Protect Your Car from Wire-Gnawing Squirrels

No matter where you live, if there are squirrels in the area, there’s a chance one of them could find its way under your hood and start snacking on your car’s wires. These furry little vandals may cause car damage that can lead to unexpected repair costs. The Car Connection says the financial setback can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars to replace shredded hoses, brakes and more.

Why are squirrels attracted to cars? DoItYourself.com suggests that a car engine’s warmth provides a cozy nesting spot for rodents. And, squirrels must chew on things to check the constant growth of their teeth, which may make wires a target. Whatever the reason squirrels wreak havoc under the hood, there are a few tips that can help you keep these toothy troublemakers out of your car.

Roll Out the Un-Welcome Mat

Don’t let your vehicle become home sweet home. The Canadian Wildlife Federation suggests leaving the hood of your car open during the day (if it’s safe to do so) to make your car a less attractive nesting space. Because squirrels aren’t active at night, the Federation says you can close your hood after dark.

Squirrel-Proof Your Garage

If you park your car in your garage, you’re not completely out of the woods. Squirrels can get into your garage through a hole as small as 2 inches, according to houselogic.com. You can help to seal your garage by plugging even the tiniest holes with stainless steel mesh, sheet metal or aluminum flashing.

Leave a Bad Taste in Their Mouths

To keep squirrels away from your ride, the Canadian Wildlife Federation suggests using taste deterrents, like bitter apple spray. Most pet stores and vet clinics carry bitter apple spray, as well as other taste deterrents for wildlife. Use caution and talk to a mechanic before spraying anything directly on your vehicle, though, to help avoid any damage.

As cute and innocent as squirrels may appear to be, they can cause unexpected damage. Taking a few simple steps can help you protect your car from these mischievous marmots.

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