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Old 05-09-2015, 07:17 PM   #1
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Rodent prevention

This last winter when winterizing I placed Cab Fresh anddryer sheets throughout, and cotton balls with peppermint oil in the pantry.

It seemed we avoided a mouse visit until we opened one of the kitchen drawer and found shredded paper. That appears the only place. It looks like it came in through a spot that the heat duct goes down through the floor near the kitchen sink. I plan to seal that spot with some steel wool but does anyone have a suggestion I am not already using?
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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Be aware that steel wool will rust pretty quickly in outdoor air and even faster after it gets wet from road spray. I would seal the crack with silicone and cover it with aluminum foil tape.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:35 PM   #3
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Supermarkets sell copper scrubbies that you could use instead of steel wool, if you are afraid of rust. I would guess that chewing on copper fibers hurts a mouse's mouth as much as chewing on steel wool fibers.
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I used the metal pot scrubbers and then finished the job with LOW EXPANDING foam in a can insulation.
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I don't think you missed anything. Unless you mouse-proof every opening and every crevis, you will always have the potential for rodents. I would seal the area where the rodent got in and when you winterize, make sure you have cab fresh or peppermint oil (or both) at that location.
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You can buy expanding foam in a can that has cayenne pepper in it, rodents will not chew

Available at the box stores. Great Stuff rodent/bug
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You can buy expanding foam in a can that has cayenne pepper in it, rodents will not chew

Available at the box stores. Great Stuff rodent/bug
Great idea. I never heard of. That's why it's a good idea to walk the isles in big box stores for new products. I just found all kinds of new pain products.
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We had a rat get into our X213 last winter through a huge hole where the wiring harness goes into the trailer under that tub. I the week he lived there he pissed and crapped everywhere. 1 year later you can still smell it in the bathroom. Nothing I have tried has removed the smell. The trailer is also built so that you can not get behind anything without smashing your way in there. I believe that it was really stupid of Jayco to put a half inch wiring harness in a 2 inch hole to start with, and then to build a trailer that you can not actually access behind appliances to clean or repair things.

I realize that making you take your trailer to a dealer for every little thing is good for business, but I have had really bad experiences with dealers, be it motorcycles, cars or trailers. Now I refuse to use them, and If I cant do it myself I will just buy something else. Lots of competition out there

New trailers are slapped together as cheap as possible with the hope that they make it through the warranty period without major issues.
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