Recent Squirrel Damage To A Customer's Vehicle
You may not know this but, the month of May is "National Baby Squirrel Month." Sadly a customer of ours recently experienced squirrel damage to her vehicle. Around this time of year, Mama squirrels are building new nests for their recently born offspring. In this case, a Mama built her new nest under the hood of a 2014 Lexus.
While driving, the traction, ABS, and Check Engine lights all illuminated all at the same time, which was quite disconcerting to the driver, who instantly pulled over and called us. After a phone consultation, we determined the vehicle was safe to drive and instructed her to come directly to our shop.
Upon inspection, we found the underhood nest with a live baby squirrel, debris, 10 chewed wires, and a chewed connector. Squirrels and other rodents such as rats and mice often gnaw on wiring insulation because the plastic contains sodium, which they crave. Our team called Glenview Police, and they took the baby squirrel to animal control. These types of problems are usually covered by either homeowners' or Comp Insurance, depending on the cost to repair, which can be less than $100 to several thousand.
Automotive Rodent Prevention
There is a preventative action that can be taken...We recommend installing an underhood sonic rodent repeller. There are several available types of devices that will deter rodents from entering your vehicle's hood & engine area. The particular model that we use attaches to the vehicle battery and emits a strobe light and sonic noise. The light and sounds of this humane device are enough to deter Rats, Mice, Squirrels, etc. We offer these devices, installed for under $100 and the whole system runs off your vehicle's battery when parked.