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Old 03-10-2015, 11:51 PM   #1
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So what do I do now?

Raised the hood on the MH today, and their was a nest of hay grass on top of the engine. I bought moth balls, and placed them on top of the engine. I then placed them all around the coach. I have about 6 barn cats, and I thought they were doing a good job. They may have already got the rat, I don't know for sure. When I first raised the hood one of my cats was laying on top of the engine. I'm also leaving the hood open for now. Any ideas on how to keep the rodents out?
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Apparently, they don't like flashing lights. My neighbor put a small set of flashing LED's under the hood with a switch on the dash. It seems to be working.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Will check it out.
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Any chance it could be squirrels instead of rats?
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One of our members constructed a pet-proof, self-replenishing, bait feeder. Use the search feature here to locate the thread and directions.
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Any chance it could be squirrels instead of rats?
Squirrels are rats with bushy tails and some good animation PR.
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In my opinion the best way to stop that is to clean out every piece of nest you can find then GO CAMPING!! That will stop the nest building!
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In my opinion the best way to stop that is to clean out every piece of nest you can find then GO CAMPING!! That will stop the nest building!
I like that!
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No, we don't have squirrels out here in the plains. Lol
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Last spring, I found nests on top of our Jeep engine, inside the riding lawn mower engine compartment, and inside the electrical compartment in the moho! After reading about an off-duty cop that died of Hanta virus in the county just N of us, I read as much as I could attempting to find a solution. The manager at a local ranch supply recommended a product called Fresh-Cab, so I placed a bag in the glove compartment of the Jeep, another bag inside each compartment of the moho (including hanging one with a zip tie in the engine compartment), and I simply keep the riding mower inside the garage now. I also crammed steel wool (or copper wool if moisture can get to it) in EVERY space under the moho, paying particular attention around conduits, pipes, and openings to the plumbing and electrical compartments. Once a week, I let our Jack Russell terriers romp around inside the moho, and the compartments, too. I have them walk around under the chassis on a daily basis.

Since doing this routine, I have had no more problems with the critters. I do not know which of these works the best, but I am not going to change the routine to find out. Another person died recently from Hanta virus, this time in our county about 25 miles from our home. That makes this a very serious problem, with life-threatening consequences.

Please let us all know what works for you, once you figure it out.

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Holy Doodle! Where have I been living? First time I've heard of a Hanta Virus problem in the U.S. That is a bad one. Is the government doing anything to eradicate it?
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Holy Doodle! Where have I been living? First time I've heard of a Hanta Virus problem in the U.S. That is a bad one. Is the government doing anything to eradicate it?
The typical advice given by county health officials is to prevent the deer mice from entering barns, garages, houses, and vehicles. Here is a link from the newspaper in our area reporting the most recent fatality. There is a link from the CDC at the end of the report concerning their recommendations on prevention, symptoms, etc.

Hidden hazard: Buena Vista man dies of hantavirus - The Chaffee County Times: Free Content

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You might try Critter Ridder, I get it at Tractor Supply seems to work but need to spray it on every week or two and don't get it on exterior finish.
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There have been Hanta virus problems in the 4 corners area for several years.


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