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Black Car in MotionHave you ever experienced the damaging effects of a squirrel scurrying into your car and making a snack out of critical wiring? Those who have can face damages costing anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the wires, hoses and other components that are destroyed by the furry critters.

Wondering what the motive is behind the wire gnawing? Oftentimes, squirrels crawl into the hood of your car to nest in a warm, protected space. And since squirrels must chew to file down their fast-growing teeth, the wiring becomes a convenient item to munch on while they're nice and cozy in their car nests.

What can you do to deter the tiny vandals? It depends on where you store your car when at home.

In a Garage

Did you know that squirrels can wiggle into your garage through a hole as small as two inches? The best way to keep the critters out is to block any and all holes, no matter how small, with stainless steel mesh, aluminum flashing or sheet metal. Another tactic is to leave the hood of your car open when parked safely in your garage, which makes it a less attractive nesting place for squirrels.

On the Street

Without the protection of a garage, cars are more vulnerable to the elements and the actions of critters like squirrels. However, hope is not lost. Try a taste deterrent. You can buy bitter apple spray at most pet stores, along with an array of wildlife taste deterrents found online and in specialty stores. Talk to your mechanic before using one of these products to make sure that it won't damage your car.

You can't always win when Mother Nature has other plans, but being proactive about the protection of your car can certainly help!

Ask about comprehensive coverage to protect against similar events. Call Moore Insurance Agency at (361) 991-9000 for more information on Corpus Christi auto insurance.
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