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Old 05-21-2018, 02:36 PM   #1
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keeping bugs and rodents out

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I have a 2003 Ford V10 ( four winds hurricane ). The RV will be in storage for few months , what are the best ways to prevent rodents and bugs from entering / or infesting in the RV ? are there better spots to use the traps? Also will it be more difficult for rodents to enter if I do not use the jacks ?
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

We don't store ours so can't advise you on that.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Google bobcat urine. They really hate bobcats.
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For the A/C shroud, the fridge, water heater, furnace, I screened all off.....
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Bobcat urine, now that's one I haven't tried. Guess I will give it a try.


To the OP. I have been down the rodent road many times both in RVs and permanent and semi permanent residences. For me the best solution is to seal every opening to the outside world in the place you want to keep pest free. My most recent job was on my wife's StarFlyte MH. We went a few years with bad mouse infestation while using many of the internet suggested repellents. Each year I would search for and fill every opening I could find but continued to be unsuccessful in finding the entry point. Last Fall, before winterization, I tore out most of the seats and bed looking again for non obvious entry points. I found a small opening beside the refrigerator enclosure with evidence of rodent passage which I filled with Pest Retardant Great Stuff spray foam. This Spring, no mice in the MH.


Find every opening that light will pass through and plug it with Pest Retardant Great Stuff and Your pest problem will be gone. The most common openings are around plumbing , gas lines and electrical wiring where they pass through the coach floor or wall. Other points can occur where the coach's construction was imperfect and hidden openings remain such as the one I found on the StarFlyte.



Good luck, sometimes finding all the openings can get frustrating.




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Bo, above said it right. Great stuff does the trick. Also if you can. Plug up any holes between things. Like on my rig under one dinette cushion is all the electrical stuff. I plugged all holes were wires were passing through the walls. Did the same for all the holes water pipes were going through to the fresh water tank. Same for the bathroom area. Basically try to make compartments. If they do get in one there is no place to go from there.
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We bought 2 boxes of fabric softener sheets and put them All Over in our fifth wheel and also in basement storage. Had ABSOLUTELY NO RODENTS, EVIDENCE OF RODENTS OR BUGS OTHER THAN ABOUT A DOZEN DEAD FLIES IN THE SHOWER WHERE THEY WERE ATTRACTED TO THE SKYLIGHT ! Put them in drawers kitchen cabinets etc. Used both boxes up...smelled great in spring also. Not sure I'd want my rig smelling like bobcat urine.

I'd stick with the sheets if we weren't FULL Timers now. Do what you want.
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We bought 2 boxes of fabric softener sheets and put them All Over in our fifth wheel and also in basement storage. Had ABSOLUTELY NO RODENTS, EVIDENCE OF RODENTS OR BUGS OTHER THAN ABOUT A DOZEN DEAD FLIES IN THE SHOWER WHERE THEY WERE ATTRACTED TO THE SKYLIGHT ! Put them in drawers kitchen cabinets etc. Used both boxes up...smelled great in spring also. Not sure I'd want my rig smelling like bobcat urine.

I'd stick with the sheets if we weren't FULL Timers now. Do what you want.
My daughter used dryer sheets in their TT until the day they opened the door and found the mice had made their nests out of dryer sheets. From then on they spent their time plugging holes.
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keeping bugs and rodents out

I had 2 gas RVs, a C and an A. They were very difficult to make pest proof. The front engine area has a ton of access points via fabric air ducts and such that can easily chewed through.
My only defense was traps near the doghouse that I could check about 3 times per week.
We tried every “deterrent” with no success. Moth balls and dryer sheets were found in their nests!
And rope lights are only effective for pack rats in the desert.
My current Monaco Camelot DP has a secure underside and bays. They only way they had access was if I left the stinky slinky hooked up. Even with a special seal around it, they got in! So, I stash the slinky between dump sessions, about every 7 days.
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Hello everyone

I have a 2003 Ford V10 ( four winds hurricane ). The RV will be in storage for few months , what are the best ways to prevent rodents and bugs from entering / or infesting in the RV ? are there better spots to use the traps? Also will it be more difficult for rodents to enter if I do not use the jacks ?

We bought some stuff called "Fresh Cab" repellant from Amazon. It has a pine scent and is quite pleasant, though I have no idea whether it actually repels rodents or not. I will say that we have not had a pest problem storing our Bounder in the past 6 years.

I believe the best thing you can do is to remove absolutely ALL food from the RV, except maybe canned goods. Make sure everything is clean and there are no yummy smelling crackers or whatever left in the cabinet. Good luck!!
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Rodent Sheriff works reasonably well. Did not eliminate 100% of the little fur bearers but it did cut down on about 90% of the tell tails they leave. Plugging the holes and using this peppermint smelling spray on liquid made a big difference in keeping them out of our Fiver. It is available on line at their own site and I believe Amazon carries it too. I spray it on the wheels, jacks, strong arms and any thru wall pipes in the basement.
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The year DW was confined to the house after an auto accident, mice got into the MH. I placed blocks of TomCat mouse and rat poison in hard to access places, in basement compartments, behind the cabinets in the slide and under bottom drawers in bedroom nightstands, etc. Mice were gone in a few months and have never returned.

There was never and odor of decomposing rodents, because the poison makes mice thirsty and they go outside in search of water.


FWIW, dryer sheets do work to deter elephants, we've never seen one in the MH or house.
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I used "Fresh Cab" repellant this stuff really works.
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