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stephen haigh

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After full-timing for 3 years we have now bought a small property. Our motorhome has been parked at a c/l we have used often. Now twice over the winter a squirrel has gnawed through the fuel pipe, a costly repair. Any advice on how to solve this when the van is now not used on a daily basis, thanks
 
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Wow, antisocial squirrrls, If it's the fuel line they're targeting could you get some flexible metal trunking fitted ,?
They might decide to attack cables then.
Or you might have to find somewhere else to park.
 
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stephen haigh

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Thanks for the help, the c/l owner shot 4 earlier in the week, the flexible metal trunking is an idea
 

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Apparently the casing on wires contains soy oil, ( who knew) which is why they're attractive to squirrels.
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Sympathise with you, squirrels got into a friend's roof space and did a hell of a lot of damage.

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Little cuties and they come in a range of colours, this was on the golf course at Denia.


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There is a resident red squirrel here at El Raco beni.. jumps from roofs to awnings ..did wonder if it could do any damage

Kath
 

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Blasted things - our telephone kept braking down - the BT engineer fixed it and on the report form put “damage due to squirrels chewing wire” - lasted a couple of weeks and went again. Engineer said shoot them too:whistle:
 
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There is a resident red squirrel here at El Raco beni.. jumps from roofs to awnings ..did wonder if it could do any damage

Kath
Red are known not to be as destructive as grey's read tend to be more elusive than grey's they are rodents so require to knaw to keep there teeth short.
But tend to prefer wood like hazel birch beach chestnut apple cherry they tend to spend more time aloft in the trees and this makes them less destructive as they tend to not move across the ground.
Where the grey will explore in the undergrowth and the under side of your van and will chew almost any thing
hope this helps but there could be a someone more informed than me
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If you want to avoid sitting around for ages with your popgun,buy a trap. Not too difficult to set up,but mind your fingers don’t get trapped in the process.

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Mk IV fenn trap in a proper tunnel baited with peanut butter. You can get them on ebay. I had three out of my loft last year.
 
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Try putting food out,,it may divert them from your van,,BUSBY,,
 
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Correct, if you trap a grey squirrel you must kill it, not release it again.
Also, you must kill it ‘humanely’.
 

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After full-timing for 3 years we have now bought a small property. Our motorhome has been parked at a c/l we have used often. Now twice over the winter a squirrel has gnawed through the fuel pipe, a costly repair. Any advice on how to solve this when the van is now not used on a daily basis, thanks
We had an issue with neighbours cats using our garden to crap everywhere. Found a battery powered pir with a 'water pistol' type ejector attached. For cats we used diluting orange as they hated anything sticky on their fur. Don't know about squirrels but you could experiment with various additives? ;)
 

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Thanks for the help, the c/l owner shot 4 earlier in the week, the flexible metal trunking is an idea
I used the spiral metal sheathing from a shower hose when I had a similar problem. cheap as chips and readily available
 
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Metal cage humain trap off ebay with peanut butter works trap about £15 quid i caught two and let them go miles away on way to work
Thay must be humanly killed and not released back in to wild by law
Nice with garlic and onions slowly cooked in the oven
bill
 
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As much as i dislike the grey squirrel i couldnt bring myself to kill them so yes i broke the law and let them go. Hardly crime of the year! Call the police if you want probably find they are too busy with real crime
 
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Possible solution to avoid damage could be chilli powder

Saw it on a wildlife program where they added it to bird feeders, birds are unaffected by the spice but squirrels hate it
 

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