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Old 10-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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issues with insects and mice

Bought an older model, 2004 discovery 39j. We like the unit well enough but the first time we went north fishing we had a coach full of mosquitos. No damaged screens and all windows were closed. We ran the air conditioners. Also taped shut the dryer vent. Brought it home last week to winterize. Parked by house for 10 days and found mouse droppings in rear bedroom. Trapped it promptly, but wonder where it could have gotten in. Can't find a clear cut problem on either of these issues. Anyone who has experienced this and can point out problem spots, please chime in. Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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It could be the refrigerator vent, heater, water heater, any number of places mice can get in. Park lengthwise with the right side on the curb and use a mechanic's creeper to survey the bottom. Any openings for wires, pipes, etc. could be an issue. A can of spray foam can seal up many gaps. Keep the food in the RV in plastic containers or take out of it when not in use.
For insects we use an electric fly swatter from Harbor Freight for anything that makes it in the door when going in or out. Electric Fly Swatter - Electric Bug Zapper
A swing at a flying pest results in a satisfying sizzle like a bug zapper!
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:16 PM   #3
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The condensation inside the Ac unit could be a entry point and/or breeding ground for your mosquitoes.
I've heard mice can get in though a 1/4 inch slot. I don't know if its true but i do know that they really can get in when you think they can't.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:05 AM   #4
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Yeah I know mice can get in a very tiny opening, I dont know about 1/4 inch but it'll be hard to find. There's a lot of places to look at. In response to the electric fly swatter................uhhhh, that's not gonna help keep em out. And they somehow get in by the hundreds. Again, no obvious point of entry. I thought maybe someone with this model may have found the issues. I'll just have to keep looking.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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Place moth balls as well as Irish Spring in containers ie, tooth brush holders for moth balls, soap containers for the bars. Drill holes, lot of holes in the containers and place at all openings and behind pantries cabinets, under sinks, etc. we have done this for the past two years. No mice, roaches, ants, or pest period. As to mosquitoes, really your guess is my guess!?
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Place moth balls as well as Irish Spring in containers ie, tooth brush holders for moth balls, soap containers for the bars. Drill holes, lot of holes in the containers and place at all openings and behind pantries cabinets, under sinks, etc. we have done this for the past two years. No mice, roaches, ants, or pest period. As to mosquitoes, really your guess is my guess!?
We actually do already do all that when in storage. I use Irish Spring liberally in all compartments and in the coach. My real question is if anyone out there has some idea where they are squeezing in. We've owned numerous RV's over the years and never had mice(or mosquitos) get in like in this one. I thought maybe someone else has had and discovered the problem in this model. We may have to use Irish Spring year round I suppose.
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