Something – we suspect a chipmunk – is chewing through the wires in our irrigation control valve box. We clean it out and fix the wires, only to have it happen again and again. Any suggestions? -Beth
You’re not alone – one of the toughest challenges in a home irrigation system is preventing damage from gnawing and nesting critters such as chipmunks, rats, squirrels, and gophers. Those irrigation control boxes are like a perfect piece of turnkey real estate for rodents – they can’t resist moving right in!
Here are some tips for keeping your irrigation system safe from pests.
Rodent-Proofing an Irrigation Valve Control Box
The rodent solution is deceptively simple – you have to protect the irrigation valve control box so that they can’t get in, but that’s easier said than done! To rodent-proof your irrigation valve box, you’ll need to investigate to see if you can determine if they’re getting in through:
Unfortunately, some rodents seem to devote their lives to outsmarting even the best laid plans, and you’ll need to make sure your measures are working. Keep an eye on your valve box, remove any nesting material you see, and immediately seal off any openings or evidence of chewing.
- Valve Filter and Regulator Detail (irrigationtutorial.com)
- How to Deal with Moles in Your Yard (article)
- How to Deal with Voles (Field Mice) in Your Yard (article)
- How to Keep Squirrels Away from Your Bird Feeder (article)