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Old 12-29-2009, 03:54 PM   #21
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I woudent go lattice,solid skirting is what I use, with screen vents backed with steel mesh. We have a lot of city critters over here from coyotes to possoms and reaching to armadillos none of them get thru the skirting I install because there is no reason to.

Lattice sets a challange to them they just have to see what is back there what they dont see they dont care about. Sometimes they do scrach around the vents but they cant get thru the steel and go on to something else.

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Old 12-29-2009, 04:02 PM   #22
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We ran into this a couple of years ago. Some people bought the house and the deck was old and in rough shape so they called me for a new one. We put a sprinkler system in to water some plants in the planters around the edges and also ran hose bibs to a couple of spots in the outside of the deck. They were afraid their dog would get under there and tear up the plumbing. Before we put the side boards on, we dug a skinny trench around the outside perimeter of the deck about 1 1/2' deep. Then buried 2"x3" welded wire fencing and backfilled the trench. This was before we put the top deck boards on. Then put the deck boards on top and on the sides down to the ground. As far as I know the dog has never got in.

This is the same thing my dad did years ago when he had a hound that would dig out of the dog pens. Always seemed like they would dig down and hit the buried fence then move on to try in another spot. After a couple of tries they would usually give up.
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We had a skunk, opossums, chipmunks, and some others setting up shop under our deck for a period of time a year or so ago. No idea why - but they seemed to love the underside of our low deck. We've got several cats and a nasty dog but the only thing that finally stopped them was lattice (I hate lattice - but my wife likes it....yes dear) backed with 1/4" welded galvanized steel (rat wire as we call it) screen. We had to run the screen down to a depth of 24" into the ground on all sides of the deck - we did 12" the first time but the pains in the ass simply dug under it. No problems since.
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CSwinC I never had opossum. They tell me it taste 's like Chicken but with hairs.
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Possom is not bad a little srtingy like Rat. J.
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We ran into this a couple of years ago. Some people bought the house and the deck was old and in rough shape so they called me for a new one. We put a sprinkler system in to water some plants in the planters around the edges and also ran hose bibs to a couple of spots in the outside of the deck. They were afraid their dog would get under there and tear up the plumbing. Before we put the side boards on, we dug a skinny trench around the outside perimeter of the deck about 1 1/2' deep. Then buried 2"x3" welded wire fencing and backfilled the trench. This was before we put the top deck boards on. Then put the deck boards on top and on the sides down to the ground. As far as I know the dog has never got in.

This is the same thing my dad did years ago when he had a hound that would dig out of the dog pens. Always seemed like they would dig down and hit the buried fence then move on to try in another spot. After a couple of tries they would usually give up.

Grandpa ran a hot wire from the fencer around the bottom of the dog run. The bird dog learned real quick not to dig under the fence.
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Grandpa ran a hot wire from the fencer around the bottom of the dog run. The bird dog learned real quick not to dig under the fence.

We were at a job one day and noticed two wires tacked along the lower edge of a row of shakes. The corner was all torn up - obviously by a cat. Homeowner said the cat doesn't claw his house anymore!
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Anybody ever hear of mothballs? They've been keeping critters away from my homes for years.

They also work in gardens/lanscaping to keep rodents to armadillos away.
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I have been doing pest and wildlife control for a while now and mothballs dont do much. you need a rat wall. Dig down 8-12" and and take 1/4" hardware cloth and bend it so there is 8 inches going out and then run it up to the deck. So it makes an L
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How about a 'have a heart trap' for those pesky critters?
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Claymores.

Just make sure you put them facing the right way and let the kids know its three quick clicks, not two.

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