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Thread: Porcupines destroying solar cover reel

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    Aug 2014
    westfield, new jersey

    Porcupines destroying solar cover reel

    I've been a member since summer of 2014, and it was a shorting pool pump that brought me to TFP. The cause was a garter snake that had crawled into the vent of the motor when the pool pump was shut off for the night. On startup, snake was jerky, and pump was kaput until I could clear it.
    My IGP is in a rural location, and once again I'm having a problem with animals. This time it's porcupines - more than one, how many I don't know.
    They started to chew though the straps that connected the solar cover to the reel. Then they progressed to the reel itself. It's white resin, and is being devoured by gnawing huge chunks out of it. Both crank handles have been gnawed down to nubs, and the bottoms of the stands themselves are pretty well gone. They must be swallowing the stuff because there isn't much on the ground in the morning. The crunching noise at night wakes us up.
    I've tried hot pepper, coyote urine, and trapping in a Havahart trap. Nothing works.
    Has anyone experienced this, and how have you solved the problem?
    Thanks for any help you may give.

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    Jul 2012
    Tallahassee, FL

    Re: Porcupines destroying solar cover reel

    Do you have a fence around the pool/yard? NOT a dog for sure! OUCH on dog and wallet!

    They did not go into the trap?

    What an odd problem to have.

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