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  1. I've owned 5 toyota trucks over the years. The 2011 Tundra and the 2014 Tundra, I have spent thousands of dollars over 4 episodes where rodents have chewed through the wiring. No other vehicles have I had this problem with. I have two pre-2011 toyotas in the same drive way with no rodents in the wiring. Is this coincidental?

  2. This could never happen to me because grey squirrels don’t hang around

    very long in our neighborhood and now I have recently begun trapping mice

    at night, outdoors too.



    109 Comments by: Tom Nardi

    January 15, 2018

    The easiest way to protect bird feeders, homes, power lines and car wires is to

    trap grey squirrels with a Havahart model 1083 and then put them in a fish

    tank for about 10 minutes. I’ve sent more than 200 grey squirrels to squirrel

    heaven in less than 4 years. The 1083 is much more effective than the

    old fashioned Havahart traps. It can be set with one hand in less than

    10 seconds.

    Then at night I reconfigure my squirrel traps by placing Thomcat saw, toothed

    plastic mouse traps inside them and placing them near the fence line.

    I’ve caught 42 mice since Nov 1 in a suburban neighborhood that I would never

    have guessed had a mouse infestation. (I only noticed this because something

    began stealing the peanut butter from my squirrel traps at night and deductive

    reasoning led me to mousetraps.)

    I place the mouse traps inside the squirrel traps to protect small birds

    and other wildlife from being killed in my traps. Mice are the only

    animals small enough to enter through the wires of a closed squirrel trap.

    When I wake up, I then set the traps for squirrels again. If you wait to see

    mice inside your home before you set traps, you are setting yourself up for

    a big problem.

    Local governments and/or power companies should be paying people a

    bounty to trap grey squirrels. Most people are too lazy and/or too stupid

    to do this without some financial incentive

    In the last century humans in North America hunted squirrel predators

    like hawks, foxes, coyotes etc nearly to extinction and since humans

    have created this current grey squirrel crisis it is now our job to fix it.

    Some states have extended their squirrel hunting seasons in recent

    years for this explicit reason but that is not going to have any impact on

    urban and suburban squirrel populations.

    When you use google to find news stories for “squirrels” it very

    seldom involves good news.

    Most frequently squirrels are mentioned in stories about house fires,

    eating car wire insulation or some other type of catastrophe, stories about

    some bizarre incident, or stories about some crazy person who thinks a grey

    squirrel is his or her friend.

    The news story below tells you all you need to know about the problems

    grey squirrels are causing all across this country. If Muslims were

    causing 3,456 power outages EVERY YEAR ! it would be considered a

    national emergency, and the news media would be dedicating entire

    shows to tell us about it.



    Squirrel knocks out power for more than 12,500 in Erie County

    By Keith McShea | Published November 18, 2018

    “Squirrels are a leading cause of power outages. In 2016, a survey by

    the American Public Power Association said that wildlife, notably

    squirrels, were the leading cause of power outages, followed by

    failure of overhead equipment, weather and vegetation.

    The APPA reported that in 2016, utilities reported 3,456 outages

    “caused by the ubiquitous rodents” that cut off power to more than

    193,873 customers.”


  3. So, did they stop the soy based wiring after 2016? Do the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Toyotas have the soy wiring now? or has it been discontinued? I'd love to know this answer as I'm sure many other would like to know. Thank you.

  4. experiencing this now on my 08 Tacoma.  will needs an all new wiring harness.  does anyone know if the replacement harness will also be made with the same soy based product

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