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This is nuts: Car in Acton goes up in flames, likely after squirrel's nest catches fire

Car fire in Acton

Photo by Acton PD.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Acton Police report a car erupted in flames this morning.

Early investigation indicates it was possibly a squirrel's nest.

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TLF has started hiring Squirrel mercenaries.

Turkeys are mostly talk but squirrels don't negotiate.

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Quick actin' in Acton.

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But mice do.

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Simply googling "squirrel nest in car" proves you wrong. Many times over.

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Until a few years ago, I did not realize that squirrels made nests like birds do. It feels stupid, even to me, but I thought they lived in tree hollows or something. Then I saw a bird building a nest.

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Around here they use anything they can find to build them, including plastic bags. Looks like crap. You can see a bunch of them on the trees along the Minuteman bikeway.

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In winter, several will share one. Taking turns on the inside to warm up.

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... is true. Many times over.

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Acton? Is the big oak tree still on 2 after the prison?

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When I lived out that direction I had trouble with chipmunks nesting under my car hood and wreaking havoc.

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So do snakes.

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Not the hero we deserve but

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Boris & Natasha.

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I actually had dozens, no exaggeration, of rats nesting in my engine compartment. They would all run out in single file when I started the car, making counting them easy. Thanks Allston!

No amount of traps or the like kept them out.

Finally found a solution [so far] in the form of an ultrasonic noise maker that goes under the hood. It seems to have driven them away, until they figure out how to chew through it's power wire anyhow.

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I wish you luck with the sonic solution. Has this problem become more widespread in the last few years, or am I just hearing about it more? We've had cold temperatures and warm engines and nasty little mammals forever...why so many invasions these days?

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or are they just guessing it’s a squirrel nest. With a fire that big how can you tell it wasn’t a mouse, rat, duck or Wolverine?

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