Soy-coated wiring

Discussion in 'Quackenbush's' started by Joe Fan, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    If you don't know about this already, here is the next thing for you to start worrying about

    Right now, in my hood, ATT and Xfinity are 10 trucks deep at a time fixing the overhead cable wiring. Squirrels have been chewing through all over the place. Users were raising hell. And all the cable supply lines are new, as in fully replaced within the last 2 years or less.

    And this issue is not limited to that use. In my home, we have a Lexus on lease that has contractual service appointments. This week they had to keep it a little longer because ..... mice has chewed the wiring in the under carriage. They are now using a soy-based cover for new car wiring. The advantage is that soy will not crack with heat. I guess no one considered the disadvantage of attracting pests.

    Good luck
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  2. nashhorn

    nashhorn 5,000+ Posts

    Neighbor had same issue on his Volvo, mice ate completely thru the wiring harness. I wondered if was not squirrels because we were squirrel park this summer.
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  3. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    I have become proficient at splicing Christmas lights back together because of this. I read about a guy on a Lincoln forum who had engine wires chewed as well, as @nashhorn alluded to.

    We have Invisible Fence that was here when we bought the house. It needs to be rewired. Because of the ground being frozen, they would have to pin the wires above ground until Spring. We opted to wait because of this rodent issue.
  4. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    We got the Lexus wires fixed, but I am not sure what about preventing it from happening again
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  5. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    Whoever thought of this madness?

    I've heard of ants and vermin chewing on wires that weren't coated with grain (soy).
  6. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    I have heard one idea is to spray the undercarriage with mint

    Anyone heard of anything else? I am afraid to put poison down (I have dogs and there are a few feral cats about (but obviously not enough))
  7. nashhorn

    nashhorn 5,000+ Posts

    We put mint in attic (tea bags) and it worked to chase out squirrels.
  8. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    Somewhere behind all this is an aggie engineer who thought he was helping out the soybean farmers.
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