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Old 12-10-2018, 08:45 AM   #1
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Squirrel repellent

My truck is a refuge for us but unfortunately a squirrel has taken residence in the engine compartment. I have cleaned his crap and acorn reminents off both batteries several times in the last couple of weeks.
Iím wondering how to free my truck. He does not appear to be chewing or nesting cause I drive it daily.
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:47 AM   #2
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I've used a mothCAKE hanging on the front suspension spring to discourage local packrats. The mothcakes come with a plastic hanger so they are easily handled. I also hang 2 of them near the middle of our TT. While doing this, I haven't had a mouse or packrat problem in the TT or TV.
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:20 AM   #3
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There is a spray pest repellent that you can buy. it works for cats and dogs in our flower garden, might work in the engine compartment. Shows a squirrel on the label.
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:39 AM   #4
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I'm not a squirrel lover so I've used rat traps with peanut butter and pellet guns to decrease the population. They've done plenty of damage to my RV port but not my RV yet, so I've been lucky.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:08 PM   #5
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This winter I backed the Greyhawk into its pad with the engine away from the woods. Also put three traps in the engine compartment. Last winter a squirrel nested under the hood and feasted on the main Ford wiring harness. At $860 it was an expensive meal. The truck shop said they’ve seen much worse.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:15 PM   #6
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This past summer we added a 3rd vehicle. We don't drive the truck as much now to keep the miles off of it (it's got 152k). We parked it across the street under a tree. 3 weeks after I parked it there I went to start it. Nothing. Dash lights, plenty of battery power, no start. Nearly $500 later we learned that something, probably a squirrel had chewed wires on the starter knocking out 3 relays and a 4WD sensor. Most of the cost was for troubleshooting labor.
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Cayenne pepper spray.. Ought to be in your hardware store.. Its about a quart size. We had to spray everything outside for squirrel and porcupine deterrent
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Cayenne pepper spray.. Ought to be in your hardware store.. Its about a quart size. We had to spray everything outside for squirrel and porcupine deterrent
I wonder if that would work on my bird feeder...
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I wonder if that would work on my bird feeder...
It should. Squirrels don't like it but birds are immune.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:27 PM   #10
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I saw the sucker tonite. It was a huge rat!

I set a big trap right on the battery.
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