Feeding the rats with cheese would be a lot cheaper. <g> I'd try to get rid of the rodents instead.
It is a constant problem, specially in housing complex. You need to use conduit all the time or rodent proof conduit to help eliminate the damage.
IPVMU Certified | 03/08/14 11:10pm
We've probably ended up with a few thousand in damage from squirrels over the last 5 or so years. Nothing major given the size of our cable plant which is 2000+ miles of inside plant copper and a couple hundred of outside plant fiber and copper. Most has actually been interior UTP isolated to two major locations and then a small fiber issue at another spot.
We don't have much troubles with rodents eating trough our cables.
They do, however, seem to have some intrest in our Scotchlok's! They fill themselves with silicone once you press them down.
So we imagine there is a good looking mouse running about with some firm boobies.
IPVMU Certified | 03/10/14 02:06pm
We've only had one incident that I know of over the last 13 years or so. They chewed the cables in an access point at the edge of our property.
Chesapeake & Midlantic
At one job, we had a serious rat problem. So I bought the hottest hot sauce I could find and doused the wires. Then we had a serious rat problem and a serious ant and roach problem, too.
My boss laughed until he cried, until I told him I was serious and also that I'd already done it.
Has not been a huge problem for me personally. I know squirells chew through the Telephone/TV lines all the time in my area. But as for security I get the odd chew on some Station Wire in a house, but not enough to warrant taking extreme measures such as conduit for everything, or rat proofing stuff.