Sunday, December 30, 2012

Aw Nuts...

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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!

24 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I had no idea they ever did that kind of thing. Yikes!

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  2. Wow, I didn't know they did this either. I feel bad you have the problem with the little fellow, but I did have to laugh that he likes that area so much. Be careful of animals crawling up there too because of the winter, don't start vehicle to quick without making some racket in case there is a cat in there.

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  3. I would try cayenne pepper, put a barrier around the car and put some where the nest is. I hope this helps =D

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  4. It's the warmth of the engine Rosey!!!
    Squirrels and birds do the same with barbque's - they build the nest while it's still warm and cozy -
    You'll have to buy a new vehicle and leave the SUV for them lol -
    XOX

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  5. Oh you poor thing! My Mom parks her car in a garage and still had mice build a nest in it and they chewed up the wiring. I'm not sure what you can do! Good luck Rosie!

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  6. Returning the visit from raising imperfection link up! I don't have any suggestions i'm sorry. Who knew that chipmunks were so partial to cars lol.

    Tiffany

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  7. I had no idea that this could even happen. Did they suggest anything when you got the oil changed? Keep us updated on what you find works!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I have no advice. I hope the little critter finds a new home!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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  9. Wow! I don't have any suggestions for you, sorry! I've never heard of that before. Good luck!

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  10. what a funny chipmunky thing to do. we have chipmunks and supposedly they get into the foundation of the house and could cause issues, so there are now chipmunk traps around our foundation. I guess they go in there and get poisoned. I'm not for killing animals at all, but you might consider talking to an exterminator!

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  11. Wow, I had no idea chipmunks could do that. I don't know what you could do. I do hope it finds a new home and keep away from your SUV.

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  12. Hi There! Here from the Blog Hop. New Follower! You can find me at http://theresmagicoutthere.blogspot.com/ Happy Holidays!

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  13. That's crazy!! A chipmunk? What a funny place to nest ~ especially since you use your vehicle regularly.

    No words of advice here ~ maybe buy a new car?? LOL

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    Lanaya
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  14. What a predicament! I had to keep rereading that section about the nest. I somehow understood it that they were talking about an actual chipmunk that 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. " I didn't create a very desirable picture in my mind :P Anyway, I hope you are able to figure out a way to prevent them from getting in. What an odd place for them to be. Maybe, since you drive it everyday, they like the warmth :)

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  15. Oh no, that is terrible. I wish I had some advice for you. I didn't even know chipmonks did such a thing, although I know mice do and once mice get in there, there isn't really much you can do except get a new car.

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  16. I wish I had a solution for you - but we can certainly relate! We are out here in the woods too and we have little mice that love to make nests in my hubby's truck. It drives him nuts too! lol! Happy New Year!

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  17. Wow, that is NUTS! Sorry, I don't have any advice for you. We have a lot of chipmunks running around here (I've even had them run right over my bare feet before!) but I've never had to dig them out of my car. If you find a solution, please share, in case I run into this situation some day!

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  18. That is nuts! I'm sorry you keep having issues with that! It's annoying to you, but one of those things you can look back on and laugh later on.

    Happy New Year!

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  19. New follower visiting from Aloha Blog Hop. Love to have you visit and follow back!
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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  20. Not sure I can offer lots of help on that one, but it's a cute story. I love the little chipmunk guys. :) Um...perhaps they're seeking the warmth of the engine. I'm with you, though. Natural alternatives, please. :) It'll be interesting to see what people come up with. Found you on the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I'm over at pictimilitude. Your blog is very cool!

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  21. Oh sweetie they like it int here because the engine is warm ( at least for a while after you park the car) We had issues similar t yours when we lived in Oregon. Hang in there. I wish I knew some secret to help...Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by again tomorrow for the new giveaway! xo

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  22. I feel your pain. During the winter months I have to worry about mice making nests under the hood of my SUV. They love to pull string or whatever they can get into their nest. Please feel free to enter my giveaway.

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  23. Aloha from the Aloha Friday hop! Esther Norine Designs I have no idea how to help you with this chipmunk. He sounds very crafty. :)

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  24. That is a really cute photo of a squirrel, er chipmunk

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