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Old 12-24-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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Rubber hose chewed off

A curious thing happened last camping season. We were out west, probably in Arizona, or New Mexico, at a primitive campground, when I noticed the drain hose on my Honda generator had been chewed off. The gen sits on a OMW Over tank platform on the front of the Casita. The drain hose is located about 5' off the ground. The hose was completely chewed off, right where it goes into the metal of the unit.

I got into a bit of trouble that morning when I suggested to my wife she may have been the culprit...she muttered something or other....I asked if I could compare her front teeth to the marks on the rubber...Her response was, curiously, and rather loudly, negative. I mean really, we were the only campers in the campground. No other suspects around. I told her I had to check, just to rule her out of my list of suspects (got that from watching TV cop shows). She became even more negative...not to mention verbal...

At any rate, some time later, a fellow camper suggested it was pack rats. He also suggested I keep the hood of my truck open, as this would discourage the critters from eating the rubber hoses in the engine compartment as apparently they don't like light.

I strongly suspect this fellow was from the same gang of older boys at my elementary school that convinced me that lollipops grew on trees, and resulted in a couple of recesses being wasted, as I carefully searched through the trees at school.

Has anyone encountered a similar issue with whatever it was that bit the rubber hose off? What preemptive strategy should be used to thwart such shenanigans? How does one tactfully tell one's wife that she may have an issue with chewing on things while sleep walking? Do you keep the hood of your TV up when parked at a campsite?
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Never leave the hood up while camping, it's an open invitation for wives to pull dipsticks and check fluid levels. The simple solution is to never camp where there might be pack rats, rats, mice, squirrels, or other toothy critters running loose.

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Old 12-24-2016, 10:25 AM   #3
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We have had mice / chipmunks chew up the wiring on our car on two occasions . I have a friend who has had mice / chipmunks chew up the wiring and fuel lines on his generator.
They have also chewed up the wiring and hoses on our lawn mower. It has happened in summer and winter .
I would suspect the damage was caused by rodents and your wife is totally innocent.
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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I used to live in upstate ny
Porcupines used to eat up all the pvc plumbing under summer cabins
Our family hardware store would be crazy busy in the spring when folks returned to the lakes to open up their cottages
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Old 12-24-2016, 11:15 AM   #5
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...Do you keep the hood of your TV up when parked at a campsite?...
If you are camped in the far Southwestern desert, absolutely. Some folks keep a light on the ground to discourage critters and presumably wives from crawling around under there!
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Old 12-24-2016, 12:01 PM   #6
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We live in Arizona and have a very large population of various species of rodents that love to eat wires and hoses. We use a product called Rid-A-Rat, that is a magnetic mounted LED strobe light that you connect to your vehicles battery via alligator clips.....very little drain to the battery and you don't have to raise the hood of the vehicle. Some try moth balls scattered around and under the vehicle to discourage the critters, others peppermint oil on cotton balls. The Rid-A-Rat can be ordered online or purchased at ACE Hardware.
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Old 12-24-2016, 12:34 PM   #7
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I just spread cheese around my neighbors campground at night.......seems to keep the rats away. LOL!
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Since they are just rodents, like squirrels sans the bushy tails, we cured the problem with "heat." My wife has several bird feeders around the house, and she spends a small fortune on bird food. We store the bird seed in one of those Rubbermaid deck boxes. Well, the squirrels, (aka tree rats,) also seem to like the bird seed as well, and they chewed the livin' $#!+ out of the Rubbermaid box in their attempts to get at it. We bought some of that hot pepper spray in the rodent control department of the local garden store and sprayed it on the box. They tried it out as we expected that they would, and they haven't been back since. Lit them little tree rats up with several hundred thousand Scoville Units of mouth burning heat. You might try it on different things to keep them from chewing on stuff they don't need to be chewing on. It doesn't hurt rubber and plastic either, like belts, hoses and wire insulation. Just remember to wear gloves when working on something you sprayed. Don't rub your face either...
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Got a radio? Find a classic rap station. Drives the little critters crazy. Disco works too but nobody seems to play that anymore. Unfortunate. Staying alive staying alive.
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Got a radio? Find a classic rap station. Drives the little critters crazy. Disco works too but nobody seems to play that anymore. Unfortunate. Staying alive staying alive.
Hell, I'd eat the pepper spray myself, rather than listen to rap music...
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We have a pellet rifle and found it to be quite affective in the war against squirrels and chipmunks . A 308 works well also but one needs to be cautious plus it is a shade on the overkill side .
I will admit there is a couple bullet holes in the bird feeder but nothing duck tape couldn't fix.
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We have a pellet rifle and found it to be quite affective in the war against squirrels and chipmunks . A 308 works well also but one needs to be cautious plus it is a shade on the overkill side .
I will admit there is a couple bullet holes in the bird feeder but nothing duck tape couldn't fix.
I totally agree Steve. I also have a nice pellet rifle that I keep next to the sliding door to the back deck. Whenever I see a squirrel, he is fair game. (Since I live "in town", I can't use one of my real guns for obvious reasons.) But, my pellet gun has definitely impacted the squirrel population base considerably.

As an aside, I have two large black house cats who love "hunting" with me. They are both born hunters, and when they see me grab the pellet gun, they come out of nowhere and are "on point." One on each side of me watching. When I nail a squirrel, they are already running down through the brush and are usually on it before it hits the ground. Don't get me wrong, I like animals, but I don't like destructive rodents, so I don't lose any sleep over sending them to the great oak tree in the sky. I swear, my cats were probably hunting retrievers in a former life. It's as much fun to watch them as it is to eradicate destructive squirrels. Now, if I could just teach them to use the pellet gun, they could entertain themselves all day long.
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The hot pepper approach is most likely the best. Honda developed a rodent proofing tape that would be perfect for protecting hoses and wires except for the price. $30 / roll
How to Protect Your Car From Rodents | Rodent Tape - Consumer Reports News
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For those looking for a more humane approach to feeding the birds without feeding squirrels, we've used a squirrel proof feeder for years. It's spring loaded so the weight of the squirrel closes the feeder. Works well. This one was is made by a company called Brome.
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