How to Get Rid of Squirrels in My Car Engine

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How to Get Rid of Squirrels in My Car Engine
Squirrels enter car engines for their warmth and secure location. (young red-haired woman with her broken car. image by ta_samaya from

Squirrels cause serious damage to cars by chewing wires and scattering nesting materials. Car engines offer warmth and a safe, secure location for nesting. Getting rid of squirrels in your car naturally, safely and permanently is a must if you want your vehicle to stay in good working condition.

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Things you need

  • Live trap
  • Bait
  • Shake-Away natural repellent

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    Place a live trap near your car. Put bait into the live trap to attract squirrels. According to the University of Missouri Extension, good baits to use in live traps are slices of orange and apple, shelled walnuts or pecans, and peanut butter. Cautiously release the squirrel back into the wild. You can purchase live traps at hardware stores.

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    Clean nesting materials out of your car engine to keep other curious squirrels at bay. Keep your car turned off while cleaning out the nesting materials in your engine to ensure you don't accidentally hurt yourself. Place the nesting twigs and brush into a secure garbage can to prevent squirrels from re-using the material.

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    Place safe, natural repellents, like Shake-Away, near your vehicle. Sprinkle the powder on all four tires and on your bumper. Re-apply the repellent on a weekly basis and after heavy rains or snowfalls. You can purchase natural repellents at hardware and gardening stores.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your pets indoors while trying to capture a squirrel via a live trap to prevent accidentally capturing your own pet.
  • Clean all brush and wood piles near your car to keep squirrels at bay.
  • Don't spray repellents into your car engine, as the odour will spread throughout the interior of your car.
  • Never use harmful, inhumane repellents, like red peppers, to get rid of squirrels, as pets and children could be injured in the process.

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