There are 5 or 6 of these funnels on stakes in my back yard from the previous owner. Are they insect bait/poison stations? Repellent stations for chipmunks? (not working in that case!)

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These are Hose Guides. They're usually placed near deck posts and similar obstructions to stop your water hose from kinking when you pull it around a corner. They're also used near gardens to stop you dragging the hose through the garden and ruining your planting. Possibly this one:

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  • oooo. do they spin, or are they supposed to work just by their shape? I might need some. – ShapeOfMatter Aug 12 '19 at 19:47
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    Some spin. Some slide. These look like a two-piece design, which implies that they spin. – isherwood Aug 12 '19 at 20:05
  • Doooh! They ARE set up near a water spigot and around a garden bed (though not much is growing in it these days) – autonomy Aug 12 '19 at 20:15
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    I think that Amazon link is the exact product in the question. You can see residual from the sticker that 90% of the reviews are complaining about. – Steve-o169 Aug 12 '19 at 20:51
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    Handy for guiding plug-in lawn mower cords too. – Igby Largeman Aug 13 '19 at 4:37

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