Richard is driven nuts by squirrels

Richard Pearson and his mother-in-law Jill Bowden next to the ultra sonic squirrel deterrent. The rodents have been terorising residents in Hebden Terrace, Midgehole by chewing through car fuel pipes
Richard Pearson and his mother-in-law Jill Bowden next to the ultra sonic squirrel deterrent. The rodents have been terorising residents in Hebden Terrace, Midgehole by chewing through car fuel pipes

Cheeky squirrels have been driving residents nuts in Midgehole.

A strange change of diet has seen the rodents swap nuts for vehicle fuel pipes.

The new eating habit has cost hundreds of pounds in repairs and left residents reeling.

Richard Pearson, 56, of Hebden Terrace, said: “We originally thought it might have been someone trying to steal the car or damage caused from stones left over from the floods, but it wasn’t it was squirrels!

“I don’t know what attracts them, but I emailed consumer website ‘honest John’ and apparently it’s quite a common occurrence.”

Richard, who is a freelance psychologist, said it all started on July 1 when he went to take his father-in-law, Jim Stringfellow, to Hebden Bridge Railway Station to pick up his mother-in-law, Jill Bowden.

They could smell petrol in the car, but thought nothing of it and carried on driving.

When they got to the station Richard said he could see fuel dripping out from underneath the car.

He took it to James Sheperd’s Garage in Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, and they found teeth marks on the fuel pipe.

Richard said: “I got it repaired and I though that was that.

“But a few weeks later we went on holiday and the same thing happened again to my wife’s car.

“We decided to take some action against them and we have got an ultra-sonic squirrel deterrent. Hopefully that will work.”

Richard said vandalising cars isn’t the only way squirrels have been driving his neighbours mad.

“They have bitten through the lid of one of our neighbour’s compost bins and also bitten through another neighbour’s food waste bin. They’re getting very cheeky.”