I didn't do a search on CA for this and I apologize, I'm going to post while I have the chance, though I did do a google search.
We have to replace our cable for internet access about every 3-6months, from a point just outside the house, through the inside attic... It seems these rats with furry tails find it IRRESISTABLE.
We've put a pvc pipe where they could reach the cable sitting outside and on through to the inside of the attic, so that stopped that chewing, they moved to another spot apparently.
Does anyone have any suggestions on this, or why they do it? Is it a problem for anyone else?
We know when it happens as our internet is so sketchy we can't stay connected for more than 1min-5min at a time. And of course the chewed cable as evidence.
We didn't want to kill the squirrels*, so here is what we are about to try or thinking of:
1. Fill the attic with mothballs as a "detterant"
2. Run a pvc pipe the ENTIRE length of the attic (oh fun), then run the line through it.
3. Actually I think my husband tried to poison them even with my sad face looks, but now I'm ready to declare war and grab a fire arm.
We could spray fox urine up there (bought at local feed store)... but you know what... I REALLY hope thats not going to be in our plan.
As for reasons they LOVe cable so much...
Jenny Craig for Squirrels
I knew it was some fad diet all along.
Though we were debating, is it something in the casing or is it the minor jolt they get, and they like it... so keep coming back for more. Our cable man tells us they will get a minor minor jolt, but not like an electrical cord at all. So every friday night do the teenage squirrels meet in our attic and get shocked for kicks?
We live in a somewhat old house (was my husbands grandmothers) and so these squirrels have lived there quite a while, we've tried plugging routes in, but they find others. And there may be an obvious answer, but I kept finding stories about beaver control on google and I was too afraid to click those links .. eh.
Any ideas, any similar experience? We're to run new cable today or this weekend, but sheesh, to do this so often is yucky and sooner or later my husband is going to ask me to go in the attic, wait no nevermind, I just thought of some really really good excuses... and if I fall down once trying... (the female mind in process)
*edit* so while I'm waiting for the internet to return so I can "submit new thread" I had an idea that I got from the another site I reached before cable went out again...
Make "containers" of sorts from metal screening, filled with mothballs and closed up good with metal wire. Then attach these again, with metal wire along the cable...
thinking out loud, the metal is so the squirrels can't remove them easily, but then they might chew the cord faster to get the "bags of mothballs to drop"
perhaps just placing these squirrel proof (haha) containers all over various places in the attic, just not on the cable will work?
*and if you trap them... where do you let them go? legally?* And wouldn't mroe of those little randy fellows move in?