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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-10-2018, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Mice or squirrels

Took my truck to the dealer to find out why my radio was not receiving stations on my radio. My truck is little over a year old. So the service manager calls me back to where the mechanic found the problem. Never thought it would be that. So he had the hood open took his light and showed me inside the cowl under where my radio antenna was. Firs there was insulation pulled out and the cable was chewed through. He thought the mice did it at first but I said I have squirrels running around and they might of chewed through it. So far the cable is 47 dollars and time to replace it is 2 to 5 hrs.. So can mice chew through a hard coax cable or would it be the squirrels
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Mice can chew through a cinder block! Some coax is nothing.
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I’m not an expert on either although I’ve never heard of squirrels chewing things. I may be wrong.

But, I do know first hand that large rats can get into a hole about 1/2” diameter, chew through 16 gauge insulated stranded copper wire, and like to eat Burger King ketchup. I discovered this when the fuel sender on my boat quit working and I traced it to the chewed wire under a deck hatch that only had a finger sized opening. The rats skull, some fur and an opened ketchup packet was all that was left. I guess the fast food did him in.

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I used to have flower boxes on the rails of my back deck until the squirrels ate the plants out of them & then started eating the plastic flower boxes. That was the end to flowers on the deck. Remember, squirrels are rats with fluffy tails!
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Around these parts we call squirrels tree rats, and yes they will eat anything including a Sweet Gum tree's seeds. Indestructible round balls about the size of a golf ball.

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Their teeth never stop growing...they chew stuff to keep teeth in check and sharp.... on a similar note ..my sister and brother in law live out in the boonies in Wyoming...they have a Lexus convertible weekend car...took in for servicing every nook,crack and cranny full of dog food...but no chewed wires...

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Probably squirrels if you have them. They chewed thru my brothers under house TV cable..
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In the garage - any pet food, or anything else that may be considered "food" must be kept in a metal container with a metal lid.

Any cardboard, cloth, paper towels, etc. should be removed, as these make great nesting material.

We've found air boxes filled with pecans and plenums on the climate control filled with "nests".

Mice chewed the coil wires on the riding lawnmower, and made a huge nest in the flywheel on top of the motor.

THEN, this stray cat showed up. We immediately discovered that she had "talent".


of course, one must have "backup"......
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New wires these days are made from a soy based plastic and the vermin can smell this coating and they try to eat it. Just google mice ate my car wiring and you'll find hundreds of first hand accounts and even some news stories about this new wave of Eco friendly crap we now have to deal with
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I use moth balls on my tractors that sit out under cover . They evaporate in about 3 weeks but mice , rats, snakes and squirrels hate moth balls.
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