What’s the deal with squirrels wreaking havoc under the hood?

What’s the deal with squirrels wreaking havoc under the hood?

A quantity of auto entrepreneurs in London, Ont., are asking yourself why this year’s crop of squirrels are wreaking havoc on their vehicles’ engines, costing them hundreds of bucks in repairs after rodents chewed by means of wiring below their hoods.

“The initial time I noticed something was just after lifting my hood and noticing the engine cover was remaining gnawed away at,”  claimed Anna Chamberlain who very first put in $700 fixing her car’s damaged wiring harness past summer season. 

It appeared like teeth marks from a rodent of some type, she reported.

Then, past thirty day period, she popped the hood of her vehicle once again though it was parked outdoors at perform. She was astonished to locate pile of branches laid out on leading of her engine.

It cost Anna Chamberlain $700 to repair the damage to her car after a rodent chewed through the vehicle's wiring harness.
It cost Chamberlain $700 to maintenance the hurt to her auto soon after a rodent chewed by the vehicle’s wiring harness. (Submitted by Anna Chamberlain)

“I appeared less than the hood and there was a bed of pine boughs that you or I could have lied down on and experienced a nap,” she  laughed. “It was that thick.”

Chamberlain reported two co-workers have had equivalent challenges. It cost a person of them $3,000 to fix.

It is unquestionably squirrels, explained Chamberlain’s mechanic, Dean Watson of Dean Watson’s Auto Repairs.

“You can tell by the dimension of the nests they’re building,” he said. “We have experienced many shoppers in the final 5 to six months with the exact same situation as Anna Chamberlain.

“It is not as negative as individuals getting catalytic converters, but it can be obtaining there,” reported Watson.

Are the wires delicious?

“Are the squirrels lacking one thing in their diet regime?” questioned Watson. “Why all a sudden are they heading beneath hoods of cars and chewing off wiring harnesses. I really don’t recognize it.”

The squirrels are generally after the plastic masking, said Ben Dantzer, a College of Michigan biology associate professor who specializes in rodents.

“Whether they are having something tasteful, it is really tricky to say,” he said.

Wires may contain sodium salts, which can be attractive to squirrels, although some organizations are now manufacturing wiring that will essentially repel modest animals.

In the meantime, each Watson and Chamberlain propose using some residence cures. 

Consider sprinkling cayenne pepper around your motor, said Watson.

Dean Watson of Dean Watson's Auto Repair, says in the last three months he's seen about eight cars where a squirrel has chewed through the vehicle's wiring harness.
Dean Watson of Dean Watson’s Car Restore claims that in the past 3 months, he’s found about eight cars and trucks harmed just after a squirrel chewed by way of wiring harness. (Submitted by Dean Watson)

“Do it each individual two or 3 days. Some individuals combine it with some kind of h2o answer and then increase, they never hassle it anymore lead to they despise cayenne pepper.”

Chamberlain has been screening peppermint oil and dryer sheets, and suggests “dipping cotton balls in peppermint oil and scattering them underneath the hood. Also employing dryer sheets and shoving them in close proximity to your engine so they’re turned away by that.”

Anna Chamberlain recently discovered a nest of pine boughs on her engine, after she'd already paid $700 to fix chewed up wires.
Chamberlain not long ago uncovered a nest of pine boughs on her motor soon after she had now paid $700 to take care of chewed-up wires. (Submitted by Anna Chamberlain)