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Old April 22nd, 2019, 06:25 AM
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Default Squirrel damage

Is there a time of year that is worse than others for chewing damage to lines? I am guessing winter would be the worst time but don't yet know and would like to plan out my repair time - late fall or just before tapping next year.
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Old April 22nd, 2019, 08:17 PM
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All 12 months are bad in regards to squirrels. Reduce the squirrel population. I do not know in winter is worse than any other month, they are all bad.
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Think about the one thing you hate the most in the entire world .......that is about to become second place and squirrels will become your new most hated thing, they are demons and instruments of the devil
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We had one chew off every stubbie in a one acre section of the woods. Other than that we had more damage from deer than squirrels.
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Is it more the laterals and drops or pretty much even with mainline?
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Rarely if ever on mainlines, 99%+ on laterals and drops and almost all of those are by a tree. I rarely get squirrel chews away from the trees.
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Iíve never had any squirrel problems. I have woodpeckers that poke holes in the mainline on each side of the saddle, so close itís almost impossible to fix. I ended up getting a soldering iron and pieces of tubing and welding them shut. Took 3 days to get them all.


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I'd say 95% laterals and drops. Deer and squirrels don't tend to chew mainlines but bears and coyotes do. Deer chews are more of a mashing of the pipe, squirrells look like slices were taken and bears/coyotes you can see the punctures from incisors.
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Old April 29th, 2019, 01:21 PM
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Thanks guys. Will start picking up the inventory to deal with drops and laterals first and what you are telling me makes sense. I hadn't even used the tubing yet and found two taps chewed right off when tapping this season.
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