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Old 03-18-2005, 08:21 PM   #1
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We have a Airstream TT with full belly pan and I have been over every inch underneath and can find NO holes period. No hatch, doors, cords, nothing is open that I can find. How do these pesky critters get in and how to prevent them from doing so?
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Old 03-18-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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We have a Airstream TT with full belly pan and I have been over every inch underneath and can find NO holes period. No hatch, doors, cords, nothing is open that I can find. How do these pesky critters get in and how to prevent them from doing so?
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Old 03-19-2005, 05:46 AM   #3
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I've been using moth balls in all the lower cabinets that have any type of outside ability to get in and have no problem with them.
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Old 03-19-2005, 05:54 AM   #4
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John,

I doubt seriously that you can keep them from getting in. I put out some of those poison bait pellets in a jar lid down in my storage compartments and another under the sink when my rig is winterized. When a rodent eats this stuff it causes them extreme dehydration and they'll go frantically searching for water.

Since I drain all the water, blow out lines, add pink antifreeze to lines and traps, there is no water for them to drink. I've never seen a live (or dead) rodent in my rig since I started this process four winters ago.

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Old 03-19-2005, 06:14 AM   #5
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We put the pink stuff in our toilet bowl for the winter. There was a dead mouse in there And Larry even used the steel wool at the water/elec holes. Figure it out. They also used our toilet paper to build a nest. Maybe they come in the water heater????Because they are always in bathroom where the water heater is.
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we put small aluminum plates with moth balls all over the rig,,also we put downy sheets all over the furniture and counter tops and such ... seems to work
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:38 AM   #7
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One of the most effective methoids for keeping rodentds out of your trailer is dryer sheets. Bounce or some other brand will work well, also it has the benifit of keepint the air fresh. Don't know why it works but it does.
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This past fall we had our first ever mouse infestation. We placed mouse traps in severl palces and captures a few of then. We also put bronze wool (not steel since it will rust) at the power cord opening and packed it in place. The little critters don't like chewing on it. We also place the cheap inexpensive drier sheet in the area where the landing gear comes up into the coach and several lockers and cabinets. Have not seen a mouse since. So it must have worked.

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We used to have a wonderful MH we took camping in the National Forest in WA state. One summer after a week in the "wilderness" (dry-camping in the woods) we discovered mouse droppings in our storage bins! We used "Critter Repellent" I purchased from the internet and, when in storage, I sprinkled it around the tires and also used some plug-in repellent units from Wal-Mart. The "Critter Repellent" is Completely safe for the environment and pets ! It is a powder you sprinkle, it is odorless to humans, and there are different types for different pests. I have also used some for raccoons. Seems to work very well. It is a formulation of fox and/or coyote urine!!

Works well and is very safe & I really cannot smell it!
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Old 06-05-2005, 11:53 AM   #10
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I had a terrible problem with rats and mice until I started using the fabric softener sheets. I put a dozen or more in the trailer. I put them in all cupboards and compartments etc., and change them every 4 to 6 months. I have not had a problem since. I was skeptical, but they work.
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Old 06-02-2007, 04:15 AM   #11
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I take a whole box of dryer sheets and scatter them all over the camper, in cabinets,drawers,under cushions,etc... . Never had a mouse in camper, my brother in law who has had rodent infestation every winter since he owned the camper tried the dryer sheets this year, no mice
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look at the furnace , most of them mice can get threw the heat exchanger into the duct system. the drier sheets work .
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It's not just during storage that this is a problem. As full-timers, I thought we were pretty much immune from critter problems since we are in the rig all the time. Was I ever wrong!

I checked the oil in our motor home during a stay in the desert near Carlsbad, NM back in May. There were some twigs sticking out from the top of the engine. When I took a closer look, there were 2 eyes peering back at me. A wood rat had built a nest on the top of the engine. I chased her and cleaned up the mess on 3 consecutive mornings before I finally bought a trap. Now I make a point of checking the engine and generator every time we prepare to get underway.
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I stored my unit for almost a year before going full time in it.
While stored I tried everything, including drier sheets (all over the place). It slowed them down, but it didn't solve the problem.
Traps work, but need constant maintenance.
Poison worked best while storing it.
But after going full time, we have cats in the trailer with us, so poison is not an option.

I finally figured out where they were getting in, where the water line comes up from the fresh water tank, they were squeezing in there.
The landing gear area was obvious, and the wiring from the slideout was another area.
They managed to get into the ceiling once this winter, talk about irratating!!!

I went back to traps with a heavy peanut butter. Put them next to the water line and electric lines, and eventually I got all of them without ripping the ceiling apart.
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