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didgeridoo2
10-02-2012, 09:09 AM
Hi folks.

I usually keep a uke at work and yesterday I brought in my Kiwaya KS1 and I left it here overnight. When I came in this morning, I picked up the uke and noticed that something had nibbled on my headstock and on the corner of the soundbox. We don't have any rodent problems that I can tell and I saw no droppings, so I wonder if an insect could have done this last night. I did leave it sitting in the soft case which I left open under my desk.

Anybody have this happen to them? Any suggestions as to what may have caused this? I live in Southern California and we do have insects that snack on wood.

I guess my beater uke has a bit more personality now. Still sounds and plays well!

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NatalieS
10-02-2012, 09:13 AM
My first guess would be a rodent, judging by those symmetrical marks on the lower bout. It looks like something grabbed the edge and chomped down with upper and lower incisors. Craziness!

GinnyT11
10-02-2012, 09:14 AM
I'm not an insectologist, but it looks like the work of a ukenivore.

gyosh
10-02-2012, 09:14 AM
Hi folks.

I usually keep a uke at work and yesterday I brought in my Kiwaya KS1 and I left it here overnight. When I came in this morning, I picked up the uke and noticed that something had nibbled on my headstock and on the corner of the soundbox. We don't have any rodent problems that I can tell and I saw no droppings, so I wonder if an insect could have done this last night. I did leave it sitting in the soft case which I left open under my desk.

Anybody have this happen to them? Any suggestions as to what may have caused this? I live in Southern California and we do have insects that snack on wood.

I guess my beater uke has a bit more personality now. Still sounds and plays well!

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I think you have a rodent problem. Is it an office building? What other businesses are in the building?

didgeridoo2
10-02-2012, 09:25 AM
I think you have a rodent problem. Is it an office building? What other businesses are in the building?

Not an office building. We do have a restaurant across the street and a new business opened up next door. They sell vapor cigarette stuff and oxygen and I'm not really sure what they do to tell you the truth. They are called the vapor spot. Otherwise, there's nothing in here that a rodent would be interested in, since we sell high end fitness equipment. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on things.

Hippie Dribble
10-02-2012, 09:35 AM
mmmm Jeff, those Kiwayas are pretty yummy :drool:

beater uke? That one's an 'eater' uke :p

Newportlocal
10-02-2012, 09:40 AM
Oh man that is a nightmare. Shudder.

strumsilly
10-02-2012, 09:45 AM
could be a new, hungry arrival. varmints hitch a ride in packing boxes and can get through remarkably tight openings. one could have even hitched a ride in a new treadmill or exercise bike. I'd get a mousetrap and obviously keep the case zipped .Or you might consider getting the little guy a cheesy little uke of it's own. btw, Kiwaya makes a nice uke.

didgeridoo2
10-02-2012, 09:45 AM
mmmm Geoff, those Kiwayas are pretty yummy :drool:

I kinda like the idea that this was going on under my desk last night.

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mailman
10-02-2012, 09:51 AM
Are you positive the marks are critter-caused? Any chance it could be zipper rash from the soft case? Just playing devil's advocate, here....

didgeridoo2
10-02-2012, 09:56 AM
Are you positive the marks are critter-caused? Any chance it could be zipper rash from the soft case? Just playing devil's advocate, here....

No, there are little scraps of wood inside the case. Pretty sure it was dinner for something. It has been ridiculously hot here and the critter could be driven inside because of the 100+ degree temps we've been having.

gyosh
10-02-2012, 10:03 AM
No, there are little scraps of wood inside the case. Pretty sure it was dinner for something. It has been ridiculously hot here and the critter could be driven inside because of the 100+ degree temps we've been having.

We're in California. Other people get a little "sensitive" when we complain about heat. They always pull the humidity card on us :)

sukie
10-02-2012, 10:05 AM
Looks like a critter did it. Get a trap and find out!

Gmoney
10-02-2012, 10:05 AM
Just be glad its not a bit bigger - as Manitoba Hal illustrated in his early video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY4OoI35qdA

didgeridoo2
10-02-2012, 10:24 AM
Just be glad its not a bit bigger - as Manitoba Hal illustrated in his early video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY4OoI35qdA

Ha ha. I'd freak out if I was strumming and a rodent jumped on my headstock and started chewing. Glad they did it in the case.

Skitzic
10-02-2012, 10:44 AM
I have to jump on the mouse bandwagon here. That lower bout damage is definitely upper and lower teeth work. Get yourself some snap traps.

The have a heart traps never work for me. Whenever I caught a mouse it would have a heart attack and die in there, even if it was only in there a few moments.

RichM
10-02-2012, 11:14 AM
Agreed, that's mouse damage. Mice will chew on anything and everything. Mice can be quite innocuous and you can have them for a long time without realizing they are there. I find glue traps work better than snap traps, but unfortunately, they don't kill the mouse, so you'll have a live and very upset mouse to deal with. Also, if you think you have a mouse, you almost certainly have mice (plural).

sillymonky
10-02-2012, 11:57 AM
I've seen a field mouse trapped in a car parts store - so I don't think they have to have food motivation to want in. The lack of food actually might be why he decided to try your uke - more tasty than metal and rubber gym equipment.

OldePhart
10-02-2012, 12:04 PM
Hmmmm...do you have any coworkers with teething children?...

I think you've got meeces and they're gonna eat your uke to pieces...

John

RyanMFT
10-02-2012, 12:16 PM
As soon as I saw the photos, it was clear to me this is not the work of a mouse....but rather, the mysterious Ukalope. I believe it's mating season and, well.....that is one pretty ukulele you've got there.
http://www.ukulelesoffelton.com/ukalope/

Skitzic
10-02-2012, 01:08 PM
Agreed, that's mouse damage. Mice will chew on anything and everything. Mice can be quite innocuous and you can have them for a long time without realizing they are there. I find glue traps work better than snap traps, but unfortunately, they don't kill the mouse, so you'll have a live and very upset mouse to deal with. Also, if you think you have a mouse, you almost certainly have mice (plural).

Noooooooooooooooooooo! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Don't use glue traps. Seriously. Those things are cruel.

Get the Snap-E Trap (http://www.amazon.com/Kness-SNAP-E-Mouse-Control-Re-usuable/dp/B002YTQ9MI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top). They work great!

Lori
10-02-2012, 02:08 PM
I would guess mice or rats. Use a snapping type trap... no poison or you might have it die in a wall, and then you have a tough mess to find, and flies! Get safety set traps, because they can be dangerous to set, and you don't want to have one snap on your fingers! If it is a rental office building, have the manager get an exterminator out, and a handyman, and rodent proof the place (you need to close up all the entry points).