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Old 03-06-2019, 09:03 PM   #15
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A question to general population here:
What is it about coax, wiring, wire harnesses and the like that attracts rodents and squirrels in the first place? Why chew on these items and not something else or somewhere else? Like rubber gas lines, tires, slide seals, water drain lines, hydraulic hoses...get my drift?
I feel for ya. I had much more damage than that from squirrels. Rodents need to gnaw on things constantly. They have to wear down the front teeth. If they don't, they will impale their jaws with them. Plug all holes with bronze wool. It won't rust as opposed to steel wool. They don't like metal in their mouth. Under the hood, I plugged all supportive spaces with cheap Walmart footballs. They need to be able to stand somewhere to chew. You can deflate the footballs to fit in any vulnerable area's. I even put a completely deflated one on top of the battery. They stripped all the insulation off the battery cables, then they chewed almost all the way through the main wiring harness. I'm talking about between 100 and 200 wires. It was a real job. You can also buy a self expanding foam that has a bad taste that they won't chew. It's specially made to repel rodents. Sorry I don't have the name. Good luck with it.
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:42 PM   #16
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I was told that the insulation is made from a soybean based material. Therefore, some of the soy scent/flavor/aroma remains? I've had several rounds of damage with squirrels. Remember the movie Caddy Shack? That's me.
Heard the same thing. Lots of plastics use soybean plasticizer these days. Especially wire insulation and irrigation plastics. Squirrels and other rodents love it.

You know what else they love? Tomcat rat poison
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Rats and acorns????? Acorns is squirrels in my book.... then again... it's Florida
Agreed.
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