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muscrat really a Muskrat

I mispelled it as these critters are named for the musk gland at the base of the tail. They look like rats, they are quite a bit larger, but they are primarily vegitarians vs. the brown rat which will eat just about anything. The pelts are still worth money and as kids we used to trap them and sell them.
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They are vegitarians, quite a bit larger than rats, live in burrows on the bank and the pelts are still worth money. The name is actually MusKrat and named for the musk gland at the base of the 8-12" tail
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The new Picardin based insect repellents seem to work quite well, and it is supposed to irritate the skin less than DEET as well as be less toxic than DEET. However, be aware that Picardin hasn't been proven to work on chiggers, so carrying a DEET-based insect repellent is probably a good idea if going inland, for use on the pant legs and socks.

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We are not from the East Coast, but our experience in general is that spiders love boats. They get quite large in our area. Must be the good food source. They also love to make nice webs in the rigging. They can make quite a mess as well as be a nuisance.

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We are not from the East Coast, but our experience in general is that spiders love boats. They get quite large in our area. Must be the good food source. They also love to make nice webs in the rigging. They can make quite a mess as well as be a nuisance.
And here I have a serious case of arachnophobia.

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Yesterday I was putting some Cetol on the teak toe rail of our boat which is moored about a quarter mile from land in the Hudson River. The boat has been moored for over 2 months yet there are always ship's spiders. Not big ones but spiders none the less. They never really bother me and they do eat other insects so they must be doing some service for me and the boat.
One problem area for boats in the north east (and I suspect everywhere) is water fowl (sea gulls mostly). If they take to your boat (sitting on the spreaders, decks, anywhere) they leave behind their calling card: guano. These birds do not like loose lines and things that flap in the wind though (leave halyards slightly loose). Some motor boats that are moored in my LI Sound anchorage use those strings of colorful plastic flags to repel the birds. Yet I have seen a motor boat with its canvas cover and 'Grand Opening' flags covered with sea gulls if the wind is not up. It is like a sea gull party complete with flags and guano; all that is missing is the mirrored disco ball.
Speaking of this, I have seen people use CD's (computer discs), the shiny ones tied and suspended that seem to unnerve the birds.
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We're in NH. Good info about the seagulls; not crazy about the spider thing, especially in tight quarters, but way better than snakes!
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