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Here's why you don't want to ignore rodents in any building. They gained access to the inside of the shop by climbing the support posts for the porch. Then the porch rafters gave them a comfortable place to rest while they attacked the fascia board. They gnawed the fascia to enlarge the opening under the rib of the 3-rib building panel on the roof. Once inside, they had the run of the place because there was no ceiling and the builder had left an open space at the top of the walls. They set up housekeeping in my shop, but they aren't housebroken at all. It seems they destroyed about half the insulation in the void between each pair of studs. Some of it they carried off, and the rest they shredded and compacted against the floor. They appear to have designated certain spaces as their bathroom. The insulation in those spaces is very odiferous. I didn't take any photos of the wiring, but some of the wires are stripped bare of insulation for about 6 inches to a foot at a time. They would leave both the black wire and the white wire bare, but leave the insulation between them. All the wire needed was a good twist to create a dead short. I'm stripping the whole thing down to the studs and starting over with fresh insulation and repairing wires as I go.

I've spent a lot of time denying access and repairing the damage. A little time spent earlier on access control would have saved a lot of time and money later.
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They do a number on things once the get inside. I know of a lake cabin they got into several years ago. They evidently couldnt figure out how they got in and destroyed window trim, Sheetrock and other things. Then to add insult to injury they starved to death in there. Talk about a mes! The cabin had been winterized in October and they weren't discovered until early April.
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I came back from sea after 3 months and it was apparent my bride hadn't been using my truck. I opened the hood to check fluid levels before I took her out for a spin, and the engine compartment was packed full of leaves. Somebody had been building a nest. I started shoveling out the leaves, and heard the sound of something hard hitting the deck under the truck. I found the OBD connector on the ground, and started looking at the wiring harness in that area. The little buggers had chewed off the connectors, and about 4 inches of the harness.

Fortunately they only damaged those wires, nothing else. I crimped on some blind caps, and she fired right up.

I can't stand those destructive little buggers. Fortunately the dogs keep them from getting comfortable near the house.

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I live in the country on 2 acres. We have 4 cats here, two were inherited from my inlaws when they moved to town. There are no mice, no chipmunks, and no squirrels. Cats can be a nuisance but they are way better than the critters they keep away.

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My parents lived in retirement community in Clearwater, Florida. They put rubber snakes under the hood to keep squirrels out. A neighbor lady had the wiring in her car replaced twice because of squirrels getting under the hood and chewing the insulation.
Sorry to hear about your dilemma. Put moth balls up in the overhead space from time to time. That should work for many types of critters Saw a fellow camper who worked part-time at a campground put moth balls under his motorcycle trailer to keep spiders and other undesirables out.

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If only my wife liked cats................... We're over-run with squirrels here, and they're not the least afraid of humans. My wife will open the back door to catch one on the deck digging in her flower pots - and it just sits there and looks at her. Even worse is the ground hog that seems to have moved in. I thought that they were nocturnal and afraid of humans but not this one - I see him strolling down the yard in broad daylight with one of my tomatoes in his mouth, occasionally stopping to take another bite. The tomatoes are in Earthboxes, off the ground on cement blocks but he manages to pick all the tomatoes he wants now that he ate the zucchini plants. Guess next year I'll have to put a fence around them - unless I can arrange an "accident" between now and then. The county used to loan traps so that you could catch them and transport them to the next county but now you have to buy them.
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And then the guy in the other county brings them back over to your county. Once any animal becomes a nuisance they will always be one, same for anything from a mouse to a bear. There is only one lasting solution.

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I handed a 525-round box of .22LR to my neighbor's son. He keeps the squirrel population under control.
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And then the guy in the other county brings them back over to your county. Once any animal becomes a nuisance they will always be one, same for anything from a mouse to a bear. There is only one lasting solution.
True, but a little difficult in development of 1/2 acre lots. My immediate neighbor has the same opinion of groundhogs as I do - it moved to my lot after cleaning him out earlier this summer - so he probably wouldn't have a problem. I found a local company that specializes in trapping critters, will give them a call tomorrow and see what their prices look like.
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I don't have any pets but keep poison trays in my out buildings and at least for me that keeps the rodents under control.
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