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Animals, particularly rodents, cause untold damage to wires, cables and piping by
chewing on these plastic products. Rodents chew because they must (their teeth
continue to grow during their lifetimes and must be constantly worn down) while
deer and other animals chew in search of food or out of boredom. Whatever the
reason, the very act of chewing damages the wire or pipe rendering them useless –
or worse, creating a dangerous situation. At the very least, the damage these
animals cause can result in expensive repairs.
Particularly troublesome are rodents, which are present everywhere and can cause
massive damage to power cables and wiring in homes. They chew on plastic
doors, sidings, benches, molded plastic parts, cables, wires, automobile wiring –
practically anything. In the wild too, several animals chew on products made of
plastic such as plastic bins and containers, cables and pipes. Rodents chewing on
cables expose the wiring inside of them, potentially causing a short circuit and a
How severe is the problem? Well, it ranges from mild to deadly.
In response to a complaint about sagging cable and fuzzy TV reception, a Comcast
crew…discovered the drooping cable wasn’t the cause of bad reception – it was a hungry
squirrel with an apparent taste for rubbery wiring. Yep, seems a rodent had chewed his (or
her) way into the wire that feeds the house and created havoc.
– Bowie Blade News, Bowie, Maryland Nov. 30, 2006
The New Zealand Stock Exchange was forced to close for several hours on Monday after
rodents apparently chewed through a fibre-optic communication cable, leading to the
collapse of the country's telecoms network.
Rats are thought to have chewed through a main communication cable on the country's
North Island. Services were then routed to different parts of the network, but at the same