Oh and we call squirrels rats with a good PR in my area…
In lieu of that, a thin coating of Vick’s VapoRub on the air cleaner box (or anything that doesn’t get hot) will keep them away for a few months.
You won’t notice the odor after a few days but the critters will smell it for far longer.
Don’t hurt me!
Tadpoles ain’t that cute.
(And neither are rodents.)
Squirrels have to constantly chew to survive. If they didn’t, their incisors would grow to the point where they couldn’t eat at all. I feel ya though; been calling them tree rats for years. I, too, have had the wiring harness in my Jeep chewed through. It sucks big time. I killed one once, and tossed it in the garbage bin. I never stopped to think it would be several days before trash pickup - what a stench !. I now run a squirrel relocation program. Some 40+ squirrels that used to live in & around my backyard now live in the wooded area around my local Walmart - plenty of good foraging. I gotta tell ya, a catch & release trap, besides being more humane, is a whole less smelly, and doesn’t tick off those who hesitate to stomp a spider. Squirrels are exceedingly dumb; I’ve caught a few with no bait. Speaking of rats, did you know a common Norway rat can chew through concrete ! ?. They have the same incisor thing going on.
Word must have gotten around the local squirrel community - hardly ever see one now. I’ll tell ya the critter that really gets a bum rap, the opossum - never caused an ounce of damage to a homeowner. They just have a prehistoric face only a mother could love.
Dumb? I dunno, they seem crazy resourceful to me, tireless persistent problem solvers, seen those viral obstacle course vids, wow, a country full of squirrel people would have a GDP off the charts!
It would be fun to put some automotive wiring in the humane trap and see what ya catch…
You got me there. I just watched one of the viral videos for the 1st time. It reminded me of a video I saw years ago featuring a guy who actually had a live-in pet squirrel (I know, disgusting). The video, as I recall, was titled “Attack Squirrel”. The squirrel actually attacked, and got rid of an intruder. If problem-solving isn’t directly linked to intelligence, I don’t know what is. That was enlightening, to say the least !.
Thanks for The Insight !,
- The squirrel lives
- The squirrel dies