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Old 02-06-2020, 01:17 PM   #1
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Suggestions to Critter proof our coach

We are heading to Tucson next month and the DW is worried about critters getting in the coach and coming home with us. I am looking for some methods to keep them out or stop them once they come aboard.
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Dogs work pretty well on most critters, either as a deterrent or an eradicator. Some people use cats, but they only work when they feel like it. Dogs understand that it's their job.
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When we are at the State and County parks in Tucson, we ring our coach and Toad with LED rope lights. In theory, this is supposed to discourage Packrats from entering the coach and toad. There are plenty of packrats in these areas. I believe that the lights are a deterrent. In full disclosure, many believe that they are not.

All I can say is that we camp in high population packrat areas (and have done so multiple times a year for the past 4 years) and to date have not had one onboard. I donít know if the lights are the reason or that Iíve just been lucky.

I am going to continue to use my string of lights.

BTW, March is a great time to be in the Tucson area deserts.
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I live in pack rat country and my RV is parked outside year round and has been invaded a few times. I’ve also had rats and mice in my garage and cars. We trapped over 70 around the house one year. I began using Fresh Cab this year and I’ve seen no signs of them in my garage or RV. I put a bag at each side of the garage doors and several in and around the RV. Old bags need to be replaced with new bags about every two to three months but I’ve been pleased with the results so far.
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I'm fighting them in my sister's van right now. They keep building a nest under the distributor. I've trapped a couple and ran one over as it escaped the engine compartment, but I see today that one's been chewing on paper between the front seats. Time to set the traps again.
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Bucket Trap!

I built 2 of these and I keep them 1 on each side of my coach.



I have tried every remedy on Google over the past 7 years to no avail.

This is the number 1 Most effective trap I have tried.

I have eradicated the population in my yard.

If you have other Critters this guy Shawn Woods on youtube has pretty much covered it so check it out.

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I see you're in CT. What do you do to keep the water in the bucket from freezing over winter? We've only had issues while the coach is in storage over winter.

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I see you're in CT. What do you do to keep the water in the bucket from freezing over winter? We've only had issues while the coach is in storage over winter.

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I shoulda thought of that. Thanks!

I guess if it does freeze anyway, I'd have mice-cicles....or is that micicles?

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Great Ideas... The DW is also worried about the "creepy crawly things"
Ants, Spiders, etc.
Does this area have a large ant or spider population?
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Great Ideas... The DW is also worried about the "creepy crawly things"
Ants, Spiders, etc.
Does this area have a large ant or spider population?
Arizona has fewer bugs/spiders than Florida. In winter, virtually none.

Do you normally get rodents in your RV? If so, then you need to find out where they're coming in. If not, then your chances are good you won't get any in Arizona, especially if you're in a RV park. If you're boondocking then the chances are upped. If staying a long time in one spot we've had success with hanging a mesh bag filled with moth balls in the generator and the engine compartments. Make a note on the steering wheel or wherever to remove the bags before driving. The only time we had rodents in 16 yrs. was boondocking in Idaho amidst sagebrush. Once we moved on - no further issues.
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