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Old 12-06-2022, 11:15 PM   #1
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Squirrels in the Engine Bay of a 22M

I have been getting squirrels hanging-out in my engine bay, as evidenced by the empty seed casings piled-up. I purchased LED Rope Lights at 25 feet long in the Bright White 5000 Kelvin color temperature. The theory is that squirrels and rats do not like the bright white light, and so far, it is working. After a month, my engine bay is staying completely clean.
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Old 12-06-2022, 11:24 PM   #2
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I had squirrels rats and mice I tried everything and only one thing worked and that’s why I made a video and here it is for you.

https://vimeo.com/686521273/7799b03a95
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Old 12-07-2022, 01:49 PM   #3
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Hi Wyatt,
Yes, I remember your March Thread entitled RATS!, and the associated video. Great job on that, and I'm very glad it is working well for you. What I am exploring here is the possibility that a certain spectrum of bright white light might be an effective repellent ala carte, as long as there are no shadow areas in the engine bay. The rope light makes it easy to keep all the hidden corners of the engine bay flooded with 5000 Kelvin light.
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Old 12-12-2022, 03:28 AM   #4
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Stop those rodents immediately. I didn't know as the motor home was parked in a fenced in yard. We loaded to go and the motor home wouldn't move. Rodents had removed 13 different sections of wires and stuffed them along with other debris under the air breather on the 454 engine. They attacked wires from the nose of the RV to the rear. I spliced the 13 wires and got her going.

Oh yeah, we missed that planed trip.
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Old 12-12-2022, 05:45 AM   #5
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I just paid $1239 to have the fuel line replaced on my F-150. Squirrels or rats chewed a hole in it so I narrowly escaped a fire. Ford wrapped the part they like to chew on with some kind of mesh after replacing the line. I placed some large repellent balls in the motor compartment. hopefully this will help. The mechanic said there are some parts that attract rodents and he had repaired several.
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Old 12-12-2022, 11:22 AM   #6
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This works for me.
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Old 12-12-2022, 06:12 PM   #7
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A friend suggested moth balls in the engine compartment, which worked but stunk. Now, courtesy of the same friend, I spray WD-40 throughout the area to keep the little blighters out. I keep the can in a nook under the hood and probably respray 4 times a year or so. There's no noticeable smell either. I understand they also hate the smell of peppermint, but haven't tried any peppermint oil.
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Horrible Squirrel Things!

After 16 months of use, my 5000 Kelvin Bright White LED Light Rope was fading. In the photo below, you can see the difference between the old (on the left) and the new. Even though they are here in my trees, the Horrible Squirrel Things did not contaminate the valley of my V-10, even with the weakened lights. I remain convinced that this is a cost effective and safe deterrent for the Rats with the Fuzzy Tails.
I will leave the old string running burning dimly under the Eagle5 to see how it continues to degrade. Fortunately, the new string was only $20, so even replacing it once-per-year, it is a cost-effective deterrent.
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Glad that’s still working!
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I use rodent repellent spray from Tom Kat smells like peppermint
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