snake under the hood!
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I followed this link and discovered the same problem as reported in the thread it points to.

I decided to try to download real player. However, when I try to use it, it wants access to several things on my Windows computer that are not needed to view a video. These included personal data including my contacts. Therefore I uninstalled it and erased the download file.

Are these videos posted anywhere in a format that can be played other video viewers? I would enjoy seeing them.

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We trap and move them far, far, away. When new ones move in we trap them and move them far, far away.
It's never ending...
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Ha!! I thought we were the only ones that did this. Secret (as far as I know: it's not like we tag them or anything) is to cross a river before releasing. At least then they have to swim for it.

More good fun is to slow motion video the release with iPhone. 😁
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We trap and move them far, far, away. When new ones move in we trap them and move them far, far away.
It's never ending...
+1. I have a friend who has trapped and relocated 38 squirrels in the past 2-3 years.

Good luck!

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We always laid rope lights around the perimeter of our RVs when we fulltimers and never had "varmints" invade our rigs. When we stayed at the Escapees Co-op park in Coarsegold, CA while visiting Yosemite, all the residents, who lived there year round (among a horde of squirrels and other varmints) kept a work light on under the hoods/engine compartments of their rigs and toads. Squirrel problem solved.
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Buggers ate $650 of my truck wires last December . Now I have a trade agreement . I allow a hunter to hunt during deer season and he pops the squirrels as a favor to me . I have yet to get one in my trap . Buggers .
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We trap and move them far, far, away. When new ones move in we trap them and move them far, far away.
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I used to live in Longmont. Were you perhaps moving them to our backyard?

We never had trouble with our Longmont squirrels. We had plenty of them, because my wife fed them. (a side effect of bird feeding)

We moved here to Port Orchard, WA last year. We had some problems with under hood wiring before we got the bird feeders up. It could have been squirrels or rats. Both live in the woods here. Since the Bird feeders have been in use, the visible squirrel population has grown leaps and bounds, but no more squirrel damage to anything except wooden bird feeders.

Perhaps the answer is to keep your local squirrels well fed.

Relocating would be a fulltime job here, because we are in a very wooded area, with a large squirrel population waiting to occupy any recently vacated territory.

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Not trying to be a smart a**, but I've found that one of these makes a whole bunch of potential problems go away, and squirrels are most definitely on that list.

I took this shot while shopping for the best unit for our Interstate, and that did end up being the one I picked.
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A van? Wow, you do have a lot of squirrels. 😏
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Not trying to be a smart a**, but I've found that one of these makes a whole bunch of potential problems go away, and squirrels are most definitely on that list.

I took this shot while shopping for the best unit for our Interstate, and that did end up being the one I picked.
Are squirrels afraid of small grey SUVs or is it a mini van? (I am trying to be a smart ass).

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Are squirrels afraid of small grey SUVs or is it a mini van? (I am trying to be a smart ass).

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Its a minivan and unfortunately it's only males and teenagers of both genders who are afraid of them, not squirrels.


That's my daily driver and my husband sums it up by saying, "I wouldn't want to have to drive it, but I also wouldn't want to live without it."


After two massive hurricane preps and evacuations, I refuse to buy any daily driver that won't inhale a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood. Which incidentally is the case with the Interstate itself (it might could be forced, but the potential for damage to the interior finishes would be high).
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Squirrel Enchiladas will solve your problem. After you skin and gut them, slow cook them in a crock pot until the meat falls off the bones. Then just use the meat in your favorite enchilada recipe.
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Its a minivan and unfortunately it's only males and teenagers of both genders who are afraid of them, not squirrels.
Just thinkÖ if it wasn't for minivans, there would be no soccer moms.
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Squirrel Enchiladas will solve your problem. After you skin and gut them, slow cook them in a crock pot until the meat falls off the bones. Then just use the meat in your favorite enchilada recipe.
The OP is in Fort Worth. If he has a squirrel problem, he's probably in an older urban or residential area because the trees have to reach a certain size for squirrels to flourish. You know how I hate to see people eating anything that has been exposed to the pesticides and herbicides that are used in over-abundance in those types of environments. He said "tomatoes" so he may not use any himself. But his neighbors, ugh...
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Squirrel Enchiladas will solve your problem. After you skin and gut them, slow cook them in a crock pot until the meat falls off the bones. Then just use the meat in your favorite enchilada recipe.
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The OP is in Fort Worth. If he has a squirrel problem, he's probably in an older urban or residential area because the trees have to reach a certain size for squirrels to flourish. You know how I hate to see people eating anything that has been exposed to the pesticides and herbicides that are used in over-abundance in those types of environments. He said "tomatoes" so he may not use any himself. But his neighbors, ugh...
Believe it or not there are LOTS of large trees in many, perhaps most, parts of Fort Worth except the far West, Southwest, and very far Norh neighborhoods. Additionally branches of the Trinity River weaves through much of the city and the banks of the Trinity are all dedicated park land so wild animals have easy and safe access to most neighborhoods. Animal control takes the not unreasonable position the animals were here first and humans are the invaders and leaves the wild critters alone unless they become a public nuisance. (They recently relocated a blind alligator that was bumping into private docks on Lake Worth to a more remote part of the lake where most of the other alligators live. On a previous excursion he got into the Trinity and wandered almost to downtown before he was captured and relocated.)

Our neighborhood is on a bluff above the Trinity where a very large city park is being developed and much of it returned to a "native" conditions. Squirrels, wild turkey, possums, armadillos, raccoons, cottontail rabbits, Jackrabbits, bobcats, foxes, and coyotes are among the residents in the neighborhood. Last year there were several bobcats mothers in the neighborhood teaching their young to hunt the excess squirrel population which kept the squirrels in control and the neighbors entertained watching the cubs in their yards. For whatever reason (maybe competition from the coyotes?) only one bobcat sighting has been reported this year and the squirrel population is multiplying unchecked. As a result the squirrels eating my tomatoes and the wiring in my AI
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