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I have a lot of trees in my yard...and squirrels. I'm not 100% sure the squirrels are the critters doing the damage, but it seems the most likely. My neighbor says he's seen a possum in his yard before...and I'm not ruling out rats or mice.

Anyway, this is the third time this has happened. I hate to start killing squirrels to prevent it; it's kind of fun looking at them scamper up and down my trees. Plus, they might not be the offender anyway.

Here's what the damage looks like:

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Is it not possible to bury your lines? – Randy Jun 9 '11 at 3:38
@randy - Yes, I had mulch covering them originally, but I haven't had time to put rain gutters up yet and when it rained the gradually got uncovered. Need to bump that up the priority list. Good suggestion. – Shane Jun 9 '11 at 15:29
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Weaponize some chili pepper oil by putting it in an atomizer or other spray bottle; proceed to spray the equipment.

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I like this idea a lot, I'll give it a try. Do you have any personal experience with this that proves that this will work? – Shane Jun 8 '11 at 19:32
You don't typically see critters chewing on pepper plants... and the NPIC (National Pesticide Information Center) – mfg Jun 8 '11 at 19:34
+1. This can also work for keeping rabbits and other nibblers out of gardens w/o a fence. – JSBձոգչ Jun 8 '11 at 19:35

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