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If you ever find out why please let us know.They love tellephone lines too. Phone man and hubby finally had to crawl under the crawl space and put wire inside PVC pipe all the way to the out side outlet.
 

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Why? WHY! Why do squirrels, having an entire forest surrounding them, choose to chew on my A/C wires and trailer wires instead of the tasty sticks and branches in the forest?
Well, partially because the coating on much of the modern wire is soy based, at least in the automotive sector. They view them as a food source. Not sure on other types or reasons.
 

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Are they warm when they're running? We had a packrat make a nest in our truck under the hood. It also chewed wires. The truck had been sitting for two weeks.
 

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Are they warm when they're running? We had a packrat make a nest in our truck under the hood. It also chewed wires. The truck had been sitting for two weeks.
Not really sure. They seem to like small, confined areas even though noisy. Air filter boxes seem to be a favorite.
 

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OK. This all sounds like a conspiracy the wiring makers have going with the makers of things that have wire so that we have to buy new stuff, because the wire is liked by small animals.

Some random reading from around the web. I know this has been an issue for years but seems to be getting more prevalent these days.






 

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Yeah.. I have a Hose, err, Bone to pick with 'em, too..

:mad: Initially, I thought this was Mice (which, Still baffles the Universe out of me..) but I recently 'caught' some of the 'long-tailed variety' in that same area, nesting-up / 'squirreling' acorns, etc, so.. Not 100% Sure the 'culprit', but..

..100% sure Dang'd if I know what makes 'em do nutty 💩 like this.. :rolleyes:

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Some random reading from around the web. I know this has been an issue for years but seems to be getting more prevalent these days.






I had to replace 3 fuel lines last year due to squirrels. And yes they had soy in them.
 

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Are they warm when they're running? We had a packrat make a nest in our truck under the hood. It also chewed wires. The truck had been sitting for two weeks.
No, both the trailer wires and A/C wires were chewed over the winter. The A/C electronic control area was filled to capacity with dry grass and one fried red squirrel. I assume the fan/condenser capacitor shocked the critter to death.
 

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Some random reading from around the web. I know this has been an issue for years but seems to be getting more prevalent these days.






I bet auto repair people love that stuff.
 

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Mothballs are your friend. At the old place, we had packrats, just dirty squirrels... I kept a can of mothballs under the hood of both trucks and parked them over a pie pan that had mothballs in it. No problem if I remembered to take care to keep the supply in place. (Mothballs evaporate eventually)
 

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Mothballs are your friend. At the old place, we had packrats, just dirty squirrels... I kept a can of mothballs under the hood of both trucks and parked them over a pie pan that had mothballs in it. No problem if I remembered to take care to keep the supply in place. (Mothballs evaporate eventually)
Nevada, my neighbor said she uses moth balls for her parked RV,no rats or squirrles.
 

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Hmmm... makes me wonder, would there be something that could be sprayed on wiring that would make it bitter or unappealing to them? Something we could use as a preventative, maybe? Just a thought that came to mind.
 

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