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Wabbit Trouble.........

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Well it has started this year those DARN WABBITS.

I have a wabbit that has eaten the bottom string of lights. In three places they have eaten all the way thru the lights.

Now this is the strange part........ I have 38,000 lights and I have lights that they can get to also (laying on the ground and base of trees) but do not bother them at all it is only on the botton part of the fence that is 12" off the ground.

Last year I repaired this string 3 or 4 times over the season, I have not even run a test yet and I have been gotten.......

Looking for some method other than WABBIT STEW...... to rid me of this problem......

Thanks

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How about a bunch of mouse traps. I have used them to keep cat's off a windowsill outside. Here's the trick... turn them upside down after setting them. This way you won't hurt the animal but it will scare the you know what out of them!

I like the rabbit stew method better:p;)

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See if you can get your hands on a live trap. Wabbit walks in for the yummy food, then it closes him in. Then you can take him to an animal shelter.

Other than that the results might not be too good for a rabbit. (Know anyone with a Boston Terrier or a .22 rifle?)

Could always plug in a new strand with all blackouts so the rabbit won't see the lights and let him bite into a live 120v light strand. No permanent damage and he learns a lesson.

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Make a cylinder around the base of the fence post or tree out of chicken wire or something that won't be too visible but will prevent them from getting at the lights.

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Aaah the Waskily Wabbits. We have those. But it's the Coyotes that really get to me. It's one thing to replace $2 stringof minis, but 2 years ago I had a rampage om my extension cords. I guess the orange color really made them mad. It was like a lawn mower had gotten to them. and it was after the lights had shut down, so no cooked coyotes. It's like they new...

I like the paint ball gun idea, the sting will scare them off and then you can tell if it's the same varmint coming back.

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I have the same problems with the bunny foo-foo's. Not much I can do other than try to keep as much as I can up off the ground 6" or so. Seems like they aren't trying to eat mine so much as they just nibble thru the wires if they deem they are in their usual path of travel. Two years ago I was literally fixing lights every night! Last year they only got me maybe 6 or 8 times, one section of net lights I just gave up on, they obliterated it!

Squrrills give me fits too. They think the LED bulbs are a piece of fruit I guess and chew on them and cut them off the string. I had a talk with one on my roof the other day and told him to leave the lights alone if he wanted to see tomorrow.

Yes, I have tried leaving the lights ON during the day, just the stuff that's close to the ground. It does work, no chewed wires... I think they can actually sence the current in the wires and don't even attempt it.

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I had this problem at my parents house every year I would loose 3-4 sets of lights, they always chewed the wire right by the lights so I would have to cut out a light or 2 of the string.

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I spent 2 hours fixing 2-200 light sets last night......argggggg

Oh .....Oh...... I just saw one.

time to go wabbit Hunting............

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I'm pretty quick at fixing them, LOTS of practice. Best way is to use butt-splices and wire them LIVE. Very hard to tell what wire is what with the set unplugged... With it on I can touch wires together until the whole string lights back up, then I know what mates back with what.

Don't do this when it very wet out, and make sure you are wearing good shoes, don't touch a bare wire and anything else! Don't forget, there is one wire in there that's 110v!

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Has anyone tried SCAT MATs? They are made for pets. Scat Mats are a flat thin rubber or plastic mat (comes in varying shapes and sizes for different uses). It emits a very low level electrical current, that to me, feels like a faint tickle. Anyway, it keeps the animals off the area where the scat mat is. I would think this would work great for limited areas of critter vandalism.

this is just one of many websites and stores that carry these. Pick the size that is right for you. There is a video on this website to help explain.

http://www.mightypets.com/Scat-Mat-Training-ScatMats.html

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Has anyone tried SCAT MATs? They are made for pets. Scat Mats are a flat thin rubber or plastic mat (comes in varying shapes and sizes for different uses). It emits a very low level electrical current, that to me, feels like a faint tickle. Anyway, it keeps the animals off the area where the scat mat is. I would think this would work great for limited areas of critter vandalism.

I could make something like that..! Just use some conductive mats (ESD) and charge them with about 50000 volts...

Add a little current, say 5 or 6 amps :eek:.

Wabbit stew!

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well I went to the farm store last weekend and bought some repellant. Its a power of sorts and it seams to be working ok I also bought some mineral blocks and put them in the back yard where I have no lights, spent about $20.00, I thought if I gave them something better to eat than my lights they would leave them alone. Time will tell........

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