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Old 04-24-2016, 10:20 AM
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Question Squirrels chewing electronic wires?

Hey guys. Noob here. Will be getting my new rubi in a few months. Just had a question about the wires in the Wrangler. My mother has a Nissan Frontier and had an issue with squirrels chewing the outside part of the wiring. (you know...the plastic colored outer part of the wiring. She had to pay about $400 to get it repaired/replaced. I have heard it had something to do with peanut oil used in the wiring covering? Not sure if somebody was pulling my leg or what. But...has anyone ever heard of this? And if so...what can I do to keep the squirrels from doing something similar to my vehicle? (Side note...my dad feeds squirrels peanuts everyday from the back yard..not sure if that had anything to do with it) Is there like...an..anti-squirrel spray I can spray? Or put like...hawk scented spray on it? lol

Any ideas would be helpful. I just don't want to pay extra $$ on replacing wires if a less expensive deterrent would work. Thanks!

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Squirrels will eat insulation on phone lines, video surveillance lines, and apparently vehicle wiring. Feeding squirrels is a trade off, they are fun to watch but can be destructive at the same time. A few moth balls distributed under the jeep and maybe under the hood will keep most bugs, snakes and varmints away. If you don't mind the smell they produce. They actually do sell a squirrel and animal repellent you can get. We use moth balls at our deer camp and it does a pretty good job on snakes and other critters. Good luck

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Thanks Bone! I hadn't thought about mothballs. Great idea! I personally don't mind the smell of mothballs as long as it's not too much! Maybe I could get some zip ties and hang a little bag of them up under my hood somewhere.

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Never had squirrels eating wire, but rats yes. Insurance picked up the repair bill.
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There's a lot of aftermarket solutions to this. I prefer 410 over .22... But to each his own.
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Thanks for the input Terry. Question: insurance picking it up....If I am not mistaken...normally there is a deductible that needs to be met before insurance would cover stuff. Do you have a really low deductible or is it something that would be just covered deductible free? Or was it just really expensive and worth the claim? I know (well..I think) some things are covered deductible free like windshield replacement... at least in FL.
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lol. How about a 10 gauge!? lol
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Thanks for the input Terry. Question: insurance picking it up....If I am not mistaken...normally there is a deductible that needs to be met before insurance would cover stuff. Do you have a really low deductible or is it something that would be just covered deductible free? Or was it just really expensive and worth the claim? I know (well..I think) some things are covered deductible free like windshield replacement... at least in FL.
Covered by comprehensive. My deductible is $100 and it is just a few dollars difference between $500 and $100. Always go low with comp.
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Interesting - I have parked my vehicles outside here for over 20 years and have quite a few tree rats (aks squirrels), but have not had them chew on the wiring. Of course I don't sit outside and feed the damn things, and they have plenty of acorns to eat from all the oak trees here. (I have naturally well fed tree rats). Maybe feeding them peanuts gave them a taste for peanuts and that's what they no go after.

They do drive the Dobermans to distraction. They seem to take offense to their being on the same planet with them.
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Covered by comprehensive. My deductible is $100 and it is just a few dollars difference between $500 and $100. Always go low with comp.
I agree, I lowered my comp down to $100 and was pleased that it really didn't cost much more.
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ja I think my deductible is $500. I think it's a nice medium between $100 and $1000. I also got quoted for Wrangler Sport and wrangler Rubi..About $200 difference per year...not too bad. (I also don't have sucky coverage..in FL the minimum legal limit is 10,000/20,000...so...if anyone here travels to Florida...make sure you have Uninsured motorist coverage!)
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Ja, my dad is disabled and his exciting part of the day is feeding his squirrels. I think you're right on them developing a taste for them. It's actually pretty funny watching them. They know when he comes outside it's feeding time. We have crows, blue jays, squirrels...one raccoon and even a woodpecker that will take the peanuts. I think I will just do the mothball idea. Sounds pretty good.
What is VERY interesting though...is that the squirrels here..will NOT eat the peanuts unless they are the roasted peanuts. We have some picky squirrels! lol
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Interesting - I have parked my vehicles outside here for over 20 years and have quite a few tree rats (aks squirrels), but have not had them chew on the wiring. Of course I don't sit outside and feed the damn things, and they have plenty of acorns to eat from all the oak trees here. (I have naturally well fed tree rats). Maybe feeding them peanuts gave them a taste for peanuts and that's what they no go after.

They do drive the Dobermans to distraction. They seem to take offense to their being on the same planet with them.
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Rats with cute tails. I poke holes in squirrels and make them "leak".

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I think I would need a 12 or 10 gauge with bird or buck shot. Couldn't use .22s because I have the coordination of a horse on roller skates.
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Ja, my dad is disabled and his exciting part of the day is feeding his squirrels. I think you're right on them developing a taste for them. It's actually pretty funny watching them. They know when he comes outside it's feeding time. We have crows, blue jays, squirrels...one raccoon and even a woodpecker that will take the peanuts. I think I will just do the mothball idea. Sounds pretty good.
What is VERY interesting though...is that the squirrels here..will NOT eat the peanuts unless they are the roasted peanuts. We have some picky squirrels! lol
Is it the plain roasted as in cocktail peanuts, or dry roasted or honey roasted? Tell him to shift to popcorn or cut up pieces of bread, anything except peanuts. They may go for the popcorn because of the salt.

One thing you can do is buy up a lot of the split wire loom cover in various sizes and make sure all the bare wires are covered with it.

http://www.amazon.com/Support-Split-...ords=wire+loom
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Good idea on that Amazon link you posted. But I am thinking that would only be a minor deterrent. As I have mentioned...I am a plumber. I have seen rats and other rodents chew through just about anything....PVC pipes, CPVC pipes...rubber boots..even those lead flashings that are on your roof covering the sewer pipes. (Which reminds me...if you ever set out rat poison...make sure you put a bowl of water nearby...rats are (I believe) unable to vomit..so they will go for water trying to dilute the poison...if there is no nearby water...they will chew through your water lines (if they are plastic) to get to it)

As for switching to bread or popcorn..how about just getting those spicy peanuts!? or dip all the peanuts in hot sauce? lol..one time my dog got ahold of some hot sauce and was running around the house like she was on fire. lol
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Is it the plain roasted as in cocktail peanuts, or dry roasted or honey roasted? Tell him to shift to popcorn or cut up pieces of bread, anything except peanuts. They may go for the popcorn because of the salt.

One thing you can do is buy up a lot of the split wire loom cover in various sizes and make sure all the bare wires are covered with it.

http://www.amazon.com/Support-Split-...ords=wire+loom
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We've had two cars sustain wire chewing damage from mice. Opened the hood one day and saw the mouse in there. Couldn't get at him, but put some rat poison pellets under the hood and he didn't come back.
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Found this under my hood

A lot of damage and our gov't owned insurance is talking about writing it off! Do the mothballs under the hood work? Believe me, it's open season now that they messed with my JK!

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Not sure about mothballs, but I have found that since I got a Great Dane, wildlife eating stuff hasn't been much of a problem at my house!
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Had this problem with a Ford Explorer a number of years back. Tree rats like the plastic sheathing used on most automotive applications' wiring because it's partially made with peanut oil (for heat resistance and elasticity). Mothballs will fend them off, until they're really in the swing of fattening up for winter. Then that plastic feels like the perfect food for them because they think it's a fat-filled peanut. Best bet is to cull the numbers until whatever food you do put out for them is more than enough. Alternative if you don't feel like shooting or poisoning would be to put out Suet blocks or something else that's high in fat content that the squirrels will enjoy. I suggest shelled sunflower seeds - don't give them a taste for peanuts or they'll seek it out.

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What brilliant mind decided to make accessible-from-the-outside auto parts out of an oil that attracts animals to eat it? Sheesh...

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Happened to my wife's MDX a while back. She went to start the car and every warning light was lit. They had chewed through a major wiring harness. It was an expensive fix.
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I work on power lines for a living, and you would not believe how many outages are caused by squirrels. Probably close to 10 a week that I alone see. They do in fact chew on wire insulation and will actually chew on the aluminum conductor itself. I was told before that something in the insulation tastes sweet to squirrels, so the peanut oil theory may be true.

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