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Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: jh
Date: July 15, 2020 04:22PM
Have not driven my pickup truck much since the virus and noticed when I drove it this week something was amiss. Driver's side signal was blinking too fast. Bulb burned out I suspected but upon opening hood notice a small branch on that side. Doh! This is not good. Looking around more wires to headlamp on driver's side chewed up along with part of the air intake plastic. Probably squirrel(s) since the area was pretty tight next to the hood. We have a carport for the car and concrete pad next to it for the truck. Going to be a costly repair.

Wifey found in the storage building a product called Shot Gun Repels All which I will try around the vehicles I guess.

Other options one could try? Experiences and what worked?
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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 15, 2020 04:27PM
Maybe try pepper spray. Spray something oily first so it will hang around.
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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Schpark
Date: July 15, 2020 04:41PM
I stuff Bounce dryer sheets around my motorcycle and boat and have not had any critter issues.



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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: hal
Date: July 15, 2020 04:45PM
This is common problem in high mountain areas. One trailhead parking lots is notorious and if you don't take the proper precautions, you likely will NOT be able to get down off the mountain.

Here's advice on parking there (you won't like it): [www.nps.gov]

ps - they used to say that building a little fence with chicken wire was a good easy way to protect, but the marmots got smart - maybe it would work on your varmints.




Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/15/2020 04:48PM by hal.
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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 15, 2020 04:50PM
Mix cayenne pepper into Vaseline and rub it onto the wires and exposed areas. Maybe add peppermint oil for good measure.



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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: July 15, 2020 06:29PM
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Schpark
I stuff Bounce dryer sheets around my motorcycle and boat and have not had any critter issues.

This.

Problem is that in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, someone decided to insulate automotive wires with a soy based product. Idiot never thought about it attracting critters.
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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 15, 2020 07:07PM
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macphanatic
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Schpark
I stuff Bounce dryer sheets around my motorcycle and boat and have not had any critter issues.

This.

Problem is that in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, someone decided to insulate automotive wires with a soy based product. Idiot never thought about it attracting critters.

I bought some Walmart brand toilet paper and mice tried to eat it. I guess soy or some other food-like substance was used to make it.
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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Wags
Date: July 15, 2020 07:17PM
The squirrels stuffed sunflower seeds up the tailpipe of my motorcycle one year. It coughed mightily and belched them out all over the garage.
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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 15, 2020 07:55PM
Any effective rodent repellant will work, though you will need to reapply it on a regular basis.



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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 15, 2020 09:28PM
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macphanatic
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Schpark
I stuff Bounce dryer sheets around my motorcycle and boat and have not had any critter issues.

This.

Problem is that in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, someone decided to insulate automotive wires with a soy based product. Idiot never thought about it attracting critters.

And there is a vinyl insulation plasticizer that is almost a chemical match for fish oil. Cat crack-infused power cables.



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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: tenders
Date: July 16, 2020 05:32AM
My parents’ five-year-old Sienna was declared a total loss and was totaled after rodents chewed through the main wiring harness. Expensive to replace + uncertainty of additional wiring issues = new vehicle.
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Re: Arrghh Pesky Critters--How To Keep Them Away From My Vehicle
Posted by: Schpark
Date: July 16, 2020 09:34AM
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Wags
The squirrels stuffed sunflower seeds up the tailpipe of my motorcycle one year. It coughed mightily and belched them out all over the garage.

That's why one drier sheet goes in each exhaust pipe for my motorcycle.



"Without death, life would lose much of its meaning. My goal is to live in such a manner that I alter world in some fundamental way before I'm gone. As I get older and watch my son grow I realize I've already achieved my goal." - Ztirffritz
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