Rats, mice, and squirrels are the most common culprits of chewed wires inside or outside a home. The main reason rodents love to chew anything chewable is because they have continuously growing teeth that require constant sharpening, strengthening, and reducing. If a rodent couldn’t chew on hard or semi-hard items, their teeth would actually grow beyond their lips and prevent them from eating.
The other reason why rodents and other animals chew is boredom. Once a squirrel or rat has established residency inside a home and has easy access to food, they’ll get bored like pets do and start chewing. And keep chewing. In addition to wires, squirrels, rats and mice will chew on just about anything except items that won’t fit in their mouths or don’t have corners. Circular plumbing piping is one item on which you won’t find rodent teeth marks.
Other wild animals know to chew on wires include:
- Birds (they don’t “chew” but they can peck wires into shreds)
Not only do sharp-toothed rodents and other animals love spending hours chewing happily on exposed wiring inside and outside your home, they also like to crawl into your car’s engine and chew, chew, chew. Some newer cars have soy-based coatings on engine wiring that make wires even more palatable and chewable.
Things you might find chewed under your car’s hood if you have an animal nuisance problem include heating and air lines, plastic fluid containers and battery cables. If chewers can get into your car’s front seat through a barely opened window, you might find seat cushions and carpet chewed up as well.
Damage to your home or car’s wiring is expensive to repair and may take several days, causing you unnecessary stress from not having a car to drive or basic utilities supplied to your home. Don’t wait to call Critter Control® – call us today at 775-322-5558 to eliminate a pest problem before it’s too late.