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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Buck_wheat, Oct 29, 2010.
I have lots of problems with squirrels chewing trough vb covers to eat the wires off the solenoid(s). There are a couple of sites where I replace 2 - 3 vb covers a year to stay ahead of them.
They chew through the covers? Damn. Our rodents just burrow from underneath. I replace a few solenoids a year due to the critters as well.
I've seen that too. I've also seen them sharpen their teeth on 1804s and a few other plastic popups including nozzles a few times.
I had one system of Toro 570 hipops in a shrub bed that had all the caps gnawed through
Hey, look what I found in a meter pit!
I have found drip line with gnaw marks from some kind of varment. Could be gophers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rThXRVkXHjc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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I've had drip pipe, spray head nozzles, rain sensor wires and the top cap, microsprays, and emitters all chewed by critters.
Moles don't give many problems other than follow my nice water-backfilled trenches and deposit the "spoils" in the valve boxes. It's beautiful soil, and I don't think they've ever chewed my wires. Don't pick up a young mole that you think you're going to help out of the box, by the way. My thumb still hurts!
Porcupines do the drip damage here.