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Squirrels eating my wire covers

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In September 2019 I found squirrels nested under the front hood of my 2017 Bolt (bought new), four good sized squirrels sleeping there. Electronics had gone haywire so I wondered and opened the hood. They'd eaten through wiring, $2400 in repair bills. In late December 2020 they came back and began another nest but had not birthed any babies, however the wiring is again haywire and I'm going in next week for a second round of repairs. Are wires on EV's covered with a soy based material? Are squirrels eating tofu? I have now bought mothballs, peppermint/cinnamon oil spray, possibly dryer cloths, and am realizing this is a real problem. I don't have a garage but I've never had this problem leaving cars outside. Ideas? I hear Toyota hybrid owners are having a similar problem as the manufacturers get away from petroleum based wire covers. Just mix in some repellent to the soy product!
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I had rodent issues in my old car. They managed to nibble on cable covers and eat most of a plastic air intake. A mechanic suggested spraying Simple Green around the wheel covers at the base of the engine compartment and under the hood. This worked really great for me. No more rodent issues for the subsequent two years until the car was sold. I repeated the application once a month or so. Apparently rodents really do dislike its smell.
My two neighbors feed the deer. This brings in many other critters to clean up after what the deer miss. Thanks for the tip. Sounds like a good simple preventive that is non-destructive and fairly inexpensive.
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