Drip line preditors
Help, we live on several acres outside of Salem. We have several thousand feet of drip lines watering many plants. Some beast is chewing holes in the lines. As fast as a line is repaired, another one is damaged. We almost lost a huge number of azaleas last summer because their line was damaged. My wife (who apologizes to bugs before smashing them) is ready to kill anything that moves. We do have a fresh water source that is always available, so it isn't for need of water. Due to the number of "latrines" on our property we know we have a good supply of raccoons. We have seen possums, skunks and squirrels (who we have seen chewing on small drip lines). Any suggestions (other than automatic weapons) would be helpful!!
Marion County Oregon
I have attached photos of the teeth marks with a scale.
This has been a problem since we purchased the property 11 years ago, but It has gotten worse. Generally they don't chew the end crimps (there are not to many of those). Almost all of the drippers are damaged (see photos).
We have not run the drip system at night since the first night we stayed in the house. I had the drip system running and we were awoken by horrible screaming. A flashlight revealed a raccoon thrashing the drip line.
I neglected to mention that all damage is above ground.