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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, 11:14 AM   #2
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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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Old 06-16-2016, 11:59 AM   #5
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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.
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+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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