I have 12 acres of palm trees with plastic tubing 2 feet above the ground and where the quarter inch tubing comes out of the master to water each palm. I am having crazy headaches first with rabbits and secondly with i think mice –both are looking for water and even though we leave out bowls for them they like chewing the spitter tubing better –the rabbits chew right through it while the mice make a crack in 2 or 3 places which means the water sprays everywhere—which of your products would work and would it be best to spray the pipe rather than the ground –how long will your best product last on the tubing?
Thanks and I hope yopu are my lifesaver.
Mice generally don’t require water was explained in our MOUSE CONTROL ARTICLE so I’m not sure they are actually seeking the water. Rabbits and Rats definitely like access to water so either could be involved. There are other animals that might be doing this type of damage like ground squirrels, chipmunks and tree squirrels. Regardless, there are two “lines of defense” you can draw which will help stave off the damage.
Since mice, rats and other animals will many times chew and gnaw just to grind their fast growing teeth, bad tasting agents can slow and even stop the unwanted behavior. It will be tedious treating every bit of exposed hosing you have and before I recommend such a thorough application, I say first do some test applications to see which of the two products I recommend will last the longest and perform the best. In our RAT CONTROL and MOUSE CONTROL articles you will find extensive details about ROPEL LIQUID and 4-THE BIRDS LIQUID and 4-THE BIRDS GEL. These are all bad tasting and in general will last at least 1-6 months per application. The Ropel will have to be applied more frequently but it will be much easier to use. I bet you could successfully treat the plastic tubing with just using a good PUMP SPRAYER.
4-The-Birds Liquid or Gel will be more tedious to apply but it will last much longer. Applications should last upwards of 6 months and the liquid or gel will stop gnawing on anything treated. It’s clear and odorless but it’s gooey and uncomfortable so rodents or any animal will undoubtedly avoid treated surfaces.
Lastly, trapping and removing some of the animals can also prove helpful. In cases like this, we’ve had customers use the very same tubing as bait. 1-2 foot sections of the tubing can be “smeared” with the attractant lures we have featured in the respective targeted animal articles. These lures will make the tubing even more attractive to the nuisance animal and will get them into any live or kill trap. By reducing the local population you’ll undoubtedly cut down on the possibility of damage happening. If you have further questions please give us a call on our toll free at 1.800.877.7290.
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