Rats VS My 5E3 Deluxe........ ugh

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I thank God every now and again that we have an actual government run department we call the Rat Patrol to keep my area rat free. They take it pretty serious here View attachment 994237

Back in Indiana I knew the head of the DOH "rat patrol." He played harp with a band that I occasionally recorded. He carried a golf putter that was used to stick the grip end into rat holes to evaluate them. I talked to him about my trying to evict rats from my wood pile, and then from the burrow they dug after being evicted. He recommended poison and advised "They're not an endangered species, you know."

Here in Western NY there is an occasional rat on our semi-rural property, but I make them unwelcome by destroying or removing any cover they use between them and a food source. I do not poison them. The rats are controlled by the many large owls who prey on rats at night, here. A poisoned rat is a poisoned owl and I won't do that.
 

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More likely squirrels. We've got examples at our place.
I do have one squirrel around sometimes. Haven't seen him in at least 6 mos though. Could be. He must be friends with the mice as he never gets a hole big enough for him to get in, but mice love it!
 

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I really do need a cat again, but the coyotes would have it in a quick day or two.
 

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I do have one squirrel around sometimes. Haven't seen him in at least 6 mos though. Could be. He must be friends with the mice as he never gets a hole big enough for him to get in, but mice love it!

Sometimes the squirrels just like to chew, damn it.
 

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I store a good bit of gear in one of those climate controlled storage units. The outfit I rent from is considered one of the better companies in town.

I was last in my unit in mid-April. I went yesterday to retrieve a guitar and as soon as I walked into the building I was almost knocked down by a horrible stench. Opened my unit and immediately notice rat turds all over the place.

Ran down management, who just happened to be in the building accessing the situation at that time. Was informed that the infestation was discovered in the past few weeks, and they had just completed notification to the tenants with the outside non climate units. I reported what I had found and they asked for a key so the exterminator could set a trap in my unit.

Told Wifey what was going on, and she wanted to check a second unit we have there that contains her Mom's stuff (in another building on the other side of the compound). All clear there, so we went to check my unit again.

After visiting my unit, we decided to ask if we could move to another building. They had a same size unit in the same building as the one with wifey's mom's stuff, so I spent the day re-boxing everything and decided to take my amps (three vintage Fenders, one boutique DR clone, and three tweed homebrews) apart to check for any damage. My amps all looked good until I pulled my Mission 5E3 from the wall, and this is what I found:

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(I have no clue where they pulled those blue ribbons from)

Not only did they chew up a bit of the cab and speaker, plus chewing through the power chord, the buggers used the cab for their toilet, so the cab stinks to high heaven. Was not going to take it the new unit to stink it up and wifey was not letting it into the house as well. So the cab and what is left of the speaker it sitting in the green house, and the chassis (minus the power chord) is in the garage.

During the day, the manager came up to me to inform they had found a bag of dog food in one of units, and they figure that is what had drawn the rats in.

I had found one of the ultrasonic pest repellers that is battery powered and does a pretty good job. Just ordered a couple to put into our two units (just in case).

Even though the 5E3 cab is not really damaged that much, I don't think I will ever get that smell out of it. So, it's time to shop for a new cab and speaker and get that sucker back in the game.

D
You got of lucky, imho, with damage to only the Mission. I have to ask, though, what amps does your wife allow in the house? i mean….what do you play through?
 

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You got of lucky, imho, with damage to only the Mission. I have to ask, though, what amps does your wife allow in the house? i mean….what do you play through?

Our problem is lack of space in our house of 35 years. Wifey is generally supportive of my GAS attacks, but between my gear collection, her work (she works from home), and yet even more of her mothers crap, we could almost qualify for an episode of 'Hoaders' :)

At the moment, I'm playing through a 62 Brownface Princeton in my so called studio. Also have a 65 Vibro Champ, and a 5F1 Champ (one of those homebrew tweeds) that I use from time to time. My other amps are just too loud for home use, which is why they are in storage.

I do consider myself fortunate that there was not more damage.

D
 

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I store a good bit of gear in one of those climate controlled storage units. The outfit I rent from is considered one of the better companies in town.

I was last in my unit in mid-April. I went yesterday to retrieve a guitar and as soon as I walked into the building I was almost knocked down by a horrible stench. Opened my unit and immediately notice rat turds all over the place.

Ran down management, who just happened to be in the building accessing the situation at that time. Was informed that the infestation was discovered in the past few weeks, and they had just completed notification to the tenants with the outside non climate units. I reported what I had found and they asked for a key so the exterminator could set a trap in my unit.

Told Wifey what was going on, and she wanted to check a second unit we have there that contains her Mom's stuff (in another building on the other side of the compound). All clear there, so we went to check my unit again.

After visiting my unit, we decided to ask if we could move to another building. They had a same size unit in the same building as the one with wifey's mom's stuff, so I spent the day re-boxing everything and decided to take my amps (three vintage Fenders, one boutique DR clone, and three tweed homebrews) apart to check for any damage. My amps all looked good until I pulled my Mission 5E3 from the wall, and this is what I found:

52147352281_b43378bbd0_c.jpg

(I have no clue where they pulled those blue ribbons from)

Not only did they chew up a bit of the cab and speaker, plus chewing through the power chord, the buggers used the cab for their toilet, so the cab stinks to high heaven. Was not going to take it the new unit to stink it up and wifey was not letting it into the house as well. So the cab and what is left of the speaker it sitting in the green house, and the chassis (minus the power chord) is in the garage.

During the day, the manager came up to me to inform they had found a bag of dog food in one of units, and they figure that is what had drawn the rats in.

I had found one of the ultrasonic pest repellers that is battery powered and does a pretty good job. Just ordered a couple to put into our two units (just in case).

Even though the 5E3 cab is not really damaged that much, I don't think I will ever get that smell out of it. So, it's time to shop for a new cab and speaker and get that sucker back in the game.

D
I would be so angry.
That really Sucks.
 

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Old song….not meant as a comment on the OP’s situation…just an oldie….
 
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Happened to me earlier this year. The squirrels did $5k of damage to the wiring in my new car.
Honda Automotive Division doesn't advertise this--but they use a rodent deterrent (hot pepper) in the plastic insulation of their wire looms. It works.

I live and street park in an urban neighborhood that's attractive to rats. They destroyed the wiring harness in my 2018 Highlander last winter. Shouldn't have had to, but I paid out of pocket to get that fixed.

I took my insurance business elsewhere and drive an Acura now.
 

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I live and street park in an urban neighborhood that's attractive to rats. They destroyed the wiring harness in my 2018 Highlander last winter. Shouldn't have had to, but I paid out of pocket to get that fixed.

I took my insurance business elsewhere and drive an Acura now.
I was fortunate the dealer and my insurance company worked well together to cover most of the cost. It took me several moments to collect my thoughts when they gave me the initial damage and repair quote.
 




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