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First it was nuts.
At the end of August I blogged about taking my SUV in for air conditioning repair only to find that it was not broken, instead it was full of nuts. Apparently a chipmunk had been using that space for his winter stash. One of the suggestions a reader offered at the time was an all-natural animal repellent. I don't like to see any animal hurt or killed (the advice many people were giving me here was to set out traps), so that was right up my alley, and resulted in the chipmunk sightings disappearing, the a/c working just fine, and my mind being set at ease. End of story.
Or so I thought.
Yesterday we headed out to meet my in-laws for dinner and see a movie. On the way we stopped at a quick lube place, to get the oil changed in the vehicle. You just sit in the car while they change the oil for you, and it's done and over in fifteen minutes or less. Perfect because we were running a little short on time.
As soon as the two guys opened up the hood, we knew something was wrong:
"You gonna touch that?"
"Um, not me." "What the heck is THAT?!?"
Hubby walked out to see what was going on. A VERY LARGE, dense, chipmunk nest was nestled all around the parts in the engine. The guys there got it out as best they could, but said I'd need to go to a car wash and vacuum out the rest. Ugh. I'm very, very grateful they took out the majority of the nest, I know they didn't have to do that...but trying to get the rest out on my own, which I will at some point today, is low on my list of things that I want to do.
So here I am again, hoping someone knows something I don't that will help me keep that chipmunk out of my car, away from house, running off to find his own little space in the great outdoors that has absolutely nothing to do with me or my things.
We live in the country, and we have a lot of trees on our property, including acorn trees in the front where my vehicle sits. We do have a garage, but it's too tight of a squeeze for my vehicle so hubby uses it for his car in the winter months.
I have no idea why that chipmunk likes my car so much (I drive it almost every single day!), but I sure wish he'd move on.
Any suggestions, ideas, or proven remedies from my readers would be super happy appreciated!