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 19 September 2012 02:02 PM
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Has anyone experienced damage to cables by squirrels?
I don't but was told by a nursing home manager their calor gas supply pipe (rubber hose) had been chewed through by them.

Jokes permitted but remember we did mice last year.

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 19 September 2012 06:08 PM
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 19 September 2012 06:55 PM
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Ricicle

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That's just nuts !

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 19 September 2012 06:56 PM
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Last summer rewired a property where the loft was full of dessicated, mummified squirrels. Lots of them.

The cable damage wasn't too bad, but belongings had been certainly been chewed up.

It must have ben really noisy at times with them scurrying all over the place.

As an aside I can personally recommend (thanks to my neighbour avidly taking up shooting recently) squirrel first lightly boiled then coated in a Pataks curry sauce then finished off on the BBQ. For some reason curry sauce seems to work best with them.

Two summers ago my sister-in-law had them on the menu (casseroled) in the pub in which she was head chef.

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 19 September 2012 07:00 PM
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Yep, Squirrels can be bad.

I've seen several places where they've done a lot of damage to lighting circuits in lofts and one where they had done a lovely job of stripping the DNO's service cable as it passed through the loft space


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 19 September 2012 07:00 PM
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Yep, Squirrels can be bad.

I've seen several places where they've done a lot of damage to lighting circuits in lofts and one where they had done a lovely job of stripping the DNO's service cable as it passed through the loft space


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 19 September 2012 07:12 PM
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Don't they also have a nasty habit of jumping across HV lines ?

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 19 September 2012 07:14 PM
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Originally posted by: Ricicle

Don't they also have a nasty habit of jumping across HV lines ?


Usually only once !!

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 19 September 2012 07:31 PM
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They really love the ABC LV overheads as they provide a great cross road route without the risks


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 19 September 2012 08:49 PM
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Originally posted by: stateit
Two summers ago my sister-in-law had them on the menu (casseroled) in the pub in which she was head chef.

I'm told they're very tasty but difficult to skin.
 19 September 2012 09:06 PM
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Originally posted by: mikejumper

Originally posted by: stateit

Two summers ago my sister-in-law had them on the menu (casseroled) in the pub in which she was head chef.


I'm told they're very tasty but difficult to skin.

They are very tiny under all that fluff. 'Tree-rat' is an apt description.

Their taste is dictated by the sauce - which means they're not too tasty by themselves unfortunately. And not a lot to them either.

Very good if your on a diet! I'm sure they're low on cholesterol as well.

I do recall fiding a dead one when went to try to restore a non-resettting RCD - A cable through a soffit on a catenary wire. It had gnawed the cable presumably trying to get back out of the hole in the soffit.

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 19 September 2012 09:45 PM
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Our problem round here is Glis Glis. You cannot kill-trap them and have to trap them whole and alive and report them. They do break-outs after eating the treats. The problem is that they are so incredibly cute that the homeowners let them go. They really are gorgeous little things but the damage they do is beyond belief.

Short of work? Chuck a Glis Glis in somebody's loft and drop off a business card a few days' later.

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 19 September 2012 10:21 PM
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What the difference between a rat and a squirrel?



The squirrel has a better publicity agent.

The old ones are the best, sometimes.
 19 September 2012 11:47 PM
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We are currently rewiring a 5 story castle, Gatehouse and staff bungallow accommodation all being rewired mostly due to rodent damage.

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 20 September 2012 02:51 PM
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Thanks folks,

After feeding blue corn to a family of rats in the garden for the past week it suddenly occurred to me the squirrel might not be so benign.

Pass the air rifle and curry sauce.

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 20 September 2012 02:54 PM
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Another nursing home - they've developed a taste for the red sheath on the FP200. Left the T&E alone so far..
 20 September 2012 03:16 PM
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red sheath on the FP200

berry coloured?
 20 September 2012 04:28 PM
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Rig up a parallel p-n wire on porcelain insulators across to the garden shed and lightly cover with crambury jelly. You should catch your culprits. But tell the wife first, before she hangs out the washing.

I once saw a stock nesting across HV power lines in Turkey. Nobody seemed bothered about it.

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 20 September 2012 06:23 PM
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Originally posted by: impvan

Another nursing home - they've developed a taste for the red sheath on the FP200. Left the T&E alone so far..


Damn,

That's not good. We'd found my close relatives tended to leave FP200 alone, we've had the white one surface clipped in a few places for about five years and it's not been chewed yet.


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