When Squirrel Eat Car Wires In The Summer
If you’re a driver, you’ve probably noticed that squirrels are more active in late August and September. This means they’re stockpiling food and hustling to get everything done before winter. And this means they’re more likely to cross paths with electricity. To prevent them from gnawing your car wires and damaging them, consider these three tips. Hopefully, they’ll help keep your car wires safe this summer.
Rodent attacks on electric cables
When squirrel eat car wires in the winter, you might be surprised to find out that the problem is much more widespread in the summer. This is because rodents prefer warm environments and can nest, breed, and gnaw on car wires. As a result, your car could experience costly repairs. If you suspect a rodent problem, call your local utility company for assistance. They will send a technician to your home to help solve the problem.
Squirrels can also cause power outages. The animals can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. In one year in Austin, Tex., squirrels accounted for up to 300 outages. Moreover, a 2005 study found that wildlife-related power outages cost utility companies anywhere from seven to 20 percent of their total costs. Even birds can be a nuisance. Great horned owls have been blamed for dropping snakes onto utility poles.
Gnawing on car wires
When a squirrel gnaws on car wires in the summer, it’s likely a sign of a larger problem. Many people don’t realize just how destructive these animals can be, but they’re also dangerous. A squirrel can chew through electrical wiring or even the engine compartment, and the damage can be costly. Car insurance doesn’t cover rodent damage, but you’ll likely have to pay for repairs yourself.
One way to prevent this problem is to use soy-based car wire insulation. These rodents prefer the taste of soy-based insulation over petroleum-based insulation. Also, they don’t chew car wires for nourishment, as they would with traditional insulation. Instead, they chew other materials, like twigs and leaves, which also provide nest material. Some car owners have found nests made out of the insulation on their cars!
Getting rid of squirrels
Squirrels are among the most common and beloved brown furry creatures. In spite of their adorable appearance, they are not only destructive to your yard, but can also cause you problems such as emptying bird feeders. They can also burrow underneath your home and cause the floor or door to stick. Even worse, they are capable of causing fires in your attic. They can also carry diseases and infect humans, especially in south-eastern states and California.
One of the most common ways to get rid of a squirrel problem is to put a radio under the hood of your car. However, it’s better to use a talk radio station than a music station, since a human voice is perceived as threatening. Music doesn’t bother squirrels, but it is better than having them chew through car wires, so you’ll have to use extra precautions when releasing a radio.
Keeping them out of your house
If you want to discourage squirrels from raiding your plants, consider installing cages or using plastic bird netting and chicken wire around vulnerable plants. Lay down the edges of the wire at least 6 inches below the soil’s surface. Another option is to use row covers or lightweight fabric. These will protect your plants from digging, and the wire will be impossible for squirrels to chew through. Lastly, place nets on thin poles over your flowerbeds to keep squirrels out.
One method for deterring squirrels is to use loud noises and music. While these methods will not work, they may be effective if you can use them for a few days. However, you must remain persistent. The sound of human voices will scare the squirrels away, and it might take several tries before the squirrels are completely deterred. Once the squirrels have left, it may be difficult to lure them back.
What can happen if a squirrel eats your car’s wires in the summer?
The squirrel could die and your car could have expensive repairs.
How can you prevent a squirrel from eating your car’s wires in the summer?
You could put a cover over your car’s engine or use a squirrel-resistant cover for your wires.
What should you do if you find a squirrel eating your car’s wires in the summer?
You should immediately call an animal control officer or a wildlife rehabilitator.
Why do squirrels eat car wires in the summer?
Squirrels may be looking for a salt or mineral deposit that is on the wires.
Will a squirrel eat through my car’s wires if I have an electric car?
Yes a squirrel may try to chew on electric car wires because they are attracted to the minerals and salt deposits.
I saw a squirrel chewing on my neighbor’s car wires what should I do?
You should contact your neighbor and let them know so they can take action to prevent further damage.
What type of damage can a squirrel cause if they chew on car wires?
A squirrel chewing on car wires can cause shorts and sparks which can lead to a fire.
My car insurance doesn’t cover squirrel damage what can I do?
You may be able to file a claim with your homeowners insurance if the squirrel damage occurred to your car while it was parked at your home.
I think a squirrel chewed on my car’s wires but I’m not sure what should I do?
You should take your car to a mechanic to have it checked out.
How much does it typically cost to repair damage caused by a squirrel?
The cost to repair damage caused by a squirrel can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
I caught a squirrel chewing on my car’s wires what should I do with it?
You should contact an animal control officer or a wildlife rehabilitator to have the squirrel removed.
I killed a squirrel that was chewing on my car’s wires am I liable?
You may be liable if the squirrel was protected under the law or if you caused the death of the squirrel.
My car was damaged by a squirrel can I sue?
You may be able to sue the owner of the property where the squirrel was located if the squirrel was there unlawfully.
I’m selling my car and the buyer found out that a squirrel chewed on the wires can they back out of the sale?
The buyer may be able to back out of the sale if the damage caused by the squirrel is material to the car.
I’m buying a car and the seller disclosed that a squirrel chewed on the wires should I have it inspected?
Yes you should have the car inspected by a mechanic to determine the extent of the damage and the cost of repairs.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.