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Old 09-22-2015, 01:30 PM   #1
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Refrig vent and critters

Can mice squeeze in thru the vent openings in the side removable panel behind the fridge?
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:59 PM   #2
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Probably, some mice are darned small.


But, how would they scale the vertical side first? Toeholds are tough to come by...


Be much more concerned about the power cord, tires, tongue jack and stabilizers as paths to the RV. Then they have full run of the framework, suspension parts, wiring, plumbing and propane lines. Where these lines enter and exit the cabin, is where we have to close any gaps.


Not just mice. Insects just love to settle into quiet places out of the full sun or rain...


And don't get me started on wire-munching chipmunks!
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Old 09-22-2015, 02:13 PM   #3
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Good Response

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Helpful and funny too! Thanks! The vertical scaling issue makes sense. I just thought that maybe the design of the vent holes would make it impossible for a mouse to contort in order to enter ...
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If there is a hole, with better conditions or food on the other side, a mouse will get through. Even if it has to chew the hole wider.


Then it will set up housekeeping. Invite the spouse and raise a family.


I keep bait stations of industrial strength Coumadin throughout my barn/shop.
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Old 09-22-2015, 02:30 PM   #5
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Mike, I like your vertical toehold logic. I keep my camper shined with Turtle wax regularly. I think I will add a bit more right around and on the vent itself ;-)
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Plus, keep the grass and weeds around the RV really short. Watch for signs of insect/critter activity in the area.


You don't want anything other than your family setting up housekeeping in your RV.
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They can slip through a opening as small as a quarter. They do make critter guards for the fridge vent.


http://www.amazon.com/Camco-42149-Fl.../dp/B0024E6UE0
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Yes indeed mice can climb the side of your TT. I have seen deer mice climb the tongue jack as well. Pest resistant expanding foam is your friend. I have foamed every hole/access point. The mouse got into the interior of our TT by going in the fridge vent and then down the propane line. We were NOT impressed as it was our first outing last fall. I am also going to mod the shore power cord to be removable as the can climb that as well and can get in past the door.
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My brother-in-law was a pest control technician. He said a mouse could get in an opening no more than the thickness of its skull as it could squeeze itself down. It was either an 1/8 or 1/4 of an inch in height. That's not a very big thickness!
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They can slip through a opening as small as a quarter. They do make critter guards for the fridge vent.


http://www.amazon.com/Camco-42149-Fl.../dp/B0024E6UE0
Thank you for this, I've been wondering what I could purchase to prevent the issue I had on my last trailer.
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