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Driving Rain Leads to Rodents Under the Hood

July 30th, 2015

Driving Rain Leads to Rodents Under the Hood

It takes unusual weather conditions, but enough rain will motivate some rodents to relocate – to your car.  They probably prefer a nice warm, dry back yard hole but when that’s not available, under the hood of a car is a pretty good option.

Residents in rain-soaked Missouri have recently discovered just how much of a problem a rodent can cause.  They set up house quickly and will chew on wires as food.  As any car owner whose repaired electrical damage knows, fixing such damage is not cheap.

Pest control experts say this is a rare phenomenon, but when it does happen the damage can occur swiftly.

One resident of Springfield was shocked to discover two squirrels nesting comfortably under his hood.

The total cost to repair the wiring, O2 sensor, and ignition packs came to $700.  A comprehensive insurance package usually covers such damage, but not always.

Charlie McDonald, the squirrels’ victim, noted that he does not neglect his vehicle, but works on it regularly.  When squirrels nest, however, they can be very efficient.

Pest control experts note that some wiring bundles use a soy-based coating, which can make chewing on them hard to resist.

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