Reader Thelma Lewis sent in what may very well be the final word on our recent columns and emails about outdoor and feral cats, and whether they’re a danger to bird populations. She writes:
“I’m reading much about the ‘cat problem’ in the community, however nothing about the serious squirrel problems.
“Several weeks ago, I went to my car looking under the hood and found a huge squirrel nest; after cleaning it out, I drove the car and it would barely run, so I took it to a service center and it was diagnosed (determined) that my fuel injector wiring had been chewed up (cost = $180). I had it rewired — then it happened again, so I am now parking my car on the street rather than the private apartment parking lot (near trees, bushes, etc.)
“I might add that I am placing mothballs under the hood, as well as rat traps as I cannot afford further destruction by the varmints. Also, the squirrels had chewed the insulation from under the hood.”
I confess that this is a new one, to me. Plus, I like squirrels. Oh, well.
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