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Old 16 February 2014, 07:59   #1
Country: UK - England
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Rodent damage

What are the most secure ways to store deflated inflatables to prevent rodent damage? What types of storage systems, container materials, container sources, branded solutions do other sib/ rib owners use?
I've not had a problem yet but I am under pressure at home to move boat and outboard out of house and into the garage where I know we sometimes have mice. We have a cat already and he is a reasonably good mouser but can't be relied upon. Has anybody cracked this problem? Looking forward to getting out probably Easter time.

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Old 16 February 2014, 08:45   #2
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I dried mine off, covered it I'm French chalk, placed it in its bags, and shoved it up the loft , never had a problem

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Old 16 February 2014, 08:55   #3
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Store the inflatable off the ground. And get rid of the mice!

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Old 16 February 2014, 09:34   #4
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What you should have done it to have left it inflated in the house then once she started to really moan, you would have only needed to let the air out and roll it up.

We used to get scratching in the walls here so I plugged one of these in....

... scratching stopped instantly, these things get really mixed reviews so I'd not rely on it for protecting an inflatable but they certainly work for me.
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