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Old 11-29-2016, 08:54 AM
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For some reason there has been a significant increase in the population of rodents such as squirrels and chipmunks in my neighborhood. They are all over the place.

Unfortunately they have decided to try and build nests in the engine compartments of our cars. My girlfriend's car already suffered some damage as they chewed some of the wires, but luckily it was minimal and we didn't have to open an insurance claim.

Last weekend I was changing my brake fluid and I found pieces of bread and acorns on top of my engine...

I spoke with an exterminator and he said there is nothing they can do short of setting up traps all over the place. Is there anything else I can try?

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Old 11-29-2016, 08:56 AM
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:06 AM
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make several little NO SQUIRRELS OR CHIPMUNKS ALLOWED signs. They cannot read so a raccoon will have to tell them what it means.
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Central Michiigan has had 3 years in a row with big acorn crops, so the squirrel and chipmunk population exploded. This year, the acorn crop is very light and the rodents were looking for food wherever they can find it. I have been setting out sunflower seeds against a safe backstop and shooting the rodents with a pellet gun when they show up to feed- scored 2 today. Live traps also work, if you know how and where to set them. The bucket trap works for chipmunks or mice, but not for squirrels. Rat or mouse poison seems to have no effect on squirrels or chipmunks- they keep eating it and showing up for more.

Chipmunks went into hibernation over a month ago around here. Unless you see chipmunks running around right now, chipmunks probably aren't what's nesting in your cars. More likely, it's mice, as they are active all winter. Set mousetraps baited with peanut butter close to the car and see if you catch mice. Block them from entering the air cleaner housing by covering the air intake with 1/4" hardware cloth or they'll chew up your air filter to make a nest in there (BTDT). If you have a cabin air filter, lay a piece of 1/8" hardware cloth on it to keep the rodents from chewing through and blocking up your HVAC system with leaves and crap (also, BTDT)- otherwise perhaps you can pull the cowling off the HVAC air intake at the rear of the hood and cover the air intake with 1/4" hardware cloth to keep them out of the system altogether (BTDT2). This does not keep the little bast**ds from building nests under your hood, but it does prevent some of the problems they cause. Once mice start nesting in the car, they keep coming back.

This is my advice after fighting mice in one of my cars and what I've said above works.
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I have been on a squirrel jihad since I found them chewing on my gutter. A high-powered pellet gun has brought my kill total up to 29. I am seeing fewer and fewer and the ones I see run when they see me.
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Here is the problem guys, I live in a residential neighborhood and I cannot discharge any type of firearm, nor do I want to. In the lovely State of Massachusetts I can probably end up with a felony even if I try to use a pellet gun. Not to mention that I have better things to do than sit on my front stairs waiting for a squirrel to run across the yard so I can shoot it lol.

I guess I will pick up some traps and give that a shot. I was actually hoping to find some sort of a repellent and/or some kind of electronic gizmo that would keep them away.
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Here is the problem guys, I live in a residential neighborhood and I cannot discharge any type of firearm, nor do I want to. In the lovely State of Massachusetts I can probably end up with a felony even if I try to use a pellet gun. Not to mention that I have better things to do than sit on my front stairs waiting for a squirrel to run across the yard so I can shoot it lol.

I guess I will pick up some traps and give that a shot. I was actually hoping to find some sort of a repellent and/or some kind of electronic gizmo that would keep them away.
You can buy fox urine at some sporting goods stores, Home Depot or Amazon. That scent is supposed to repel the critters. I've never tried it. Electronic repellents get mixed reviews.
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2nd the moth balls then de-con mixed with corn
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Try reasoning with them.

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I have been on a squirrel jihad since I found them chewing on my gutter. A high-powered pellet gun has brought my kill total up to 29. I am seeing fewer and fewer and the ones I see run when they see me.
This is me. I got along with the squirrels great until they ate the wire going to my satellite dish. It's been game on ever sense then. They ate the harness out of my neighbors RV. At last count he at I were at a combined 200+ for the year. I hate to think what that number might be for the full 7 years I've been shooting them. I shoot a .22 and am good out to almost 100 yards if I have a good rest. My neighbor just wacks them with a 12 gauge. We have one old bitty down the street that bitches and moans, but I say screw her.

I picked this up yesterday.......after waiting since April. Going to the range later this week to dial the gun in on subsonic ammo. The squirrel massacre is about to get fun at my house.





OP: have you thought about a slingshot or a blowgun? Another good option would be to import a couple of hawks.
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5 gallon bucket trap, very effective. (Google it)
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I don't know if you can get hold of this stuff, or find a way to use it under a car hood, but it seems to discourage most living things from mildew on up to large mammals. It convinced the bats that the attic of my vacation home was not a good place to hang out.

It may be sold in RV stores near you. I have a relative who gets it in FL.

http://www.homzone.com/
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I don't know if you can get hold of this stuff, or find a way to use it under a car hood, but it seems to discourage most living things from mildew on up to large mammals. It convinced the bats that the attic of my vacation home was not a good place to hang out.

It may be sold in RV stores near you. I have a relative who gets it in FL.

http://www.homzone.com/
That stuff works great in an enclosed space, which the engine compartment of a car is not. The product releases formaldehyde gas, which is toxic to many fungi and animals, including man. It would work to keep rodents out of the passenger compartment or trunk of a car in storage, but there are less toxic products that also work.
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I had those bastards chewing up my trailer. Google poison for squirrels etc. Forget what I used but they ate it up and no more rodents.
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There are sticky traps that will take care of the mice & chipmunks. Pretty sure HD & Lowe's carry them. Get a hav-a-hart trap for the squirrels. I use one sometimes for them and don't even put any bait in it. It's illegal to transport live animals in MA so make sure your neighbors aren't watching when you put the trap in your vehicle. Or in the rain barrel.
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Here is the problem guys, I live in a residential neighborhood and I cannot discharge any type of firearm, nor do I want to. In the lovely State of Massachusetts I can probably end up with a felony even if I try to use a pellet gun. Not to mention that I have better things to do than sit on my front stairs waiting for a squirrel to run across the yard so I can shoot it lol.

I guess I will pick up some traps and give that a shot. I was actually hoping to find some sort of a repellent and/or some kind of electronic gizmo that would keep them away.
The moth balls help a lot and come in mesh bags that keep the balls contained. If you can stand the smell, stash a bag of moth balls in a dry place in the engine compartment of your cars. It will keep the little fuckers at bay. I have a couple of old trucks that get driven infrequently, both would be habittrails if I did not use the moth balls. Funny how the rodents seem to like the blower fan best, I guess it's like an exercise wheel in a gerbil cage.

I have a Honda Civic that started blowing rodent shit out of the heater vents like an air pop corn machine. When I tore into the ventilation system, I ALMOST had to laugh at the awesome rodent condo that had been built using the cabin air filter for a bed.

I know you said you can't shoot em, that's too bad. I keep my air rifle near my kitchen slider and actually like it when the squirrels make an appearance. Few things say good bye squirrel better then a .25 pellet striking center mass at 900FPS.

I have swarms of all variants of pain in the ass rodents on my property. One of my biggest fears during offseason boat storage is the rats turning my boat into a rodent mansion. I load it with moth balls and Decon and hope for the best.

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