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Old 11-15-2013, 05:00 PM   #15
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They chewed my wiring twice while blinking lights were installed and all sorts of repellants sprayed.
The problem has finally been solved by buying a Rope light (Blue) and stringing all around the class A motorhome. I control the lights with a 24 hour timer wired to house AC. They turn on at dusk and turn off at first light. They are LED lights so the will not bankrupt you to run.

I live in Desert Hills, North Phoenix AZ.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:40 PM   #16
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We are semi-permanent near Phoenix. Have a serious pack rat issue. We don't want to use poison for usual reasons - humane reasons, other wildlife, stinking dead bodies. I tried peppermint oil, Fresh Cab (I have a great photo of beautiful cotton ball nest next to Fresh Cab, but don't know how to post it here). Have live trapped two and relocated them. Will keep doing that but it's too slow. Leaving little lights on around the area in the coach helped, but that's too much of a bandaide approach.

Is it at all possible to plug all the openings? I'm ready to try the electronic repellents. And I read on some thread here, that I can no longer find, about something to paint under the carriage? Any other suggestions? Moving not an option right now. I'm thinking lights on timers around the outside and also inside. ????
First of all, do you realize how much damage a bunch of varmits/rodents/vermin like this, can cause to your coach? Just asking because I'm not sure if you do.

Also, I'm curious, why on earth would you 'relocate' said vermin/rodents/varmits to an other area away from you so that another human will have to deal with them? Once again, just curious.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #17
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This works,
I tried other methods but this really keeps em away. I use two solar powered security lights. On at dusk and off at dawn. Pesky rats will not enter the RV coach area and if they do at night, I have set the lights for high sensitivity and I am sure the lights scare the bee jeesus out of the little devils really works well.
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Do you put these lights inside your coach or outside or both?


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As mentioned, rid a rat seems to work. It was designed by a Arizonan and he distributes them thru various ace hardwares in az. Call before you go as not all aces have them.

One thing I know about pack rats. They love mesquite trees and nest in prickly pair. If you got both nearby odds are you will have pack rats. I got rid of all my prickly pair and try to keep the seeds raked up. I also laced a few of the mesquites with poison blocks. I don't like poison but the damage the rats do makes it a easy decision and rats are easier to find dead than mice, I don't poison mice as the bodies are hard to find.
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The lights are still working and no critter problems. This is a fix.
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The lights are still working and no critter problems. This is a fix.
I am glad to hear blue works as ours are not white either. It's Mardi Gras time at our place whenever the sun sets... so far the only night walkers to come near them walk upright and on two legs. Usually carrying a libation...
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Not to sound like a smart @$$, but after reading the title, I thought this thread was aboot a RV spin of the show "Hoarders".

I ve never heard of this packrat animal before. Sounds like they can really cause some destruction! Are they a rat or a mouse?
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Not to sound like a smart @$$, but after reading the title, I thought this thread was aboot a RV spin of the show "Hoarders".

I ve never heard of this packrat animal before. Sounds like they can really cause some destruction! Are they a rat or a mouse?
Oh they're cute and cuddly and you need to let them in.... not!
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Victor makes an electronic trap and a rat zapper. See www.victorpest.com
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If you trap them, instead of relocating them, make friends with your nearest wildlife rehab center and donate them for food for injured and orphaned animals that are not so destructive.
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